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Sport on TV: Christmas 2018 and New Year listings

Watch a feast of festive football and an action-packed sporting schedule

’Tis the season to watch sport on TV because there’s loads on during the Christmas and New Year festive period.

From Premier League football and Premiership rugby union to Test cricket and world championship darts, fans will be able to put their feet up, grab the remote and enjoy the sporting action.

Here’s our sport-by-sport guide to the live festive action on the Sky Sports and BT Sport networks.

Festive football live TV guide

Premier League
  • Friday 21 December: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Saturday 22 December: Arsenal vs. Burnley (12.30pm, live on Sky Sports); Cardiff City vs. Manchester United (5.30pm, live on BT Sport)
  • Sunday 23 December: Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Wednesday 26 December: Fulham vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (12.30pm, live on Sky Sports); Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Arsenal (5.15pm, live on Sky Sports); Watford vs. Chelsea (7.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Thursday 27 December: Southampton vs. West Ham United (7.45pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Friday 29 December: Liverpool vs. Arsenal (5.30pm, live on BT Sport)
  • Sunday 30 December: Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea (12pm, live on Sky Sports); Southampton vs. Manchester City (2.15pm, live on Sky Sports); Manchester United vs. Bournemouth (4.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Tuesday 1 January 2019: Everton vs. Leicester City (12.30pm, live on Sky Sports); Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Wednesday 2 January: Newcastle United vs. Manchester United (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Thursday 3 January: Manchester City vs. Liverpool (8pm, live on Sky Sports)
EFL Championship
  • Saturday 22 December: Hull City vs. Swansea City (5.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Sunday 23 December: Aston Villa vs. Leeds United (1.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Wednesday 26 December: Sheffield United vs. Derby County (3pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Tuesday 1 January: Nottingham Forest vs. Leeds United (3pm, live on Sky Sports)
Scottish Premiership
  • Sunday 23 December: St. Johnstone vs. Rangers (12.15pm, live on BT Sport) 
  • Wednesday 26 December: Aberdeen vs. Celtic (2pm, live on BT Sport)
German Bundesliga
  • Friday 21 December: Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Monchengladbach (7.30pm, live on BT Sport) 
  • Saturday 22 December: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich (5.30pm, live on BT Sport)

Rugby Union

Premiership
  • Friday 21 December: Worcester Warriors vs. Northampton Saints (7.45pm, live on BT Sport
  • Saturday 22 December: Exeter Chiefs vs. Saracens (3pm, live on BT Sport)
  • Sunday 23 December: Wasps vs. Bath (3pm, live on BT Sport)
  • Friday 28 December: Northampton Saints vs. Exeter Chiefs (7.45pm, live on BT Sport)
  • Saturday 29 December: Harlequins vs. Wasps (4pm, live on BT Sport)
  • Sunday 30 December: Bath vs. Leicester Tigers (3pm, live on BT Sport)
Championship
  • Saturday 22 December: Richmond vs. Bedford (3.15pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Saturday 29 December: Doncaster vs. Yorkshire Carnegie (4.30pm, live on Sky Sports)

American football

NFL week 16
  • Saturday 22 December: Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans (9pm, live on Sky Sports)
  • Sunday 23 December: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (12.30am); Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles (5.35pm); Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (10.30pm)
  • Monday 24 December: Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks (1.10am, live on Sky Sports)
  • Tuesday 25 December: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (1am, live on Sky Sports)

Cricket

Test matches
  • 25-29 December: New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka (10pm daily start, live on Sky Sports
  • 25-29 December: Australia vs. India (11.30pm daily start, live on BT Sport)
  • 26-30 December: South Africa vs. Pakistan (8am daily start, live on Sky Sports)

Darts

PDC William Hill World Darts Championship
  • 13 December 2018-1 January 2019 (live on Sky Sports)

Mixed martial arts

UFC 232
  • Sunday 30 December: Jones vs. Gustafsson II (3am, live on BT Sport)

Christmas TV shows

Tuesday 25 December Torvill and Dean

Two-hour biopic about Olympic figure skating champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, starring Anita Dobson and Stephen Tompkinson. (9.15pm on Christmas Day; ITV)

Netflix

Sunderland ’Til I Die

Docuseries following Sunderland through the 2017-18 season as they try to bounce back after relegation from the Premier League. 

Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager

Explore the life and times of the legendary former England boss.

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