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The Fiver | Replenish supplies for the midweek football marathon ahead

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After starting late with little or no wriggle-room because of the need to be finished in time for a European Championships that might not take place, the current Premier League season has been predictably gruelling. The relentlessness of the fixture schedule has taken its toll, with games coming so thick and fast they allow little or no time for recovery. Monday’s winter break came as welcome respite, providing as it did a long overdue day off that allowed struggling clubs to get in deadline-day panic buys and fatigued players to rest aching limbs and recharge their batteries. It also gave stupefied fans the opportunity to peel themselves from their sofas, engage in basic ablutions, reacquaint themselves with assorted members of their households and replenish supplies for the midweek football marathon ahead.

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