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BT Sport fans can look forward to a New Year's Day double-header in the Barclays Premier League, with four of the top ten in live action.

Chelsea get their 2014 underway with a tricky trip to Southampton, live on BT Sport 1 at 3pm, before a resurgent Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur in the 5:30pm kick-off.

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January 1st is one of the rare days in the footballing calendar when all 20 of the top-flight teams are in action.

As such, there could be further changes at both the top and the bottom of the table.

Arsenal (42 points from 19 games) have regained their lead at the season's midway point, however Manchester City are lurking with intent just a point behind.

Third-place Chelsea are just one further back on 40, heading into Wednesday's televised fixture.

Jose Mourinho may have a squad full of shot-shy strikers, but the Blues have won three out of the last four games and are looking increasingly solid as the season progresses.

They followed up a 1-0 win against Swansea City on Boxing Day with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the weekend.

Southampton have struggled in recent weeks, picking up just five points from the last 24 available. However, Mauricio Pochettino's side looked back to their best in a 3-0 away win at Cardiff City on Boxing Day.

And despite slipping up at home to Aston Villa and Spurs in recent weeks, St. Mary's remains a difficult place to go for travelling sides.

In the second of Wednesday's live games, Spurs make the daunting trip to Old Trafford, as Manchester United look to make it five league wins on the bounce.

There's been plenty of Christmas cheer for David Moyes, who has seen his side pull themselves back into the title race with recent victories against Norwich City, Hull City, West Ham United and Aston Villa.

The 2012-13 champions remain outside the European places - with 36 points from 19 games - but the gap to leaders Arsenal is closing fast with 19 league games still to go.

Spurs' recent managerial change - which saw Tim Sherwood take over at White Hart Lane - appears to have had a positive effect on results.

Tottenham have claimed seven points from the last nine, beating Southampton and Stoke City, while drawing with West Brom.

An away day in Manchester represents a stern test for any side, but if Spurs can keep in-form Danny Welbeck at bay, they will fancy their chances of picking up a point at least.

Both Southampton v Chelsea and Spurs v Manchester United are live on BT Sport 1 on Wednesday January 1st.

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