Premier League decides against Christmas Eve matches


Premier League decides against Christmas Eve matches


The fixtures selected for live TV broadcast up to the 28thof December as well as the matches rescheduled for other reasons have been announced.Every season, when scheduling the fixtures, the Premier League includes provision for matches played on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day to have reduced travel times for teams and their fans.There will be 24 matches televised live in the UK over six match rounds, starting with Chelsea’s home fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday the 2ndof December at 12:30 GMT, and ending with Arsenal’s visit to Crystal Palace on Thursday the 28thof December at 20:00. So, we are quickly approachingthe peak time for supporters attending and watching the Premier League!

It was announced at first that some of the matches are scheduledon Christmas weekend for the first time in 11 years.Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year and Sky had wanted to schedule the game that night.Fans had been furious about the plan, with Liverpool’s followers facing the prospect of being stuck in London for Christmas Day. After a backlash from supporters against the Sky TV-driven proposal,there will be no Premier League fixtures on Sunday 24th of December. Four matches have been selected for live UK coverage that weekend, with three to be televised on Saturday the 23rdof December.

Significant victory for the fans   

The decision not to hold a fixture on December 24th is a great step forward for fans with many supporters’ groups voicing strong opposition to the proposed plans.

It is certainly small but significant victory for the fans.When selecting matches, the broadcasters are using the rights that the Premier League and the clubs have sold them. The Premier League officials are still emphasizing that “Sky Sports and BT Sport do a fantastic job and their investment in our game has transformed football on and off the pitch at all levels.

The Premier League matches selected for broadcast by Sky Sports and BT Sport announced on Thursday were for the period from December 2nd to 28th, covering six rounds of matches. Twenty four fixtures were selected for live coverage in the UK.

Arsenal’s match with Liverpool at the Emirates will take place on Friday December 22nd.There will be three games on December 23rd including Everton vs. Chelsea, Burnleyvs. Tottenham and United’s visit to Leicester.

The broadcast selections for the final round of December fixtures and the month of January will be announced “no later” than October 27th, the Premier League said.

Fantastic selection of 24 live televised matches:
(All times GMT)

Saturday 2nd December

12:30 Chelsea v Newcastle (Sky Sports)

17:30 Arsenal v Man Utd (BT Sport)

Sunday 3rd December

13:30 AFC Bournemouth v Southampton (Sky Sports)

16:00 Man City v West Ham (Sky Sports)

Saturday 9th December

12:30 West Ham v Chelsea (Sky Sports)

17:30 Newcastle v Leicester (BT Sport)

Sunday 10th December

12:00 Southampton v Arsenal (BT Sport)

14:15 Liverpool v Everton (Sky Sports)

16:30 Man Utd v Man City (Sky Sports)

Tuesday 12th December

20:00 Huddersfield Town v Chelsea (BT Sport)

Wednesday 13th December

19:45 Swansea City v Man City

20:00 Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth

Both further to Manchester derby moving to 10 December

20:00 West Ham v Arsenal (BT Sport)

Saturday 16th December

12:30 Leicester City v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)

Subject to change dependent on EFL Cup 5th round participation

17:30 Man City v Spurs (BT Sport)

Sunday 17th December

14:15 West Brom v Man Utd (Sky Sports)

Subject to change dependent on Everton and/or Swansea reaching EFL Cup 5th round

16:30 AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool (Sky Sports)

Monday 18thDecember

20:00 Everton v Swansea (Sky Sports)

Subject to change dependent on Everton and/or Swansea reaching EFL Cup 5th round

Friday 22ndDecember

19:45 Arsenal v Liverpool (Sky Sports)

Saturday 23rd December

12:30 Everton v Chelsea (Sky Sports)

17:30 Burnley v Spurs (BT Sport)

19:45 Leicester City v Man Utd (Sky Sports)

Tuesday 26th December

12:30 Spurs v Southampton (Sky Sports)

17:30 Liverpool v Swansea (Sky Sports)

Wednesday 27th December

19:45 Newcastle United v Man City (Sky Sports)

Thursday 28th December

20:00 Crystal Palace v Arsenal (Sky Sports)


Because of their selection on the 28th of December, neither Arsenal nor Crystal Palace will play on the 30thof December.

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