Premier League winter break: The brutal verdict facing Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea

Premier League winter break: The brutal verdict facing Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea

And that may even mean a winter getaway for some football fans looking to take advantage of a week without football, ensuring they don’t miss their team in action.

This year’s season will see the introduction of a two-week break for the first time.

The two-week break will take place in February, but fans will still be able to watch football across both weekends during the period, even if their team are skipping a week.

That’s because five Premier League matches will take place on the first weekend and five on the second, ensuring that each team gets time off.

10 teams will be playing the first weekend and the other 10 teams will be playing the following weekend, which will allow all clubs to have a 14-day break from football.

That will allow teams to recover ahead of the business end of the season when FA Cup games and European competition come into play.

But the break has raised the potential opportunity for some of the biggest clubs – the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – to arrange prestige friendlies overseas as part of a commercial exercise.

However, the chance to cash in on some extra money and attract fans abroad is likely to be met with a brutal response from the Football Association, according to The Sun.

It will be the FA who have the final say on any planned friendlies as they will either sanction or deny any requests.

Given the FA were strongly behind pushing for a midweek break they will likely deny clubs putting forward their requests, according to The Sun.

Current regulations state the FA must approve every trip oversees a Premier League side undertakes from pre-season tours to warm-weather training camps.

There is an expectation clubs will take the opportunity to jet away for some warm weather training, along with some practice matches, and the FA will not have a problem with that.

But those looking for a big-name clash against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona in Asia somewhere will likely be rejected by the FA.

It has not yet been made clear which 10 teams will play during the first week and which games will take place after.

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

FEBRUARY FIXTURES AROUND THE PLANNED WINTER BREAK

08/02/2020 15:00 Arsenal v Newcastle United

08/02/2020 15:00 Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

08/02/2020 15:00 Brighton v Watford

08/02/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United

08/02/2020 15:00 Everton v Crystal Palace

08/02/2020 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United

08/02/2020 15:00 Norwich City v Liverpool

08/02/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v A.F.C. Bournemouth

08/02/2020 15:00 Southampton v Burnley

08/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Leicester City

22/02/2020 15:00 Arsenal v Everton

22/02/2020 15:00 Burnley v A.F.C. Bournemouth

22/02/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

22/02/2020 15:00 Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

22/02/2020 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester City

22/02/2020 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United

22/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Watford

22/02/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v Brighton

22/02/2020 15:00 Southampton v Aston Villa

22/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Norwich City

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