The Premier League festive fixtures 2016/2017
Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Wednesday evening at White Hart Lane brought an end to the festive fixture list.
Whilst Spurs and Manchester United had the best of it over the past four gameweeks, there were a fair few managers who visibly lost the plot after some recent matches.
Pep Guardiola seemingly got into a war of words with every journalist he came into contact with after Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday.
Similarly, Jurgen Klopp was lost for words after Liverpool’s draw at Sunderland on the same day.
It is no coincidence that both Klopp and Guardiola, two of the best managers in the business, had to deal with two games in 48 hours and then visibly melted down in front of our eyes.
Other managers to lose their minds a little in recent days have included Arsene Wenger, Sam Allardyce and Claude Puel. (Southampton undoubtedly had the worst fixtures over the past 10 days.)
And, we haven’t even mentioned the players, who took the brunt of all these games…
The Premier League festive fixtures 2017/2018
Looking ahead to next season, the BBC have revealed that next season’s fixture list over the festive period could be absolutely insane.
This year there were four matches over the Christmas and New Year period. Gameweek 17 began on December 17 and Gameweek 20 finished yesterday.
Next season, the Premier League are looking to fit in six (six!) gameweeks over the same period.
The 2017/2018 season will finish earlier in a bid to help England prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
As a result, Premier League clubs look set to play six games over 17 days from December 16, 2017 until January 1, 2018.
Next Christmas and New Year will likely feature a whopping 60 Premier League matches. This season there were 40.
Fans of the Premier League will LOVE it. We can only imagine what the likes of Jurgen Klopp & Pep Guardiola have to say about this!