Liverpool must travel over 800 MILES in gruelling road trips to Southampton and Newcastle while Chelsea will remain in the capital… but how far does your team have to travel over the Christmas period?
- Three games in a week spells lots of travelling for top flight sides this Christmas
- Liverpool will travel the most miles with a round trip total of 820 miles
- Chelsea make the 20.6-mile round trip to north London to take on Arsenal
- Sportsmail gives you the rundown of how far your team will travel
It is fair to say a whole host of football fans will be experiencing a very different Christmas from the norm. While the majority normally spend the festivities feasting with loved ones, a number of die-hard fans travel the lengths of the country following their football team.
That was before Covid, of course, and so this year supporters will be consigned to their sofas as the show rolls on. Despite the lack of fans, football overload continues with three games in the space of a week this Christmas.
Sportsmail gives you the rundown of which teams will be travelling the furthest over the next few days, and who will be staying close to home during this season’s Christmas period.
CHELSEA – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 20.6
The Blues have enjoyed a fantastic start to the Premier League campaign, but manager Frank Lampard will be hoping to iron out the inconsistencies that has led to back-to-back defeats to Everton and Wolves.
And there is no better opportunity to get back on the horse than a number of games in quick succession.
Top six managers moan about fatigue but Lampard will be thankful that his side don’t even have to leave the capital this Christmas. Chelsea travel to north London to take on Arsenal before hosting Villa and Man City at Stamford Bridge.
Blues’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Arsenal (A), 28/12 Aston Villa (H), 02/01 Man City (H)
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will not leave London this Christmas as they only visit Arsenal
BURNLEY – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 67.2
Just when Sean Dyche’s side are written off, told their seven-year stay in the top flight will end in relegation this season, they respond with a timely reminder of their Premier League credentials.
A poor run of results has been halted thanks in part to the return of captain Ben Mee. Last season the trio of Mee, James Tarkowski and Nick Pope saw the Clarets earn the second-most clean sheets in the league, and their defensive solidity has re-emerged since the return of their captain.
Dyche’s side have a sub-100 mile trip total over the three games this Christmas, as they travel across to Yorkshire to take on Leeds before returning to Turf Moor to host relegation rivals Sheffield United and Fulham.
Clarets’ festive fixtures: 27/12 Leeds (A), 29/12 Sheffield United (H), 02/01 Fulham (H)
Burnley travel across to Yorkshire to take on Leeds before hosting two games at Turf Moor
BRIGHTON – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 146.4
The Seagulls will be relatively pleased with their trio of games over the festive period, with Graham Potter’s side contained within the parameters of the South East for the trip to West Ham and visits of Arsenal and Wolves.
The tie with Arsenal has the makings of a blockbuster after last season’s drama involving the two sides, in which Neal Maupay was at the centre of an action-packed afternoon on the south coast.
The Amex is not an easy place to visit at the best of times and the Gunners and Wolves will be acutely aware of the challenges ahead when they take on the Seagulls.
Seagulls’ festive fixtures: 27/12 West Ham (A), 29/12 Arsenal (H), 02/01 Wolves (H)
Brighton will be within the parameters of the south east over the busy festive period
WHO TRAVELS MOST?
(All figures are total miles, round trip)
1. Liverpool – 820 miles
2. West Ham – 702 miles
3. Leicester – 666 miles
4. Leeds United – 630 miles
5. Wolves – 530.2 miles
6. Sheffield United – 517 miles
7. Fulham – 514 miles
8. Manchester City – 479 miles
9. Aston Villa – 414 miles
10. Arsenal – 398.4 miles
11. Crystal Palace – 292 miles
12. Newcastle United – 284 miles
13. Tottenham – 268 miles
14. Manchester United – 218 miles
15. West Brom – 186.2 miles
16. Everton – 159.4 miles
17. Southampton – 154 miles
18. Brighton – 146.4 miles
19. Burnley – 67.2 miles
20. Chelsea – 20.6 miles
SOUTHAMPTON – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 154
It is still very early but Southampton are fast becoming the story of this unique Premier League season.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have been a joy to watch this campaign. In a similar vein to Leeds, the Saints set a relentless pace but also have the ingenuity and quality in James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings to unpick a defence.
The Saints don’t have to travel too far this Christmas, with the trip to Craven Cottage followed by visits of West Ham and Liverpool.
Saints’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Fulham (A), 29/12 West Ham (H), 02/01 Liverpool (H)
EVERTON – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 159.4
Carlo Ancelotti reaped the benefits of the return of fans in the victory over Chelsea on Merseyside.
Goodison Park has been regarded as a fortress in recent years and the wily Italian will be hopeful that the return of fans can help Everton get back on track with more consistent results after their form dipped slightly from the start of the season.
Everton travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United before playing host to Man City and West Ham. Just the 160-odd miles travelled for Ancelotti’s side this Christmas.
Toffees’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Sheffield United (A), 28/12 Man City (H), 02/01 West Ham (H)
WEST BROM – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 186.2
It has been a pretty tough slog for West Bromwich Albion this season. The Baggies were always going to struggle given their lack of transfer activity over the summer, and Slaven Bilic’s sacking this month as a result hasn’t come as a surprise.
Sam Allardyce’s arrival, then, appears a good fit on paper. Albion have the athleticism and work rate that will suit Allardyce’s style and the former England boss will be up for the fight of proving he can still deliver at this level.
The Baggies are on the road just once this Christmas, with the daunting trip to Anfield followed by visits of Leeds and Arsenal at the Hawthorns.
Baggies’ festive fixtures: 27/12 Liverpool (A), 29/12 Leeds (H), 02/01 Arsenal (H)
The high-flying Saints only travel to Craven Cottage before hosting West Ham and Liverpool
Carlo Ancelotti’s resurgent Everton will be at Goodison Park for two of their three festive ties
Sam Allardyce will take his side to Anfield before hosting Leeds and Arsenal over Christmas
MANCHESTER UNITED – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 218
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been perhaps the most vocal top flight manager about the consequences of travel on his players’ ability to rest and recover after that extraordinary rant following the win at Everton earlier this season.
United have continued the trend of inconsistency that has characterised Solskjaer’s spell in charge of the club this season. Despite this, the Red Devils remain in the hunt for top four and more given the topsy-turvy nature of the 2020-21 campaign.
And the United boss will be pleased that his side don’t face arduous trips on the road this Christmas. They travel to Leicester on Boxing Day before hosting Wolves and Villa.
Red Devils’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Leicester (A), 29/12 Wolves (H), 02/01 Aston Villa (H)
Manchester United visit the King Power stadium before hosting Wolves and Aston Villa
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 268
Jose Mourinho can deny it all he wants, but his Tottenham Hotspur are deep in the mix for top honours this season.
The Portuguese has utilised Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to great effect in devastating their top rivals with incisive counter attacking football that sees the north London club sit atop the Premier League table.
Mourinho will know that a successful Christmas period can set up a charge towards the title in the second half of the season. Spurs travel to Molineux to take on Wolves before returning home for games against Fulham and Leeds.
Spurs’ festive fixtures: 27/12 Wolves (A), 30/12 Fulham (H), 02/01 Leeds (H)
Jose Mourinho will be looking for nine points from nine after his side’s trio of games this week
NEWCASTLE – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 284
Given the city’s distance from other major cities in the country, Newcastle have done quite well with the way the festive fixtures have fallen for them.
The Magpies travel to Manchester to take on Pep Guardiola’s City before returning to Tyneside to host Liverpool and Leicester City.
Despite appearing to be on the verge of crisis at every turn, Newcastle have turned in decent performances to see them well away from the relegation mix. Don’t rule out a shock result or two from three tricky festive fixtures.
Magpies’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Man City (A), 30/12 Liverpool (H), 02/01 Leicester (H)
Newcastle have done well not to face too many miles on the road, with just the trip to Man City
CRYSTAL PALACE – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 292
Palace’s top flight stay has been characterised by the incredible atmosphere generated at Selhurst Park, and the 1-1 draw with Spurs earlier this month served as a reminder of that with the 2,000 lucky supporters in south London creating a fabulous din that surely spurred them on in the second half.
With London moving into Tier 4, the state of play for fans attending Selhurst Park has been muddied, but manager Roy Hodgson will be content that his charges face just one trip on the road this Christmas.
The Eagles travel to the midlands to take on Villa on Boxing Day before returning to south London for the visits of Leicester and Sheffield United.
Eagles’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Aston Villa (A), 28/12 Leicester City (H), 02/01 Sheffield United (H)
Crystal Palace will hope that they can respond to the 7-0 rout to Liverpool at Villa Park
ARSENAL – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 398.4
It was around this time last year that Mikel Arteta took the hot seat at the Gunners with fans of the north London club hopeful that their former midfielder could be the catalyst for an upturn in their fortunes.
Twelve months on and those growing voices of discontent under Unai Emery are returning with the side’s uninspiring football – in which main man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks way off the pace – leaves them languishing in 15th.
And Arteta will be hopeful that a positive set of results over Christmas can be the launchpad that will see them climb the table. The visit of Chelsea is followed by trips to Brighton and West Bromwich Albion for Arsenal this festive period.
Gunners’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Chelsea (H), 29/12 Brighton (A), 02/01 West Brom (A)
Arsenal will hope the busy run of games can help turn around their woeful form in the league
ASTON VILLA – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 414
There was a stage when Villa fans were reluctant to look at their side’s Premier League fixtures, with the club looking certainties to be relegated from the top flight last season.
However, an excellent summer transfer window after their narrow survival has seen the club transformed under Dean Smith, and the Villans look capable of a strong finish this campaign.
Villa play host to Palace before travelling to the capital to take on Chelsea, followed by a trip to Manchester to play United in what will be a busy few days on the road for Smith’s side.
Villans’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Crystal Palace (H), 28/12 Chelsea (A), 02/01 Man United (A)
Aston Villa face two trips on the road this Christmas as they travel to London and Manchester
MANCHESTER CITY – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 479
It is not hard to imagine what is top of Pep Guardiola’s Christmas list this year. His Manchester City side have been uncharacteristically toothless in front of goal and the Spaniard will be hoping the festive cheer will help City find the net more often.
And Guardiola will be afforded plenty of time on the road to devise a plan to get the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling on the scoring charts again, with City travelling 479 miles over the festive period.
City host Newcastle at the Etihad on Boxing Day before travelling to Merseyside to take on Everton, followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge.
City’s festive fixtures: 26/12 Newcastle (H), 28/12 Everton (A), 02/01 Chelsea (A)
Manchester City will be on the road for away trips to Everton and Chelsea, around 479 miles
FULHAM – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 514
Scott Parker’s Christmas miracle has come early, with the sentence: ‘You worry for Fulham’ quietening from the early stages of the season in which fans and pundits had written the Cottagers off from day one.
The west London club have shored things up at the back while Parker’s sacrificing of Alexander Mitrovic up front has seen the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro and Ademola Lookman come to the fore, with impressive results over Leicester and Liverpool indicating that Fulham can mix it with the big boys.
Rest and recovery will be crucial for the Cottagers over Christmas, though, with Fulham travelling over 500 miles for their trips to Tottenham and Burnley.
Cottagers’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Southampton (H), 30/12 Tottenham (A), 02/01 Burnley (A)
Fulham travel over 500 miles for visits to Tottenham and Burnley in the space of three days
SHEFFIELD UNITED – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 517
What on earth has happened to Sheffield United? The Blades’ were a wonderful outfit last season and posed all manner of problems for the established top flight teams on their return that saw them just miss out on European football.
Yet one point from their opening 12 games signals big trouble for Chris Wilder’s side who look bereft of any confidence heading in to the Christmas period.
And the Blades have a fair way to travel over the festive season, with the visit of Everton followed by trips to Turf Moor and Selhurst Park in what Wilder will view as crucial games to get back up and running.
Blades’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Everton (H), 29/12 Burnley (A), 02/01 Crystal Palace (A)
Chris Wilder’s strugglers need a big boost and face crucial visits to Burnley and Crystal Palace
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 530.2
Nuno Espirito Santo will surely be sat at Wolves’ Compton training base with the words of Mario Balotelli reverberating loud and clear: ‘Why always me?’
Last season, the Wolves boss faced the impossible turnaround of 43 hours between games against Man City and Liverpool, and this season is tasked with having his side prepared for the trip to Old Trafford less than two days after the visit of Spurs.
The west midlands side then travel to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton in what will be a challenging week for Nuno’s thin squad.
Wolves’ festive fixtures: 27/12 Spurs (H), 29/12 Man United (A), 02/01 Brighton (A)
Wolves face a rapid turnaround between games against Spurs and Man United this Christmas
LEEDS – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 630
All eyes have been on Leeds since their return to the top flight, with onlookers warmly embracing Marcelo Bielsa’s side as a result of their unique and often relentless style of play.
Although they may be hovering just above the clubs battling it out for survival, Leeds have posed a threat to each of their opponents who have had to contain the impressive running and stamina of a team that at times defies logic.
Trips to West Brom and Spurs means Bielsa’s side have the fourth-longest distance to travel this Christmas. Whether they can maintain that incredible work rate over this period will be interesting to see.
United’s festive fixtures: 27/12 Burnley (H), 29/12 West Brom (A), 02/01 Spurs (A)
Leeds’ ability to rest and recover will be tested as they travel 630 miles this Christmas period
LEICESTER CITY – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 666
The manner in which Leicester City capitulated and let slip of their grip on Champions League football at the end of last season left many wondering how Brendan Rodgers’ side would respond this campaign.
And, excusing a shock result here or there, the Foxes are well in the mix for the top four and perhaps beyond as the likes of James Maddison and Jamie Vardy continue to wreak havoc this season.
Rodgers will be hoping his side can get through the festive period in one piece and enter 2021 ready to sustain their top four charge. The Foxes face a daunting 666 miles on the road with a trip to the capital to take on Palace followed by a 376-mile round trip to Tyneside to take on Newcastle.
Foxes’ festive fixtures: 26/12 Man United (H), 28/12 Crystal Palace (A), 02/01 Newcastle (A)
Leicester City will rack up 666 miles on the road with visits to Crystal Palace and Newcastle
WEST HAM – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 702
What a season West Ham are enjoying. Consigned by many to yet another scrap for survival, David Moyes has defied the odds in remarkable fashion to place his side well in the mix for European football.
The Hammers are on the road for long spells this Christmas, though, with their 702-mile round trips to Southampton and Everton the second-most of any top flight side this season.
Moyes will be confident he can get results against all three of West Ham’s opponents this festive period, but will face the added challenge of having his stars fit and prepared after arduous journeys to the south coast and Merseyside.
Hammers’ festive fixtures: 27/12 Brighton (H), 29/12 Southampton (A), 02/01 Everton (A)
West Ham have the second-most miles to travel with trips to Southampton and Everton
LIVERPOOL – TOTAL MILES (ROUND TRIP) = 820
What a difference a year makes for Jurgen Klopp. Last year, the German would have been akin to Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf having already gained an increasingly insurmountable lead at the top of the league at Christmas.
This year the Liverpool coach will surely be channelling Scrooge with his champions set for the longest distance travelled over the festive period thanks to trips to St James’ Park and St Mary’s Stadium.
This, added to the lengthy injury list at Anfield, will make for a challenging run of Christmas games for the Reds.
Reds’ festive fixtures: 27/12 West Brom (H), 30/12 Newcastle (A), 02/01 Southampton (A)
The Premier League champions travel further than any other team with a mammoth 820 miles
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