The fixtures for the 2018-19 Premier League season were announced on Thursday morning with the new campaign to get underway on August 11.
And fans were quick to notice that this date comes incredibly soon after the showpiece in Russia.
Roberto Firmino’s Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield just 27 days after the World Cup final
LEAGUE START DATES
Ligue 1 – August 10
Premier League – August 11
La Liga – August 18
Serie A – August 19
Bundesliga – August 24
World Cup final – July 15
The World Cup final will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, meaning any players involved from the English top flight will have just 27 days until their clubs are back in action.
That is significantly less than their European rivals, with La Liga beginning on August 18, Serie A on the 19th and the Bundesliga on the 24th. Only Ligue 1 starts earlier on the 10th.
It represents a big change from the 2014 finals, where Premier League players had an whole extra week to rest than they will this time around.
Paul Pogba’s Manchester United host Leicester at Old Trafford in the Premier League opener
Should Brazil live up to their favourites tag then Roberto Firmino will have a break of just a couple few weeks should Liverpool plan to use him in their opener against West Ham at Anfield.
It will also be the same story for Manchester City trio Gabriel Jesus, Danilo and Ederson, whose side take on Arsenal at the Emirates, and Willian, whose Chelsea also travel to Huddersfield.
France are also fancied in Russia and that could effect Paul Pogba’s participation in Manchester United’s start at home to Leicester as well as Hugo Lloris’ availability for Tottenham’s visit to Newcastle.
The biggest hit to England’s domestic clubs would come if the Three Lions were to reach the final with the entirety of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad made up of Premier League stars.
A host of clubs will be effected in England reach the climax of the tournament in Russia