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Live sport coming our way in December

29th November 2017

December may be the month for peace on earth and goodwill to humankind, but some major sporting rivalries will also be unfolding on our television screens.


Saturday December 2
2.30am
BT Sport 1 HD
The Ashes: Australia v England, 2nd Test - Day 1
After crushing defeat in the series opener in Brisbane, England must pick themselves up for the next challenge as they head to the Adelaide Oval. 

Saturday December 9
12.30pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: West Ham v Chelsea
West Ham are coming to terms with the post Slaven Bilic era with David Moyes now calling the shots as the new manager on a short-term contract. 

Sunday December 10
12 noon
BT Sport 1 HD
Premier League: Southampton v Arsenal
A Sunday lunchtime kick-off at St Mary’s Stadium as Saints host the Gunners. Arsenal will expect to gain some points here against a struggling home side. 

Sunday December 10
2.15pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Liverpool v Everton 
The first of the day’s two North West derbies sees Anfield staging this Premier League tie between Liverpool and their closest rivals Everton. Can Wayne Rooney inspire the Blues to a famous victory?

Sunday December 10
4.30pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Manchester United v Manchester City
The second huge derby of the day sees Jose Mourinho facing off against Pep Guardiola in the tactical stakes. This could well be a classic or, alternatively, it could be a nil-all draw with the sides cancelling each other out. 

Thursday December 14
1.30am
BT Sport 1 HD
The Ashes: Australia v England, 3rd Test - Day 1
The WACA in Perth hosts the 3rd Test. England have an awful record in Perth and on their last trip here lost the match by 150 runs with Steve Smith, David Warner and Shane Watson all recording centuries. 

Saturday December 16
5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Premier League: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
A much-anticipated game with stars aplenty on both sides. Harry Kane has been in talismanic form for Spurs and the City defence will have their work cut out trying to keep the England star under wraps. 

Sunday December 17
2.15pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
The Baggies face a daunting task as they welcome United to the Hawthorns, given their relatively lowly standing in the Premier League table. 

Friday December 22
7.45pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool
An intriguing clash at the Emirates sees the Gunners take on Liverpool. On paper the two sides are evenly matched but Arsenal will hope that home advantage will give them the edge. 

Friday December 22
7.45pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Aviva Premiership Rugby: Worcester Warriors v London Irish
A basement clash in the Aviva Premiership as the two bottom teams face off at Sixways. It’s hard to see the Warriors prevailing here given their abysmal record so far this season.  

Saturday December 23
12.30pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Everton v Chelsea
The Toffees’ pre-season optimism has given way to quiet desperation as the team continues to inhabit the lower reaches of the table. It’s hard to see them matching the all-round game of the defending champions. The return of Wayne Rooney to his home club has been fairly underwhelming and the Goodison Road faithful will be praying that the former England star can enjoy a better second half to the season than he experience in the first half. 

Monday December 25
10.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
The Ashes: Australia v England, 4th Test - Day 1
Cricket action from the MCG in Melbourne. A world-record crowd of 91,092 fans watched England lose heavily to Australia on the 2013/14 Ashes tour at this same venue. 

Tuesday December 26
12.30pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Boxing Day action from Spurs’ temporary home of Wembley Stadium. Saints fans will be hoping their team is inspired by the surroundings as they are likely to be outclassed by their hosts. 

Wednesday December 27
12 noon
ITV
Horse Racing: Kempton Park & Chepstow
Some top National Hunt racing action from Kempton Park and Chepstow. At Kempton, it’s Day 2 of the King George VI Meeting while at Chepstow it’s the Welsh Grand National. The 2016 winner was Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard. 

Wednesday December 27
7.45pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Newcastle United v Manchester City
More festive Premier League action, this time from St James’ Park as the Magpies take on Manchester City. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Toon Army with the proposed takeover likely to bring heavy investment to one of the proudest and most followed teams in English football. Currently, though, they are likely to struggle against City.

Saturday December 30
4pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Aviva Premiership Rugby: Harlequins v Northampton Saints
What could be better to round off the year than a helping of Aviva Premiership rugby? Neither side has been particularly consistent this season but on their day play a fast brand of attacking rugby which could conjure up a number of tries. 

Sunday December 31
12 noon
BT Sport 1 HD
Premier League: Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Palace see out 2017 with a tough challenge against the Premier League’s pacesetters. City have opened up a decent gap at the top of the table and will see this game as a source of a further three League points. Palace need a minor miracle to arrest their current slump which has seen them rooted to the foot of the table. With just one win out of their first 11 ties, they are the favourites for automatic relegation.



ALSO COMING UP... 

Saturday December 9
12 noon
ITV
Horse Racing: Sandown & Aintree

Monday December 11
8pm
Sky Sports Football HD
Championship Football: Reading v Cardiff City

Friday December 15
12 noon
ITV
Horse Racing: Cheltenham International Meeting

Saturday December 23
12 noon
ITV
Horse Racing: Ascot & Haydock Park

Saturday December 23
5.30pm
BT Sport 1 HD
Premier League: Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday December 23
7.45pm
Sky Sports PL HD
Premier League: Leicester City v Manchester United

Tuesday December 26
12 noon
ITV
Horse Racing: Kempton Park & Wetherby

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