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Sky Sports subscribers have three Barclays Premier League games to look forward to this weekend, including the Tyne-Wear derby and Liverpool v Arsenal.

Newcastle United v Sunderland gets the action underway at 1:30pm on Sunday December 21st, in what promises to be a feisty contest between the two north-east rivals.

The home side will be desperate to claim the three points in this one, having been humiliated at St James' Park in each of the last two seasons.

Sunderland have claimed successive 3-0 away wins against Alan Pardew's Newcastle side, and will once again be after the bragging rights.

Newcastle lie eighth in the table, just three points outside the European places. The Geordies will be eager to return to form, having lost 4-1 to Arsenal and 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in their two outings since beating the leaders Chelsea.

Sunderland need points for their own reasons - the Black Cats are currently hovering just above the relegation zone.

Successive draws against Liverpool (0-0) and West Ham United (1-1) have done little to improve their league standing, but the busy Christmas period is an opportunity to string a run of results together.

The second game on Ford Super Sunday this week sees Arsenal travel to Anfield to take on a stuttering Liverpool side, whose manager Brendan Rodgers finds himself under pressure.

A Capital One Cup win against Sky Bet Championship side Bournemouth will have done little to appease the Reds' fans, who are concerned about the side's form so far this campaign.

Liverpool were thumped 3-0 by Manchester United in their last league outing, on the back of a 0-0 stalemate at home to Sunderland.

Sixth-place Arsenal are currently five points ahead of Liverpool, who are languishing in 11th after so very nearly winning the league last season.

Arsene Wenger's side have claimed nine points out of a possible 12 in the Barclays Premier League, the only blot on their recent copy book being a 3-2 defeat away at Stoke City.

The Gunners have drawn level with Southampton on 26 points and now have fourth-place West Ham - two points further ahead on 28 - in their sights.

The third live game on Sky Sports this weekend is a Ford Monday Night Football encounter between Stoke City and Chelsea.

Results have been mixed for Mark Hughes' Potters side in 2014-15, with some great wins and some disappointing performances. Stoke drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in their last outing, which came on the back of the tremendous victory against Arsenal.

Chelsea have overcome the disappointment of losing their unbeaten Barclays Premier League record against Newcastle, responding in style with three successive wins.

Jose Mourinho's side beat Hull City 2-0 in the Barclays Premier League, Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League and Derby County 3-1 in the Capital One Cup.

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