Premier League Christmas & New Year festive football schedule

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In contrast to Spain, Germany, France and Italy, there is no let up for teams in England's top division, with games being played into late December

As the rest of Europe's top leagues settle down for a brief period of hibernation this festive season there will be no rest in the Premier League.

La Liga in Spain, Germany's Bundesliga and Ligue 1 of France all observe a hiatus over Christmas and the new year, while Serie A in Italy incorporates a January break.

The tradition of festive football in England, with games taking place on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, is something that is savoured by the fans, but it has become increasingly controversial.

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Coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, who are used to winter breaks from their formative years in Germany and Spain respectively, have been vocal critics of the English custom, claiming that it is having a detrimental effect on their players.

Such musings have led Premier League bosses to mandate a 10-day break from the 2019-20 season onwards, but it will occur in February, rather than during the festive period. That means Christmas and New Year football remains, for now at least.

Find out everything you need to know about the 2018-19 Premier League festive football feast below, including the full schedule of matches and which games will be shown live on television.


Full Premier League festive fixture schedule


Friday December 21, 2018

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Wolves vs Liverpool Molineux 8pm Sky Sports

Saturday December 22, 2018

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Arsenal vs Burnley Emirates Stadium 12:30pm Sky Sports
Bournemouth vs Brighton Vitality Stadium 3pm No
Chelsea vs Leicester City Stamford Bridge 3pm No
Huddersfield vs Southampton John Smith's Stadium 3pm No
Man City vs Crystal Palace Etihad Stadium 3pm No
Newcastle United vs Fulham St James' Park 3pm No
West Ham vs Watford London Stadium 3pm No
Cardiff City vs Manchester United Cardiff City Stadium 5:30pm BT Sport

Sunday December 23, 2018

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Everton vs Tottenham Goodison Park 4pm Sky Sports

Wednesday December 26, 2018 (Boxing Day)

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Fulham vs Wolves Craven Cottage 12:30 Sky Sports
Burnley vs Everton Turf Moor 3pm No
Crystal Palace vs Cardiff City Selhurst Park 3pm No
Leicester City vs Man City King Power Stadium 3pm No
Liverpool vs Newcastle United Anfield 3pm No
Tottenham vs Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 3pm No
Brighton vs Arsenal Amex Stadium 5:15pm Sky Sports
Watford vs Chelsea Vicarage Road 7:30pm Sky Sports

Thursday December 27, 2018

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Southampton vs West Ham St Mary's 7:45pm Sky Sports

Saturday December 29, 2018

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Brighton vs Everton Amex Stadium 3pm No
Fulham vs Huddersfield Craven Cottage 3pm No
Leicester City vs Cardiff City King Power Stadium 3pm No
Tottenham vs Wolves Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 3pm No
Watford vs Newcastle United Vicarage Road 3pm No
Liverpool vs Arsenal Anfield 5:30pm BT Sport

Sunday December 30, 2018

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Selhurst Park 12pm Sky Sports
Burnley vs West Ham Turf Moor 2:15pm No
Southampton vs Man City St Mary's 2:15pm Sky Sports
Manchester United vs Bournemouth Old Trafford 4:30pm Sky Sports

Tuesday January 1, 2019 (New Year's Day)

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Everton vs Leicester City Goodison Park 12:30pm Sky Sports
Arsenal vs Fulham Emirates Stadium 3pm No
Cardiff City vs Tottenham Cardiff City Stadium 5:30pm Sky Sports

Wednesday January 2, 2019

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Bournemouth vs Watford Vitality Stadium 7:45pm No
Chelsea vs Southampton Stamford Bridge 7:45pm No
Huddersfield vs Burnley John Smith's Stadium 7:45pm No
West Ham vs Brighton London Stadium 7:45pm No
Wolves vs Crystal Palace Molineux 7:45pm No
Newcastle United vs Manchester United St James' Park 8pm Sky Sports

Thursday January 3, 2019

Game Venue Kick-off time (GMT) TV?
Man City vs Liverpool Etihad Stadium 8pm Sky Sports

Premier League festive season TV fixtures


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Fans of the Premier League will have no shortage of options in terms of football to watch on TV over the festive period, with a total of 16 games set for live broadcast between December 21 and January 3.

The majority of games will be shown on Sky Sports, but BT Sport will also broadcast a number of matches.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United will be given most screen time, with each of them having three televised games, while Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea will appear twice.

Date Game Kick-off time (GMT) TV Channel
Dec 21 Wolves vs Liverpool 8pm Sky Sports
Dec 22 Arsenal vs Burnley 12:30pm Sky Sports
Dec 22 Cardiff City vs Manchester United 5:30pm BT Sport
Dec 23 Everton vs Tottenham 4pm Sky Sports
Dec 26 Fulham vs Wolves 12:30pm Sky Sports
Dec 26 Brighton vs Arsenal 5:15pm Sky Sports
Dec 26 Watford vs Chelsea 7:30pm Sky Sports
Dec 27 Southampton vs West Ham 7:45pm Sky Sports
Dec 29 Liverpool vs Arsenal 5:30pm BT Sport
Dec 30 Crystal Palace vs Chelsea 12pm Sky Sports
Dec 30 Southampton vs Man City 2:15pm Sky Sports
Dec 30 Manchester United vs Bournemouth 4:30pm Sky Sports
Jan 1 Everton vs Leicester City 12:30pm Sky Sports
Jan 1 Cardiff City vs Tottenham 5:30pm Sky Sports
Jan 2 Newcastle United vs Manchester United 8pm Sky Sports
Jan 3 Man City vs Liverpool 8pm Sky Sports

Jurgen Klopp's Reds will be on TV for their away trip to Wolves on December 21, as well as the visit of Arsenal to Anfield on December 29 and their showdown with Man City on January 3.

Man United's TV schedule isn't as blockbuster, with games against Cardiff City and Bournemouth being shown, but the visit to St James' Park to play Newcastle United is somewhat of a grudge match.

The full extent of the Premier League TV coverage over the Christmas and New Year period can be seen in the table above.

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