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BT Sport subscribers have a Barclays Premier League double-header to look forward to on New Year's Day, with both the reigning champions and current league leaders in action.

The 2013-14 title winners Manchester City welcome Sunderland to the Etihad for a 3pm kick-off on Thursday January 1st, before Chelsea travel to Tottenham Hotspur for a London derby at 5:30pm.

Both live games are available to pay-TV subscribers on BT Sport 1, and also to BT broadband customers online via the BT Sport app.

The action gets underway mid-afternoon in Manchester, as Manuel Pellegrini's City side look to bounce back from the disappointment of throwing away a 2-0 lead against Burnley in their last outing.

The champions looked to be coasting to another three points - which would have closed the gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League to one point - but second-half goals from George Boyd and Ashley Barnes spoilt the party.

City have the chance to quickly exorcise the ghosts of this performance on New Year's Day, as goal-shy Sunderland make the trip to Manchester.

The Black Cats have recorded some impressive results in 2014-15, but carry only limited threat in attack and look vulnerable when conceding first.

A 0-0 stalemate against Aston Villa last time out summed up their season so far; it was their sixth goalless draw of the current campaign.

Chelsea will kick off against Spurs at White Hart Lane knowing whether or not Manchester City have managed to shut down their lead at the top of the table.

A four-goal winning margin could see City go top at tea-time on Thursday, but Jose Mourinho's side will have the opportunity to build on their own 46-point haul in the evening fixture, live on BT Sport.

The Blues also tasted disappointment in Sunday's round of Barclays Premier League fixtures, having only managed a 1-1 draw against Southampton at St Mary's.

As such, the long-time leaders will be eager to get back to winning ways against a Spurs side who have shown improved form in recent weeks.

Before Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United, the north London side had won their last three league games - each by a 2-1 margin.

Should Spurs score first in front of a home crowd at White Hart Lane, Chelsea could have a difficult task overturning the deficit.

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