>> On the 15th December 2007 Arsenal will play Chelsea at the Emirates in
>> the EPL. In the previous 3 seasons, Arsenal played Chelsea on December
>> 10th 2006 (Stamford Bridge), December18th 2005 ( Highbury), and
>> December 12th 2004 (Highbury). So including this forthcoming season,
>> the teams will have played each other 4 seasons in a row at roughly
>> the same time in the same month, with 3 of the 4 occasions being at
>> Arsenal's ground.
>> I thought the fixtures were randomly generated? This seems to bucking
>> the odds a bit for this to keep happening. Any maths experts out there
>> able to calculate the probability of 2 teams playing each other 4
>> years in a row at the same time, assuming the fixture list is
>> generated at random?
>> What I'm thinking is maybe the Premier League puts some sort of rules
>> in the program that generates the fixture list to ensure that matches
>> between the top 4 are spread out throughout the season for T.V
> Randomly generated maybe, but with a bit of outside input added. One of
> these is to make Xmas fixtures require little travelling, for obvious
> reasons. This is probably why Chelsea are played late Dec every year.
> Chelsea, Spurs and Pompy are played over the holiday this year and that
> was certainly not random.
to set off on Christmas eve.