Fes­tive test for Town in top flight

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

THE fes­tive pe­riod is a busy time which can make-or-break a club’s do­mes­tic cam­paign and next month is no ex­cep­tion.

De­cem­ber will see Hud­der­s­field Town play as many games as they have done in the whole of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber com­bined - an in­cred­i­ble seven games.

And while it has taken 87 days to com­plete the first 11 rounds of this sea­son’s Pre­mier League – the next 11 will be played in just 47.

Within that pe­riod, each top-flight side will face four fes­tive fix­tures with Town start­ing away to Southamp­ton on De­cem­ber 23 be­fore home clashes against Stoke City (De­cem­ber 26) and Burn­ley (De­cem­ber 30) ahead of a New Years Day trip to Le­ices­ter City.

In fact, the Foxes have the least amount of space be­tween their fes­tive fix­tures (just 213 hours) with David Wag­ner’s side joint-sixth with Stoke and New­cas­tle United (217,75 hours).

In con­trast, Arse­nal play their four fes­tive fix­tures in a rel­a­tively leisurely time frame of 290 hours – giv­ing them the equiv­a­lent of more than three days of ex­tra rest.

Other Pre­mier League giants Chelsea (273 hours) and Manch­ester City (246.75 hours) also en­joy a less hec­tic sched­ule due to tele­vi­sion de­mands.

Sim­i­larly, only Hud­der­s­field Town and Stoke do not have any of their fix­tures moved from the orig­i­nal time and date for live cov­er­age.

Dis­tance-wise, it also ap­pears a large pro­por­tion of the big Pre­mier League sides have the least amount of miles to travel be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

Manch­ester United (288 miles), Arse­nal (266 miles) and Chelsea (241 miles) are all at the bot­tom end of the spec­trum with only West Ham United (234 miles) and Burn­ley (160 miles) hav­ing less miles to travel.

And al­though New­cas­tle (964 miles), Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur (896) and Brighton & Hove Al­bion (812) have the fur­thest – Hud­der­s­field Town have the eighth big­gest dis­tance to travel dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod with a to­tal of 664 miles.

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