Leicester City and Manchester United are increasingly coming under immense pressure to play on the Christmas Eve, as reported by The Telegraph.
Sky Sports and Premier League both being in favour of a game on December 24, the two clubs may have to play against their will in what could be an important encounter for both Leicester City and Manchester United.
The fixture is originally scheduled to be played a day before the proposed date, i.e., December 23, but with Arsenal and Liverpool refusing to play on the Christmas Eve too, Sky Sports barely have an option.
The Gunners immediately opposed Sky’s plans to play at The Emirates on December 24, considering the problems it would pose for the away supporters and just how tough it would be to make other matchday arrangements on a naturally busy day, specifically the stewards. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust has also opposed the fixture with a 99% majority.
Leicester City fear they could face the same problems at the King Power Stadium, while it’s more a case of having to travel and play way more than their liking for Manchester United, who are targeting a Premier League title this season.
Sky Sports and Premier League are yet to make a final decision on what must be done, but if the channel does indeed fail to schedule one of the fixtures on the desired date, it may end up losing its Super Sunday pick, as The Telegraph has revealed.
"“Under the terms of its deal, Sky would lose its ‘Super Sunday’ pick if it moves the game back to a Saturday. The broadcaster televises three games a weekend, one on a Saturday and two on a Sunday. BT Sport have one game on a Saturday, the 5.30pm kick-off.”"
The most recent Christmas Eve fixture was played all the way back in 1995, when Leeds United beat Manchester United 3-1 at Elland Road.