With the Christmas festivities fast approaching BT Sport has early treats for sports fans with a packed schedule of sport across the month of December.
BT Sport will be showing nine football matches, including the climax of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stage matches and exclusive coverage of the Ashes between England and Australia, battling down under.
December’s packed schedule kicks-off with the heavyweight clash between Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal who host Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday 2 December.
The following weekend sees Newcastle United host former champions Leicester City on Saturday 9 December at 5.30pm with a Sunday clash when Arsenal travels to Southampton for a midday kick-off.
Mid-week treats will see current champions Chelsea travel north to this season’s high flyers Huddersfield Town for an 8pm kick-off on Tuesday 12 December.
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The following evening sees Arsenal travel across town for a London derby with David Moyes’ West Ham. Battle commences at 8pm.
The week of high quality football culminates with a clash between current table toppers Manchester City playing host to Mauricio Pochettino’s much admired Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 16 December, kick-off at 5.30pm.
December and the Christmas period is always a busy time for football fans. BT Sport is showing a vast amount of live sport, including the biggest event in the cricket calendar the Ashes and the culmination of the group stages in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
As ever, BT Sport will be showcasing outstanding matches in the Premier League with games featuring the title and European competition contenders.- Simon Green: Head of BT Sport
And among the turkey sandwiches BT Sport will be showing Manchester United versus Southampton at the Theatre of Dreams for a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday 30 December.
The bumper month culminates with Manchester City travelling to ex-England manager Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, which kicks-off at midday on New Year’s Eve.
BT Sport responded to fans concerns and have agreed there will be no games set for Christmas Eve.
The English Premier League is unique as the only top league in Europe that plays over the December holiday period and until 1958 games were regularly played on Christmas Day.