With Norwich City currently enjoying a warm weather training break in the UAE, it got me wondering who else among the Premier League has taken advantage of the mini winter break that being knocked out of the FA Cup has afforded some of the top flight clubs. So, who`s staying and who`s going away?
Arsenal – Staying in the UK because they are still in the FA Cup (against Hull) and face Barcelona in the Champions League next week.
Aston Villa – Staying in the UK and not spending a penny more on the Premier League, despite not playing again until February 27th.
Bournemouth – Face Everton in the FA Cup so staying in England.
Chelsea – Playing against Manchester City in the FA Cup and PSG in the Champions League, so staying at home.
Crystal Palace – The Eagles have squeezed a quick break to Spain in before Sunday`s FA Cup game against Spurs.
Everton – Flying out to Qatar immediately after the Bournemouth FA Cup game.
Leicester City – No organised club break but Claudio Ranieri has given his squad the week off. They return to training next Monday.
Liverpool – Staying in the UK due to their Europa Cup involvement.
Manchester City – staying at home to prepare for FA Cup and Champions League games.
Manchester United – No break as they fly to Denmark to play Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Newcastle – Steve McLaren is taking his squad to La Manga in Spain for a friendly with Lillestrom.
Southampton – Despite no game at the weekend, the Saints are staying in the UK.
Stoke City – Mark Hughes has whisked his side off to Dubai for warm weather training.
Sunderland – Sam Allardyce has had the same idea and the Black Cats will also travel to Dubai for a training break.
Swansea City – No break despite no game in the Cup for the Swans.
Tottenham – No break because they are still in the FA Cup and will also play Fiorentina in the Europa League.
Watford – Staying in the UK because they face Leeds in the Cup at the weekend.
West Brom – Playing Reading in the FA Cup, so no time for a break.
West Ham – The Hammers will be staying at home, getting ready for their cup match with Blackburn on Sunday.
So, some are going away and some aren`t. We`ve had quite a bit of debate on the site about whether or not the Canaries should be given a break, with some seeing it as an ideal chance for a focused warm weather training session and all the benefits that warm weather brings. Others see it as a jolly and being rewarded for failure in the league, so far.