Premier League Christmas fixtures: Winners and losers after schedule announced as Chelsea face tough run

Jack Rosser
·2-min read
<p>Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have little time to recuperate over the busy festive period</p> (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have little time to recuperate over the busy festive period

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Crystal Palace are among the clubs who have been dealt a tough hand by the festive fixture list.

The Blues, City, Palace and Everton have just 48 hours rest time between matches on Boxing Day and December 28 - the shortest of any clubs over the congested Christmas period.

Chelsea face Arsenal away at 5.30pm GMT on Boxing Day and then play Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in another 5.30pm kick-off two days later.

In contrast, Tottenham have a turnaround time of 70 hours and 45 minutes between their two games after Christmas, while Arsenal have a gap of 73 hours and 30 minutes.

Liverpool - who have an eight-day break before their game against West Brom on December 27 - have a gap of 75 hours and 30 minutes between their two matches, while Manchester United have a gap of 79 hours and 30 minutes.

Fulham and Newcastle have the most rest time of any teams - with both having an extra two full days’ turnaround time after they play on Boxing Day.

Both clubs will get 99 hours to recover in total before they play again on December 30.

Under the Premier League broadcast schedule, no club can have a gap between games of less than 48 hours.

In order to try and ease the burden at the crux of a hectic season, the Premier League have - on average - eased the turnaround time. Across all 20 clubs, the average break between the two Christmas matches is 62.05 hours per club, up from last season’s average of 52.90.

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