ottenham and Brentford have been handed an early start on Boxing Day as the Premier League confirmed new dates and TV times for the festive schedule.
The London derby in west London is the first top-flight game back after the World Cup, with Arsenal hosting West Ham in the late game.
Chelsea’s home game with Bournemouth has been pushed back to December 27, following by Manchester United hosting Nottingham Forest. All those games are on Amazon Prime.
The Premier League have confirmed that teams have been given extra time off between matches during the usual hectic December schedule, likely given the World Cup concluding less than a week prior.
A statement: “Special arrangements have been made to allow more time between matches played across the three festive match rounds.
“This will allow greater time for players to recover, with the rest period between Matchweeks 18-19 increased to ensure that no club play within 48 hours of another of their matches.”
Tottenham are also involved in the first game of 2023, hosting Aston Villa on January 1, before Chelsea travel to Nottingham Forest. The previous day, Wolves host Manchester United in the first game, with Arsenal at Brighton in the evening.
Arsenal then host high-flying Newcastle on January 4, with Chelsea and Manchester City facing off on January 5.
December and early January TV dates and times
(all games are 3pm kick-offs, unless stated)
Monday 26 December
- 12.30: Brentford v Spurs (Prime Video)
- Crystal Palace v Fulham (Prime Video)
- Everton v Wolves (Prime Video)
- Leicester v Newcastle (Prime Video)
- Southampton v Brighton (Prime Video)
- 17.30: Aston Villa v Liverpool (Prime Video)
- 20.00: Arsenal v West Ham (Prime Video)
Tuesday 27 December
- 17.30: Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth (Prime Video)
- 20.00: Man Utd v Nott’m Forest (Prime Video)
Wednesday 28 December
- 20.00: Leeds v Man City (Prime Video)
Friday 30 December
- 19.45: West Ham v Brentford
- 20.00: Liverpool v Leicester (Sky Sports)
Saturday 31 December
- 12.30: Wolves v Man Utd (BT Sport)
- AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
- Fulham v Southampton
- Man City v Everton
- Newcastle v Leeds
- 17.30: Brighton v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
Sunday 1 January
- 14.00: Spurs v Aston Villa (Sky Sports)
- 16.30: Nottingham Forest v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Monday 2 January
- 17.30: Brentford v Liverpool (Sky Sports)
Tuesday 3 January
- 19.45: Everton v Brighton
- 19.45: Leicester v Fulham
- 20.00: Arsenal v Newcastle (Sky Sports)
- 20.00: Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth
Wednesday 4 January
- 19.30: Southampton v Nottingham Forest
- 19.45: Leeds v West Ham
- 20.00: Aston Villa v Wolves
- 20.00: Crystal Palace v Spurs (Sky Sports)
Thursday 5 January
- 20.00: Chelsea v Man City (Sky Sports)
Times subject to change.