Tradition keeps the Premier League alive at Christmas

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Christmas time is crunch time in the Premier League with the opportunity to pick up points that can make-or-break seasons. The fixture list becomes congested with vital matches for clubs up-and-down and division. It can be a nightmare for managers due to the huge burden on their players that is caused by playing so many games in such a short period of time, but as far as for spectators it’s perhaps the most exciting time of the campaign with round the clock action.

The rest of Europe does not quite see it that way. While matches continue in England across all four leagues, games on the majority take a break for the winter and return just after the New Year. It’s a two-week break to rest and recuperate for the second half of the campaign. Calls had been made for the Premier League to adopt the system and it will be implemented for the first time in February.

It may seem a strange move for people in Europe and even the United States to not put a break in at the middle point of the season as the Bundesliga and LaLiga have done. However, the festive period is so entrenched in the folklore of English football that it would be sacrilege for the governing bodies to remove it from the schedule. Pressure could be put on to reduce the amount of games in the future, with as many as three contests a week played by some sides, although no matter how many games they’ll play, BetzCenter have got you covered for the best tips on the action in the Premier League, breaking down the best value to put down your money.

Since the introduction of foreign coaches and players, there have more been more calls for the Premier League at the least to adopt the winter break over Christmas. Perhaps the same sentiment for the period is not quite felt in their hearts. However, for others, it’s similar to that of the Thanksgiving Day games in the NFL in the States where six teams are chosen to play on the American holiday. Families can gather in a ritual either at the game in question or around the television to watch the games. It’s a tradition.

The Boxing Day games share that aura of sentimentality about them as people from around the country may return to their family homes at Christmas and can watch the games with their loved ones or old friends. Stadiums tend to be fuller around the time of Boxing Day where some teams have even deployed the gift of football as part of packages designed to entice punters into grounds. As long as stadiums continue to sell out in the festive period and television figures remain high there’s going to be no change in the minds of the governing bodies of English football and the television companies that pump funds into the game.

The managers finally got their wish for the winter break in February and that seems to be a solid point for them now, but it would take something drastic for the schedule to be shifted in December – the punters at least would let their feelings known and, at the end of the day, they’re the ones who matter the most.

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