FOOTBALL: Sky Sports & ESPN confirm live Premier League games over festive period

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:

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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.

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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

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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
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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
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