As we enter the month of December, it can only mean one thing; a festive pile-up. For the fans this can be considered a treat but for the players it is six weeks of tiresome work. They journey across the country (albeit on first class travel), competing in the most intense league for 90 minutes with very few days of rest in between. And this year, the fixture generator has thrown up an even tougher period of games than normal.
Arsene Wenger believes the festive fixture list is the most “uneven” he has seen in 20 years.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 3, 2017
Who has the most congested fixtures?
It doesn’t get any better this season, however, and some teams have been more unfortunate than others. Due to TV rights, plenty of fixtures have been moved around, with a lot of the bigger clubs getting a few days extra rest.
Leicester City will experience the most congested set of fixtures between the 23 December and 1 January, whilst Arsenal will experience the least. Leicester play four matches in the space of 213 hours, with Arsenal enjoying a more leisurely 290 hours to complete their set of matches.
Other big clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea, enjoy a longer period of rest than their counterparts further down the table. But the likes of Brighton, Burnley and Bournemouth have been given a limited space of time- completing their four fixtures in just over 215 hours.
Here are the televised fixtures in full:
Tues Dec 12 – Huddersfield v Chelsea – 8pm (BT Sport)
Weds Dec 13 – West Ham v Arsenal – 8pm (BT Sport)
Sat Dec 16 – Leicester City v Crystal Palace – 12.30pm (Sky Sports)
Sat Dec 16 – Manchester City v Tottenham – 5.30pm (BT Sport)
Sun Dec 17 – West Brom v Man Utd – 2.15pm (Sky Sports)
Sun Dec 17 – Bournemouth v Liverpool – 4.30pm (Sky Sports)
Mon Dec 18 – Everton v Swansea – 8pm (Sky Sports)
Fri Dec 22 – Arsenal v Liverpool – 7.45pm (Sky Sports)
Sat Dec 23 – Everton v Chelsea – 12.30pm (Sky Sports)
Sat Dec 23 – Burnley v Tottenham – 5.30pm (BT Sport)
Sat Dec 23 – Leicester City v Man Utd – 7.45pm (Sky Sports)
Tues Dec 26 – Tottenham v Southampton – 12.30pm (Sky Sports)
Tues Dec 26 – Liverpool v Swansea City – 5.30pm (Sky Sports)
Wed Dec 27 – Newcastle v Man City – 7.45pm (Sky Sports)
Thurs Dec 28 – Crystal Palace v Arsenal – 8pm (Sky Sports)
Sat Dec 30 – Manchester United v Southampton – 5.30pm (BT Sport)
Sun Dec 31 Crystal Palace v Manchester City – 12pm (BT Sport)