Sport on television: Some Christmas crackers

Christmas is a great time to be a sports fan as there is so much live sport on TV. Here are some of the tv sporting highlights over the festive period…

Saturday 26th December

Stoke City v Manchester United, 12.45, Sky Sports 1

Early game on what is the busiest day of football of the year. With United being knocked out of the League Cup and Champions League already this season, it is crucial that they have a good festive period, to ease the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal. They are in for a tough game at Stoke though as Mark Hughes’ side have already beaten Chelsea and Man. City at home this season.

Racing (various channels)

Coverage of today’s meetings from Fontwell, Sedgefield, Wolverhampton, Down Royal, Leopardstown and Limerick.

Southampton v Arsenal, 19.45, BT Sport 1

Probably the best game of the day saved ‘till last, as Arsenal travel to St Mary’s looking for a result to change the doubters to believers on the question of whether or not they can win the League. Although Southampton are in poor form at the moment, this will not be an easy game for Arsenal. They found that out in this fixture last season, when they lost 2-0.                                      

Sunday 27th December

Munster v Leinster, 17.15, Sky Sports 4/TG4

With just one place and one point separating the two teams in the league table, this should be a cracker at Thomond Park and is a game every rugby fan cannot afford to miss.

PDC World Darts Championship, 13.00, Sky Sports 3 and 19.00, Sky Sports 1

The World Darts Championship continues throughout Christmas period and is the one sport that’s on the TV every day. Sky Sports have exclusive coverage of the darts which conclude on Sunday the 3rd of January.

Monday 28th December

Manchester United v Chelsea, 17.30, BT Sport 1

Without doubt the game that stands out over the festive period, as the two most successful English teams over the last 10 years go head to head at Old Trafford. Usually this game would have an impact on where the title would go at the end of the season, but this season is different as Chelsea are at an all-time low and Manchester United are, controversially not playing expansive football. This game is still as hard to call as any of the past encounters.

Tuesday 29th December

Leicester v Manchester City, BT Sport 1, 19.45

This game has the makings to be a Christmas cracker, as the favourites for the league take on the surprise package of the season so far.

  Leicester have been the only consistent team so far this season and have surprised everyone. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are early contenders to be Player of The Season, which is incredible when you consider that the club only spent a combined £1.5 million on the duo! If they were to beat the favourites everyone will have to treat them as genuine top four hopefuls – or even possibly serious title challengers.

Wednesday 30th December

Sunderland v Liverpool, 19.45, Sky Sports 1

Final Premier League game of the year, as Liverpool travel to the North East to face Sunderland. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will want to end the year on a high during what has been a mixed season so far. Liverpool outplayed Chelsea and Man. City away, but it has been against the so-called smaller teams that they have struggled. Under Klopp, they have failed to beat Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Brom, which is a worry going forward in the season.