Premier League winter break 2019/20 dates confirmed: When your club will have a rest | Football | Sport

Most other European leagues have a break over the winter and now the English top-flight has followed suit.

Fans were fearful that it may disrupt the congested festive period which supporters have traditionally loved.

But those concerns are eased as a two-week gap has been left in February to allow players to recover for the final push of the season.

The weekend of February 15-16 is vacant, which indicates that weekend be free from matches.

There are no FA Cup rounds or international breaks planned for said weekend.

However, when the FA announced a winter break last year they revealed 10 teams would play one weekend and 10 the next – meaning some football was played every weekend.

But initial fixture list indicates all teams will now take a winter break simultaneous.

The fixtures are subject to change and five matches could well move to the free weekend.

Speaking at the announcement of the change last year, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: “It’s all come together at a nice time and it’s now definite.

“We will have this split weekend and we are calling it a ‘mid-season player break’. We’re not calling it a winter break. Why is that? Because we’re not breaking.

“We’re playing five games one week and five the other. I think that’s positive I think it’s good for English football.

“I have to compliment (former FA chief executive) Martin Glenn, he doesn’t see anything other than a successful Premier League as being good for English football.”

February 8

Arsenal vs Newcastle United, 3pm

Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur, 3pm

Brighton vs Watford, 3pm

Chelsea vs Manchester United, 3pm

Everton vs Crystal Palace, 3pm

Manchester City vs West Ham United, 3pm

Norwich City vs Liverpool, 3pm

Sheffield United vs Bournemouth, 3pm

Southampton vs Burnley, 3pm

Wolverhampton vs Leicester City, 3pm

February 22

Arsenal vs Everton, 3pm

Burnley vs Bournemouth, 3pm

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, 3pm

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United, 3pm

Leicester City vs Manchester City, 3pm

Liverpool vs West Ham United, 3pm

Manchester United vs Watford, 3pm

Sheffield United vs Brighton, 3pm

Southampton vs Aston Villa, 3pm

Wolves vs Norwich City, 3pm

*fixtures subject to change

Don’t miss your Premier League fixtures poster in Friday’s edition of the Daily Express

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