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BT Sport has announced its latest round of Barclays Premier League 'top picks' - key matches to be televised over the festive period.

The subscription sports broadcaster will air a number of mouth-watering fixtures during December and January, including double-headers on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

December's action gets underway on BT Sport on Sunday 1st when the reigning champions Manchester United head to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur in a 12pm kick-off.

Two days later, on Tuesday December 3rd, BT Sport viewers can see Crystal Palace host West Ham in a London derby.

The following Saturday (December 7th), David Moyes' Manchester United side are back in action, this time taking on Newcastle United at Old Trafford (kick-off 12:45pm)

And a week later, the top-pick televised game is Manchester City v Arsenal at the Etihad - a 12:45pm kick off on Saturday December 14th.

After Liverpool host Cardiff City on Saturday October 21st (kick-off 12:45pm), attention will turn to the hectic festive period - loathed by football managers but loved by fans across the country.

On Boxing Day - Thursday December 26th - the two televised games on BT Sport are West Ham v Arsenal (kick-off 3pm) and Manchester City v Liverpool (kick-off 5:30pm).

Two more matches follow on New Year's Day - Wednesday January 1st - with Southampton v Chelsea getting things started at 3pm before Manchester United host Spurs in their reverse fixture (kick-off 5:30pm).

Simon Green, Director of BT Sport, said the broadcaster is delighted with the first-pick games it has chosen for December and the New Year.

"BT Sport viewers will now reap the benefits of our Christmas Cracker top picks," he stated.

"We are continuing to deliver what we promised football fans - live matches between clubs involved in the title race, the type of matches previously never shown on any other channel than Sky."

Mr Green said he is "especially delighted" that BT Sport is able to offer "some superb matches" over the holiday period, including two double-headers, ahead of its coverage of the FA Cup third round at the beginning of January.

BT Sport has the rights to show 38 live football matches from the Barclays Premier League - including 18 of the top picks - for three seasons from 2013-14.

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