Premier League Boxing Day fixtures to be confirmed with Leicester vs Liverpool at 8pm

Premier League Boxing Day fixtures to be confirmed with Leicester vs Liverpool at 8pm

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Liverpool fans are set for a late night on Boxing Day, with their trip to Leicester City slated for an 8PM kickoff.

Amazon will show Premier League football for the first time this December, and won the rights to show the traditional December 26th action.

All 10 fixtures will be shown on their Amazon Prime streaming platform.

And they are set to announce four separate kickoff times on Boxing Day – at 12:30, 3pm, 5:30pm and 8pm when the fixtures are revealed at 10am on Thursday.

It had been claimed on Wednesday that Amazon chiefs had held a final round of talks with Premier League chiefs in which they attempted to add another kickoff time, but had to back down over adding yet another complication to what has been a difficult process.

Liverpool and Leicester will close out Boxing Day

Nine fixtures will take place on Boxing Day, with Manchester City’s trip to Wolves moved to December 27th.

Wolves subsequent Premier League fixture – at Liverpool – will also need to be moved, as it is due to take place at 3pm on the 28th.

The fixtures are set to be formally announced on Thursday, six days later than scheduled.

The process of organising the fixture list has been a convoluted one, with Amazon in the mix alongside BT Sport and Sky Sports – who have the rights to fixtures on the following weekend.

The Premier League have had to balance the needs and wants of all three, as well as its 20 teams.

Wolves face a fixture pile-up

On Wednesday, Football supporters’ groups urged broadcasters and the Premier League to give fans greater warning over fixtures that are switched to accommodate television.

In a joint statement, groups representing a number of top clubs urged officials to announce their festive programme – as fans risked being left out of pocket.

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust accused the Premier League of showing disregard for fans with regard to travel arrangements, adding: “The radio silence from the Premier League is astonishing, even in this day and age.”

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Liverpool supporters’ group, Spirit of Shankly, said: “We have a seven day economy in the UK and many supporters have to book leave in advance, even for weekend home fixtures, late fixture changes does not just impact on away fans, home supporters are also being disadvantaged including season ticket holders who have committed money up front for match tickets.”

Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust insisted: “The longer we wait for confirmation of away fixtures, the more expensive the trip becomes.”

The Football Supporters’ Association has indicated it will continue to raise the issue of short-notice fixture changes at its next supporter engagement meeting with the Premier League.

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