While the weekend beginning 4th February will see a number of clubs compete in the FA Cup, the weekend prior to that will be seen as a ‘winter break’ for the top tier sides.
The FA were forced to scrap the break last year due to the compressed fixture list caused by Covid-19, however they have opted to reintroduce it this season.
Why is there a Premier League winter break?
With this year’s World Cup taking place in December, football action is likely to be non-stop for those that will be heading to Qatar in November.
As a result, the FA are hopeful that a winter break at the end of January will help England’s players to be rested ahead of the tournament next winter.
However, some clubs are eager of using the break to play their rescheduled matches after a large number of Premier League fixtures have been postponed over the past month.
The governing body will reportedly block any attempts to play postponed matches during this month’s break, according to Daily Mail.
While the Premier League have no plans to use this time to clear the fixture backlog, this could change if more matches are postponed in the coming weeks.
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