Sky Sports Barclays Premier League live line-up for January unveiled

BT Sport may be a bargain when it comes to watching football on TV, but Sky Sports is proving it still rules the roost by showing almost twice as many matches over Christmas and New Year, including Chelsea vs United.

Sky Sports has announced the Barclays Premier League matches it will be showing live on TV exclusively in the New Year.

Nine matches will be screened by Sky Sports in January, with Chelsea vs Manchester United, which kicks off at 4pm on 19 January, 2014, undoubtedly the highlight for neutrals - at least it will be if you don't remember the dull goalless draw the two teams played out when they last met.

Arguably the six biggest teams in the division - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur - all appear at least once on Sky Sports as 2014 gets under way, as follows:

Barclays Premier League matches to be shown live exclusively on Sky Sports from 1 January, 2014 to 20 January, 2014

Date

Kick off

Home team

Away team

Wednesday 1 January, 2014

12.45pm

Swansea City

Manchester City

Saturday 11 January, 2014

5:30pm

Manchester United

Swansea City

Sunday 12 January, 2014

2:05pm

Newcastle United

Manchester City

Sunday 12 January, 2014

4.10pm

Stoke City

Liverpool

Monday 13 January, 2014

8:00pm

Aston Villa

Arsenal

Saturday 18 January, 2014

5:30pm

Liverpool

Aston Villa

Sunday 19 January, 2014

1:30pm

Swansea City

Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 19 January, 2014

4.00pm

Chelsea

Manchester United

Monday 20 January, 2014

8.00pm

West Bromwich Albion

Everton

This compares well with the BT Sport January schedule, which features less matches involving those clubs in January, despite BT Sport having first choice of what match to show in 18 of the 38 rounds of Premier League fixtures played over the season, as well as three less matches in total.

In fact, the Sky Sports Premier League line-up for Christmas and New Year shows that, while BT Sport is a bargain when it comes to televised football, if you get it free with a BT broadband or TV package, Sky Sports is still the only real choice if you're a hardcore armchair supporter.

Sky Sports is showing a total of 26 Premier League matches live over December and January, almost double the 14 BT Sport is showing, with at least one of the aforementioned 'big six' appearing in over 70% of them. This again compares well with BT Sport, where at least one of those clubs features in just under 80% of its games.

Barclays Premier League matches to be shown live exclusively on Sky Sports from 1 December, 2013 to 29 December, 2013

Date

Kick off

Home team

Away team

Sunday 1 December, 2013

2:05pm

Hull City

Liverpool

Sunday 1 December, 2013

4:10pm

Chelsea

Southampton

Saturday 7 December, 2013

5:30pm

Sunderland

Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 8 December, 2013

1.30pm

Fulham

Aston Villa

Sunday 8 December, 2013

4.00pm

Arsenal

Everton

Monday 9 December, 2013

8.00pm

Swansea City

Hull City

Saturday 14 December, 2013

5.30pm

Hull City

Stoke City

Sunday 15 December, 2013

1:30pm

Aston Villa

Manchester United

Sunday 15 December, 2013

4.00pm

Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool

Sunday 22 December, 2013

1.30pm

Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 22 December, 2013

4.00pm

Swansea City

Everton

Monday 23 December, 2013

8.00pm

Arsenal

Chelsea

Thursday 26 December, 2013

12.45pm

Hull City

Manchester United

Saturday 28 December, 2013

12.45pm

West Ham United

West Bromwich Albion

Saturday 28 December, 2013

5:30pm

Cardiff City

Sunderland

Sunday 29 December, 2013

1.30pm

Newcastle United

Arsenal

Sunday 29 December, 2013

4.00pm

Chelsea

Liverpool

If you can't decide between the two, the good news is they're not mutually exclusive - both BT Sport and Sky Sports are now available with BT, Sky and Virgin Media TV packages, with the former coming free with BT TV and as standard with the Virgin Media TV XL package.

And if you can't justify splashing out on Sky Sports on a monthly basis, you can cherry pick the matches you want to watch using NOW TV, Sky's non-contract online TV service, where you can get all six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours for £9.99 provided you get broadband speeds of at least 3Mb.

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