By Sean Fisher

23rd Dec, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United face Christmas nightmare as study shows Whites face toughest festive period

Of all 20 Premier League teams, Leeds United face the toughest festive period according to a statistical study from Infogol.

The festive period hasn’t quite been the same for the Premier League this season, with the 2022 World Cup wedged in the middle of the calendar.

But the Premier League is back in action from Boxing Day onwards as fans get their traditional taste of festive football. In a span of a week, Leeds play three league fixtures, starting with a visit from reigning champions Manchester City. Following that, Leeds face Newcastle United and West Ham.

It’s not the easiest return to league football that Jesse Marsch would have hoped for, and according to Infogol, it’s statistically the toughest festive period for any league side this season.

Going off the current standings, Leeds face 2nd, 3rd and 16th-place in their next three league fixtures.

Christmas nightmare

After such an extended break, Manchester City is probably the one opponent Marsch was looking to avoid on Leeds’ Premier League return.

The reigning champions are relentless when on top and Leeds felt their wrath last season as they thumped the Whites 7-0. Marsch needs to avoid a repeat at all costs.

On top of that, Pep Guardiola’s side is already up to match pace after beating Liverpool 3-2 in the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening.

Marsch also has several injuries to deal with, as well as Tyler Adams’ suspension. Everything is piling up against the American ahead of the 28 December showdown.

The Newcastle and West Ham games are certainly more winnable, but Eddie Howe has the Magpies playing brilliantly this season and challenging for Champions League football, while David Moyes is fighting for his job at West Ham.

With Leeds on the brink of being dragged back into the relegation zone, Marsch needs to find a way to somehow pick up points from them three incredibly difficult matches.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites contact Everton over signing defender Mason Holgate