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Sky Sports viewers have some big games to look forward to this weekend on Sky Sports, with Manchester United v Liverpool the main attraction.

Louis van Gaal's side have been surging up the Barclays Premier League in recent weeks, having won five consecutive matches.

This means the Red Devils - who experienced a difficult start to the 2014-15 season - are now up to third in the table.

A 2-1 away win at Southampton on Monday night saw United leapfrog the Saints and also West Ham. The former champions are now just eight points behind the leaders Chelsea.

Liverpool have shown signs of turning their form around as well, having claimed seven out of the last nine points available in the Barclays Premier League.

Wins against Stoke City and Leicester City preceded last weekend's 0-0 draw against Sunderland at Anfield.

The Reds are ninth in the table at present, and need to start picking up points against the top teams if they are to compete for a European spot for next season.

There is no love lost between these two north-west footballing giants, so expect plenty of action in this Old Trafford encounter - and hopefully no shortage of goals.

Manchester United v Liverpool is live on Sky Sports at 1:30pm on Sunday December 13th.

Before this game, subscribers can enjoy a Saturday tea-time clash between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates (kick-off 5:30pm).

The two sides - who sit sixth and seventh respectively - are currently locked together on 23 points.

Arsenal have lost three out of their last five league games, including a disappointing 3-2 defeat away at Stoke City at the weekend.

Newcastle have been flying in recent weeks - the Geordies won five in a row during October and November, and in their last outing ended Chelsea's unbeaten record with a fantastic 2-1 win.

Alan Pardew's men will fancy their chances of causing another shock against Arsenal, who have struggled to hit top form during the current campaign.

Sky Sports subscribers have two other games to look forward to at the weekend, starting with Swansea v Tottenham Hotspur at 4pm on Sunday.

The Swans have enjoyed a fine start to the season, although they were well beaten by West Ham (3-1) in their last Barclays Premier League game.

Spurs find themselves tenth in the table, a point behind their Welsh opponents.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have blown hot and cold, often reserving their best performances for European competition in 2014-15

Both sides need a win to keep pace with the front-runners, as the top sides look to pull away over the busy festive period.

A Monday Night Football encounter between Everton and QPR (kick-off 8pm) rounds off Sky Sports' top-flight coverage for the weekend.

The Toffees are always difficult to beat at Goodison Park, but Roberto Martinez's side have struggled for consistency in the first half of the season.

QPR have improved recently, with the goals of Charlie Austin helping to drag the Hoops out of the relegation zone.

However, the striker will miss the trip to Everton after seeing Red in last weekend's 2-0 win over Burnley.

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