REVEALED: Premier League ‘make a call on the game primed to be played on Christmas Eve’


  • Clubs and broadcasters are set to decide the festive fixture schedule on Friday
  • A game is expected to be played on Christmas Eve for the first time since 1995 
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Chelsea‘s Premier League clash with Wolves is reportedly being earmarked to take place on Christmas Eve in what would be the first game played in the top flight on that date in almost 30 years.

The fixture at Molineux is currently scheduled to take place on the weekend of Saturday December 23, but could be moved due to TV requirements.

Current Premier League gameweeks see the fixtures spread out across the Saturday and Sunday of the week, while games often also take place on Monday night and Friday night. 

And, according to the Express and Star, Christmas Eve football looks set to return to the top flight for the first time since 1995. 

On that day occasions, Leeds beat Manchester United 3-1 thanks to goals from Brian Deane, Tony Yeboah and Gary McAllister.

Chelsea's Premier League trip to Wolves is being earmarked to take place on Christmas Eve

Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Wolves is being earmarked to take place on Christmas Eve

Man United's clash with Leeds in 1995 was the last top flight game to be played on Boxing Day

Leeds won 3-1 with Tony Yeboah (pictured) scoring

Man United’s clash with Leeds in 1995 was the last top flight game to be played on Boxing Day

Around the festive period, there is usually games around the weekend before Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

However, this is complicated this year given Christmas Day falls on a Monday, meaning the schedule is under pressure.

And news that Chelsea could face Wolves has attracted the ire of supporters who yet again feel as if they are not being taken into consideration. 

One concerned supporter said: ‘Local media in Wolverhampton are suggesting Wolves vs Chelsea on Christmas Eve is a real possibility. I hope this doesn’t happen. Not fair on the fans, especially the away ones. Let people be with their family at Christmas.’ 

Meanwhile, another angry supporter added: ‘Of course it is. Joke’, before another said: ‘If it happens… we’ll have to riot. No way will this be possible.’

Wolves won the equivalent game at Molineux 1-0 last year thanks to Matheus Nunes' strike

Wolves won the equivalent game at Molineux 1-0 last year thanks to Matheus Nunes’ strike

Supporters were quick to hit out at the reports, highlighting the impact it would have on fans

Supporters were quick to hit out at the reports, highlighting the impact it would have on fans

A fourth fan highlighted the dilemma that fans will face around the festive period as they added: ‘All about money football now. Where is the consideration for fans? People want to spend Christmas with their families!! Joke!’

The rest of the festive fixtures and the relevant dates and timings are set to be decided by the top flight later on Friday.

Wolves currently sit 14th after making positive progress under Gary O’Neil in recent weeks, while Chelsea are languishing in 11th, although they have won two games in a row.

Wolves won the equivalent fixture 1-0 at Molineux last season with Matheus Nunes’ stunner ensuring Frank Lampard suffered defeat in his first game since returning as Chelsea’s interim manager. 

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