SportHow will the 2022 World Cup impact the Premier League?
The Premier League will take a winter break in the 2022/23 season to accommodate the 2022 FIFA World Cup. England’s top-flight will pause between November 14 and December 26 2022, so the World Cup can be played in Qatar.
The World Cup is traditionally held between June and July, but the move in 2022 is necessary as the players can play in cooler temperatures in the Qatari winter. It will be the first-ever winter World Cup, and this could have consequences for the teams, players and online sports betting odds for Premier League across the season.
Player fatigue and welfare
One of the main concerns for clubs in the Premier League will be the issue of player fatigue. Traditionally, elite players representing the top international sides would have a two to three-week break between the end of the season in late May and the start of the World Cup in mid-June.
However, the new format gives no such rest to the leading stars of the Premier League. Instead, they will be going from the intense fixtures of the English top-flight, in addition to European competitions via the Champions League and Europa League, to the most demanding tournament in world football. There will be just eight days rest before the World Cup kicks off on November 14.
This is likely to have a knock-on effect for players in the Premier League, especially if their nation does well and progresses to the latter stages of the World Cup. There will be little time for recovery, and many players may struggle to reach their top level of performance following the conclusion of the World Cup.
In comparison to previous World Cup competitions, players would usually have at least a month off after the tournament. But, the 2022 World Cup concludes on December 18, and Premier League fixtures resume on December 26. Therefore, it is unlikely that players who have played in the latter stages of the World Cup will return in peak physical fitness. In fact, some may be given additional time to rest and recover before returning to club duties.
Teams outside the top six may benefit
The likes of Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea boast full squads of top international players. Yet this advantage could backfire next season as these top players could potentially play between 50 to 60 competitive matches for club and country throughout the season.
As a result, this may present an opportunity for some teams outside of the top six. Teams who have fewer international players in their ranks may be able to use the time effectively for additional training and rest time, which could disadvantage the top teams.
Furthermore, top teams may not be able to field their leading starting XI week in week out due to concerns over player condition and risk of injury. Again, this could level the playing field, but at the cost of fans seeing world class talent perform in the Premier League regularly.
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