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Football fans have games to look forward to from both England and Scotland's top divisions this Saturday December 21st.

What better to do on the shortest day of the year than curl up in front of the TV for Liverpool v Cardiff City from the Barclays Premier League, and then Inverness CT v Aberdeen from the Scottish Premiership?

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The English football action gets underway at 12:45pm on BT Sport 1, as Brendan Rodgers' high-flying Liverpool host Malky Mackay's Cardiff City at Anfield.

The Bluebirds travel north to Anfield on the back of a confidence-building 1-0 win at home to West Brom.

However, off-the-field events are again threatening to disrupt the Welshmen's campaign. Malaysian owner Vincent Tan is reported to be "extremely upset" at comments made by his manager over transfers following last Saturday's win.

Mackay - who led Cardiff back to the top flight last season following a 51-year absence - told reporters he hoped to sign three more players in January to boost Cardiff's survival hopes.

But this has seemingly enraged his chairman, who believes the £50 million spent by Cardiff over the summer should be enough to keep them in the Barclays Premier League.

The situation at Anfield looks far more settled, with Liverpool - led by an on-fire Luis Suarez - banging in the goals of late and playing fast, free-flowing football.

Second-place Liverpool routed Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 away at White Hart Lane at the weekend, maintaining pressure on Arsenal at the top of the table.

The upshot was that both Liverpool and Cardiff cost opposing managers their jobs at the weekend - with West Brom's Steve Clarke and Spurs' Andre Villas-Boas relieved of their duties following their respective defeats.

Up in Scotland, Inverness CT v Aberdeen - which kicks off at 5:30pm, live on BT Sport 2 - sees two of the UK's most northerly clubs lock horns at Caledonian Stadium.

Newly-appointed Caley boss John Hughes led his side to a 2-0 win away at bottom club Hearts at the weekend, ensuring they remained in second place behind leaders Celtic.

But Aberdeen are also going well this season and sit just outside the European places, three points behind their hosts on 29 points after 16 games.

A win on Saturday could propel Aberdeen into second place in the table, depending on how Dundee United fare at home to Ross County.

Football fans can enjoy both games live on BT Sport this Saturday.

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