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What's new in 2019/20: Mid-season player break

12 Jul 2019
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Every Premier League club will have two weeks off in Matchweek 26 this season after a deal was reached in June 2018

Ahead of the 2019/20 season, we look at the new things to keep an eye out for in the Premier League.

Mid-season player break

The 2019/20 campaign will be the first to feature a mid-season player break, following an agreement made by The Football Association, the Premier League and the EFL in June 2018.

It means the Premier League will split one round of matches in February over two weekends, with five matches taking place on the weekend commencing 8 February 2020 and the other five on the weekend commencing 15 February.

All five matches on each weekend will be broadcast live in the UK.

The announcement detailing which fixtures will be played on which of these two weekends will be made on or near to 13 December 2019 on premierleague.com.

European exertions 

With every club getting a two-week break from the Premier League, players will have time to recharge ahead of the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and the UEFA Europa League (UEL).

That means should Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur make it out of their respective groups, they will be fresher for their UCL last-16 first-leg matches.

Arsenal and Manchester United, and potentially Wolverhampton Wanderers, would also be better prepared if they qualify for the last 32 in the UEL.

UCL and UEL fixtures will both take place in the week commencing 17 February.

See: What's new in 2019/20?

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