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Stellar performance: Sky Sports' Jeff Stelling gives his top festive picks
Stellar performance: Sky Sports' Jeff Stelling gives his top festive picks

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With the festive season almost upon us, we managed to catch up with Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling and share a mince pie or two while he gave us his pick of the 40-plus festive football matches, including action from the Carabao Cup quarter finals, shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.

Highlights include Derby Day, Liverpool v Manchester United, the East Midlands showdown between rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest and, of course, the battle for the top spot, Manchester City v Liverpool.

Stelling said: “This Christmas sees a whole host of pub packing opportunities for Sky Sports customers – in fact you could almost say the fixture schedule is like the ultimate Christmas dinner – there’s certainly something to feast upon!

“There’s a Christmas cracker of a Super Sunday – a 'Derby Day' triple header.”

Ranieri's return to Chelsea

Stelling continued: “Kicking off the hat-trick of derbies, live on Sky Sports on Sunday 2 December, is Claudio Ranieri’s return to Chelsea with his new club Fulham. Arsenal then take on Tottenham in the north London derby, before Liverpool look to extend their unbeaten start to the season against Everton – never has there been a more Super Sunday!

“Next up on the menu is the one of the most watched matches in world football. Liverpool against Manchester United, Klopp against Mourinho on Sunday 16 December. This one is not to be missed!

“Sky Sports customers can also show exclusively live EFL Championship games in the run-up to Christmas. These include the East Midlands showdown between Derby and Nottingham Forest, which concludes a weekend that sees West Brom travel to Sheffield United and current Championship leaders Norwich visiting Bristol City.

“The action continues with the Carabao Cup quarter finals and the second north London derby live on Sky Sports in the space of two weeks.”

Rangers and Celtic

The Hartlepool fan added: “As we head closer to 2019, there’s also a mouth-watering SPFL double header as Steven Gerrard's Rangers face Brendan Rodgers' Celtic in the Old Firm derby, and Hibs v Hearts in the Edinburgh derby – both on Saturday 29th December.

“Next year kicks off with a cracker at the City Ground as Nottingham Forest take on Leeds, with Marcelo Bielsa then facing Frank Lampard the weekend after as Derby travel to Elland Road.

“We wrap up the festive fixtures in style with the must-see Premier League game of the season – the champions against the challengers. Manchester City against Liverpool – the icing on the Christmas cake!

“Have a very merry Christmas and don’t forget to make sure you tune in to Soccer Saturday​ to get the analysis and action from all the best moments across the festive season.”

The full list of festive fixtures can be seen below.

When

Kick off

Team

Versus

Team

Competition

Sat, 1 Dec

12.30pm

Sheffield Utd

v

Leeds

EFL

Sat, 1 Dec

5.30pm

Middlesbrough

v

Aston Villa

EFL

Sun, 2 Dec

12noon

Chelsea

v

Fulham

Premier League

Sun, 2 Dec

2.05pm

Arsenal

v

Spurs

Premier League

Sun, 2 Dec

4.15pm

Liverpool

v

Everton

Premier League

Mon, 3 Dec

7.45pm

West Bromwich Albion

v

Brentford

EFL

Fri, 7 Dec

8pm

West Bromwich Albion

v

Aston Villa

EFL

Sat, 8 Dec

12.30pm

Bournemouth

v

Liverpool

Premier League

Sat, 8 Dec

5.30pm

Reading

v

Sheffield Utd

EFL

Sun, 9 Dec

4pm

Newcastle Utd

v

Wolves

Premier League

Sun, 9 Dec

1.30pm

Dundee

v

Rangers

SPFL

Mon, 10 Dec

8pm

Everton

v

Watford

Premier League

Fri, 14 Dec

7.45pm

Sheffield Utd

v

West Bromwich Albion

EFL

Sat, 15 Dec

12.30pm

Manchester City

v

Everton

Premier League

Sat, 15 Dec

5.30pm

Bristol City

v

Norwich City

EFL

Sun, 16 Dec

12.30pm

Hibernian

v

Celtic

SPFL

Sun, 16 Dec

1.30pm

Southampton

v

Arsenal

Premier League

Sun, 16 Dec

4pm

Liverpool

v

Manchester Utd

Premier League

Mon, 17 Dec

7.45pm

Derby County

v

Nottingham Forest

EFL

Tue, 18 Dec

7.45pm

Leicester City

v

Manchester United

Carabao Cup QF

Wed, 19 Dec

7.45pm

Arsenal

v

Tottenham

Carabao Cup

Fri, 21 Dec

8pm

Wolves

v

Liverpool

Premier League

Sat, 22 Dec

12.30pm

Arsenal

v

Burnley

Premier League

Sat, 22 Dec

5.30pm

Hull City

v

Swansea City

EFL

Sun, 23 Dec

5.30pm

Aston Villa

v

Leeds Utd

EFL

Sun, 23 Dec

4pm

Everton

v

Spurs

Premier League

Wed, 26 Dec

12.30pm

Fulham

v

Wolves

Premier League

Wed, 26 Dec

3pm

Sheffield Utd

v

Derby County

EFL

Wed, 26 Dec

5.15pm

Brighton

v

Arsenal

Premier League

Wed, 26 Dec

7.30pm

Watford

v

Chelsea

Premier League

Thur, 27 Dec

7.45pm

Southampton

v

West Ham Utd

Premier League

Sat, 29 Dec

12.30pm

Rangers

v

Celtic

SPFL

Sat, 29 Dec

5.30pm

Hibernian

v

Hearts

SPFL

Sun, 30 Dec

12noon

Crystal Palace

v

Chelsea

Premier League

Sun, 30 Dec

12.15pm

Southampton

v

Manchester City

Premier League

Sun, 30 Dec

4.30pm

Manchester Utd

v

Bournemouth

Premier League

Tue, 1 Jan

12.30pm

Everton

v

Leicester City

Premier League

Tue, 1 Jan

3pm

Nottingham Forest

v

Leeds Utd

EFL

Tue, 1 Jan

5.30pm

Cardiff

v

Spurs

Premier League

Wed, 2 Jan

8pm

Newcastle Utd

v

Manchester Utd

Premier League

Thur, 3 Jan

8pm

Manchester City

v

Liverpool

Premier League

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