More than 20 live Barclays Premier League games will broadcast on Sky Sports and ESPN over a bumper festive period for football fans.
All 20 teams in the division will be shown by either broadcaster at least once between December 1 and January 2, with the highlight being Manchester City’s clash with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, which will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.
In addition to its feast of live Premier League matches over Christmas, Sky Sports has also confirmed the next set of live npower Football League fixtures, with nine Championships matches set to be broadcast during December.
Full details of which channel is covering what matches below:
The Manchester derby is just one of the highlights of a feast of live football coming to Sky Sportsduring the festive period.
There will be a feast of football to enjoy, with all 20 Premier League teams to be shown at least once over Christmas and New Year.
A stand-out clash sees champions Manchester City take on arch rivals Manchester United in a lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, December 9.
Other key dates include a Boxing Day double-header featuring Tottenham’s trip to Aston Villa and Liverpool’s visit to Stoke plus two live games on New Year’s Day with West Brom facing Fulham and Southampton hosting Arsenal.
Sky has also announced nine new live Football League fixtures, including a big Boxing Day showdown between Nottingham Forest and Leeds.
Sky Sports is showing 115 live Premier League matches during the 2012-13 season, with every match available in HD and selected games in 3D.
Viewers will also enjoy more than 129 live UEFA Champions League matches, 75 live games from across all three npower Football League divisions, Capital One Cup fixtures and international fixtures.
Support programming includes Soccer AM, Gillette Soccer Saturday, Goals on Sunday and Sunday Supplement as well as regular updates and features Sky Sports News HD.
ESPN has announced that it will screen three exclusively live Barclays Premier League games in December.
The broadcaster will kick off the final month of the year with live coverage of the clash between Reading and Manchester United on Saturday, December 1.
Reading are without a win in the league so far this season and will face a tough test when title contenders United visit the Madejski Stadium.
Two further live games in December include Fulham’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on December 22, a match-up which saw Fulham twice beat Liverpool last season, while Arsenal welcome Newcastle to the Emirates a week later, in a fixture that produced late drama last season with an injury time winner from Thomas Vermaelen.
These new games join a host of live football on ESPN during the coming months, including the first and second rounds of the FA Cup, four matchdays of the UEFA Europa League group stage, action from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, plus Rangers matches in the Irn-Bru Scottish Third Division.
In addition to top British football, ESPN will bring fans televised coverage of European leagues including Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Bundesliga and France’s Ligue 1.
Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice President TV Channels, ESPN, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We’re delighted to announce this latest set of live and exclusive Barclays Premier League games.
“These matches add to a line-up of fixtures from England, Scotland and across Europe that are sure to be full of excitement as sides compete for league titles, battle to progress in European competition, and write their own chapter of FA Cup history.”
This will be ESPN’s last season of covering live Premier League football, after being outbid for the rights by telecoms giant BT.
CLICK HERE for live games in October/November Kick-off times stated Saturday 1st December West Ham United v Chelsea 12:45 – Sky Sports Reading v Manchester United 17:30 – ESPN Sunday 2nd December Norwich City v Sunderland 16:00 – Sky Sports Monday 3rd December Newcastle United v Wigan Athletic 20:00 – Sky Sports Sunday 9th December Manchester City v Manchester United 13:30 – Sky Sports West Ham United v Liverpool 16:00 – Sky Sports Monday 10th December Fulham v Newcastle United 20:00 – Sky Sports Saturday 15th December Newcastle United v Manchester City 12:45 – Sky Sports Sunday 16th December Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City 13:30 – Sky Sports West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United 16:00 – Sky Sports Monday 17th December Reading v Arsenal 20:00 – Sky Sports Saturday 22nd December Wigan Athletic v Arsenal 12:45 – Sky Sports Liverpool v Fulham 17:30 – ESPN Sunday 23rd December Swansea City v Manchester United 13:30 – Sky Sports Chelsea v Aston Villa 16:00 – Sky Sports Wednesday 26th December Aston Villa v Totteham Hotspur 17:30 – Sky Sports Stoke City v Liverpool 19:45 – Sky Sports Saturday 29th December Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur 12:45 – Sky Sports Arsenal v Newcastle United 17:30 – ESPN Sunday 30th December Everton v Chelsea 13:30 – Sky Sports Queens Park Rangers v Liverpool 16:00 – Sky Sports Tuesday 1st January 2013 West Bromwich Albion v Fulham 12:45 – Sky Sports Southampton v Arsenal 17:30 – Sky Sports Wednesday 2nd January Newcastle United v Everton 20:00 – Sky Sports . . Friday 30th November Huddersfield Town v Leeds United Championship – Kick-off: 19:45 Saturday 1st December Leicester City v Derby County Championship – Kick-off: 17:20 Friday 7th December Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City Championship – Kick-off: 19:45 Saturday 8th December Wolverhampton Wanderers v Birmingham City Championship – Kick-off: 17:20 Saturday 15th December Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday Championship – Kick-off: 17:20 Friday 21st December Blackpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers Championship – Kick-off: 19:45 Saturday 22nd December Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town Championship – Kick-off: 17:20 Wednesday 26th December Nottingham Forest v Leeds United Championship – Kick-off: 12:15 Saturday 29th December Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford Championship – Kick-off: 17:20 . .