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Aston Villa’s season will be cut in half by the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the festive season is expected to be affected.
According to The Telegraph, the traditional round of Premier League games between Boxing Day and New Years is being scrapped in a bid to help alleviate player burnout after the World Cup. Matches that are usually played on December 28 will be moved to allay fitness and injury concerns as the World Cup ends just eight days before Boxing Day.
Abolition of the string of matches between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day is something Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have campaigned for. Reds boss Klopp has claimed it’s ‘not fair’ that players are forced to play three games in a matter of days after Christmas.
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“December will always be crazy,” he said last year. “Everything is fine until you reach Christmas. 26/28 is still not good to play.
“We accept that, we play, it’s tradition but it’s really hard. January is not better and the more success we have in cups, it’s the same. So it’s two difficult months ahead. “
The Telegraph adds that when the Premier League publishes the 2022/23 fixture schedule on Thursday (9.00am), its festive schedule will now only include Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and January 2 match dates.