As the Winter World Cup in Qatar draws to a close, attention turns to the return of the Premier League.
The league’s six-week break – the first extended mid-season break in its history – has set up a uniquely condensed second half of the campaign which will end at the end of May.
With only 14 or 15 matches played by each club so far, nearly two-thirds of the campaign remains to be played.
When does the Premier League restart?
The Premier League returns on Boxing Day, eight days after the World Cup final on December 18.
There is no mandatory rest period for players involved in the World Cup, but the Premier League has ensured there is at least 48 hours between each club’s first three matches after the break.
It will therefore be up to the managers to decide whether the players have additional rest time. 133 Premier League footballers have been named in World Cup squads.
Around two-thirds of those involved after the group stages play for clubs in the current top six – Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool.
However, there was a fair mix in the semi-finals, with 14 remaining Premier League players from Aston Villa, Tottenham, Manchester United, Brighton, Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal and Liverpool all still involved.
What are the matches?
Seven matches are played The day after Christmas:
Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30pm)
Southampton v Brighton (3 p.m.)
Leicester City v Newcastle United (3 p.m.)
Crystal Palace v Fulham (3 p.m.)
Everton v Wolves (3 p.m.)
Aston Villa v Liverpool (5:30 p.m.)
Arsenal v West Ham United (8 p.m.)
There are still two games on Thursday, December 27:
And another on Friday, December 28:
How to watch the games on TV
All 10 matches are televised live on Amazon Prime Video, with viewers able to choose which 3pm Boxing Day kickoffs they want to watch.
The standard arrangement where Sky Sports and BT Sport show a limited number of matches from each round of fixtures returns the following matchweek.
What is the full Premier League Christmas fixture list?
These initial 10 matches are followed by seven consecutive days of matches over the New Year period.
Friday, December 30
West Ham United v Brentford (7:45 p.m.)
Liverpool v Leicester City (8pm, Sky Sports)
saturday 31 december
Wolves v Manchester United (12.30pm, BT Sport)
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (3 p.m.)
Fulham v Southampton (3 p.m.)
Manchester City v Everton (3 p.m.)
Newcastle United v Leeds United (3 p.m.)
Brighton v Arsenal (5.30pm, Sky Sports)
Sunday January 1
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa (2pm, Sky Sports)
Nottingham Forest v Chelsea (4.30pm, Sky Sports)
monday january 2
Tuesday, January 3
Arsenal v Newcastle United (7:45 p.m.)
Everton v Brighton (7:45 p.m.)
Leicester City v Fulham (8 p.m.)
Manchester United v Bournemouth (8 p.m.)
Wednesday January 4
Southampton v Nottingham Forest (7.30pm)
Leeds United v West Ham United (7:45 p.m.)
Aston Villa against Wolves (8 p.m.)
Crystal Palace v Spurs (8 p.m.)
Thursday January 5
What’s the latest injury news?
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is the only Premier League player to sustain a serious injury at the World Cup so far, having been sent off in Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon in the his last group stage game.
Club sources insist the extent of the injury is unknown but reports in Brazil suggest Jesus could be out for three months which would be a blow to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side.
Although uninjured, Ben White and Raheem Sterling have left the England squad for the World Cup for personal reasons. It’s unclear whether this will affect White’s return to club football for Arsenal, but Sterling is expected to return as he takes part in England’s quarter-final against France.
Existing injury absentees N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Emile Smith-Rowe are not expected to return to action until the new year.
What is the current Premier League standings?
Who are the favorites to win the Premier League?
Manchester City @ 4/9
Arsenal @ 9/4
Liverpool @ 33/1
Newcastle United @ 33/1
Manchester United @ 50/1
Tottenham Hotspur @ 66/1
Chelsea @ 200/1
Brighton @ 250/1
All odds provided by Betfred are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.