English Premier League clubs mark the holidays with matches on Boxing Day

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is a special occasion in the world of English football.

by Faruk Imamovic
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English Premier League clubs mark the holidays with matches on Boxing Day

Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is a special occasion in the world of English football. For over 120 years, English clubs have played league games on this day, making it a tradition and a way of life for the English. In addition to being a special way to mark the holidays, the tickets for Boxing Day matches are also cheaper, making it accessible for all fans to attend.

Despite some coaches expressing concern about player fatigue on Boxing Day, the tradition remains unchanged. In fact, the busy schedule continues for English clubs not only on Boxing Day, but also on the following day and on New Year's Day.

The new round of matches even begins on Friday, with matches being played on the first day of 2023 as well. The 17th round of the Premiership will be played on Boxing Day, with several exciting matches on the schedule. The day will kick off with a match between Brantford and Tottenham at 1:30 p.m.

GMT, followed by Crystal Palace vs. Fulham, Everton vs. Wolves, Leicester vs. Newcastle, and Southampton vs. Brighton at 4 p.m. Later in the evening, Aston Villa and Liverpool will face off at 6:30 p.m., while the city derby between Arsenal and West Ham will close out the day at 9 p.m.

Other notable matches on the schedule include Chelsea vs. Bournemouth and Manchester United vs. Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, and Leeds vs. Manchester City on Wednesday. No matter which teams are playing, the special occasion of Boxing Day makes for a festive atmosphere at the matches and a memorable experience for all football fans.

In addition to the busy schedule of matches, English football fans also have the tradition of celebrating the holidays with their favorite teams. Many clubs host special events and activities for their supporters, such as holiday-themed matchday experiences and meet-and-greets with players.

The intensity of the matches on Boxing Day and throughout the holiday season can also make for some exciting and unexpected results. In the past, there have been upsets and surprise victories that have added to the excitement and drama of the festive period.

It is always unpredictable what will happen on the pitch, and this adds to the thrill of following English football during the holidays.

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