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Three of the Barclays Premier League favourites are in action on BT Sport on Boxing Day (Thursday December 26th), in what promises to be a fantastic afternoon for football fans.

The title race is really hotting up as the festive programme gets underway, with just two points separating the top five teams - Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.

manchester city v liverpool

Liverpool currently sit top of the league with 36 points from 17 games, courtesy of having a better goal difference than Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger's recently-deposed leaders are the first of the big hitters to feature on Boxing Day, with their trip to West Ham live on BT Sport 1 at 3pm.

A 0-0 draw with London rivals Chelsea - who sit two points behind in fourth - earlier this week meant the Gunners missed the chance to regain their position at the top of the table for Christmas.

Sam Allardyce's West Ham may prove tough opposition for Arsenal on Thursday, however a lack of goals for the Hammers is becoming a major concern as the games tick by.

The Upton Park side are just one point and one place above the drop zone, and as such, are desperate for points over the festive period.

Following West Ham v Arsenal, BT Sport fans can see free-scoring Manchester City and Liverpool draw swords at the Etihad Stadium.

Both sides have been in sensational form of late - Liverpool have scored 18 league goals in five games during December, while Man City have clocked up 17 so far.

And the importance of this fixture is not lost on either side, with the home team lurking with intent in third place, just a point behind Liverpool.

The mind games have started already, it would appear, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claiming the title is "Manchester City's to lose".

"They have the strongest squad," he stated. "The resources they have are incredible."

But unless City can keep livewire Luis Suarez - who has 19 goals in just 12 Barclays Premier League outings this season - under control, they may be in for a rough ride on Boxing Day.

The action gets underway at 5:30pm live on BT Sport 1, straight after West Ham v Arsenal.

BT TV subscribers can watch the action on their television set through their YouView or Vision+ set-top box.

And all BT broadband customers - regardless of whether they have pay-TV services or not - can see both games live for free via the BT Sport app and online player.

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