Premier League Clubs Heading To Spain, Dubai And Abu Dhabi For World Cup Breaks

All eyes could be on Qatar over the next few weeks, but many Premier League players who won’t make it to the World Cup will be busy preparing their clubs for the second half of the season.

Premier League clubs hold training camps and a series of friendlies, with the United Arab Emirates being a particularly popular destination.

The UAE’s warmer weather makes it an attractive choice, and its proximity to Qatar means players can easily join their club teams if their national team is knocked out early for the World Cup.

With accommodation in Qatar being scarce, some have suggested that fans “travel” to the World Cup from the United Arab Emirates. If fans actually did, they could also participate in friendlies along the way.

Liverpool and Arsenal are both in Dubai and will play friendlies against AC Milan and Lyon. Both teams have a large number of players missing from the World Cup. Arsenal are also planning a friendly in the Emirates later in December. Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester City are in Abu Dhabi, where they will also play friendlies.

Meanwhile, Manchester United travel to Spain for a training camp and games against Cadiz on December 7 and Real Betis on December 10. Tickets for these matches have been on sale since early November. Nottingham Forest will also be in Spain, taking on Valencia to mark the centenary of the Mestalla, the La Liga side’s home stadium.

Everton are heading much further, traveling to Sydney in November for games against Celtic and Western Sydney Wanderers in the inaugural ‘Sydney Super Cup’. The Toffees have clearly decided that the World Cup break is basically the same as a pre-season tour, and are enjoying the chance to play games in a region where kick-off times mean they will not compete with the World Cup. for viewers. Much like a pre-season tour, Everton will hold open training sessions for fans Down Under.

Although much of the focus will be on the World Cup, these friendlies may attract viewers uneasy with the tournament taking place in Qatar, and so may be more popular than there are. appears at first sight.

Most of the other clubs are yet to confirm their plans but will have several friendlies during the international break. Crystal Palace will face Brazilian side Botofogo at Selhurst Park and, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, would also travel to Turkey, while Newcastle United take on Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia and host a friendly against Spanish side Rayo Vallecano at St. James. ‘ To park.

West Ham United and Fulham are set to face off at Craven Cottage. Aston Villa will play a memorial game for the late Peter Whittingham in Cardiff and host Villareal, the former side of new manager Unai Emery, and travel overseas for a training camp. Another La Liga side visiting England are Real Sociedad; they will play against Leeds United at Elland Road.

The Carabao Cup fourth round will take place midweek immediately after the World Cup final, and for some teams could serve as the de facto final friendly before the Premier League restarts. Players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup will certainly not be involved in these games, so Manchester City’s tie with Liverpool will likely see a lot of roster changes.

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