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Sky Sports is promising fans a feast of Barclays Premier League action over the Christmas and New Year period, with nine top-flight matches to be broadcast.

Football fans look forward to the hectic festive season, when the matches come thick and fast and the league table begins to take shape for real.

Sky Sports' festive programme begins on Sunday December 22nd, with a double-header featuring Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (kick-off 1:30pm) and Swansea City v Everton (kick-off 4pm).

Viewers then have a major London derby to look forward to the next day (Monday December 23rd) when Arsenal host title rivals Chelsea at the Emirates (kick-off 8pm).

Fast-forward to Boxing Day (Thursday December 26th) and the match between Hull City and Manchester United is live on Sky Sports at 12:45pm.

And on Saturday December 28th, viewers can enjoy a lunchtime kick-off featuring West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion (kick-off 12:45pm), plus a tea-time clash between Cardiff City and Sunderland (5:30pm).

Two more games will be live on Sky Sports the following day (Sunday December 29th), with Arsenal travelling to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United (kick-off 1:30pm) and Chelsea hosting Liverpool in the 4pm kick-off.

Rounding off the festive action on New Year's Day (Wednesday January 1st) is Swansea City v Manchester City, which is live on Sky Sports at 12:45pm.

Sky Sports has the rights to broadcast 116 live Barclays Premier League games during the 2013-14 football season.

The broadcaster shares coverage of English football's top division with rival operator BT Sport, which will show 38 live matches during this campaign, including 18 of the top-pick games.

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