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How to get your festive football fix this Christmas!

How to get your festive football fix this Christmas!

Never-ending supply of mince pies? Check. Deodorant gift set from Gran? Reluctant check. The return of live Premier League games? A big, whopping check. Enjoy the best Christmas gift of all on Virgin TV

By Becky Gamester-Newton

You may be familiar with the 12 days of Christmas, but what about the 10 days of football?


No? Well, no matter – even the uninitiated can enjoy 10 days of pure Premier League entertainment, which is very welcome after a long World Cup-induced break. Virgin TV always brings together the TV you love brilliantly – and in this case, it’s top-flight football across Sky Sports, BT Sport and Prime Video.


Will Arsenal continue their run at the top of the table? Or will Erling Haaland – who’s enjoyed a nice little break, having not featured in Qatar – fire Manchester City back to the summit? Or could Tottenham or surprise package Newcastle close the gap?


At the other end of the table, it’s a tight affair. There are just a few points separating several clubs feeling the pressure of relegation – and they’ll all know that a decent run of form can get them out of trouble.


So put your feet up, get the Christmas leftovers, chocs and cheese (though perhaps not together) going, and enjoy the best viewing experience on Virgin TV by tuning in to these live games.


And if the kids are refusing to move their gaming to a smaller screen, that won’t affect your football feast either. Just grab your device and watch matches on BT Sport or Prime Video via Virgin TV Go, which you can access wherever there’s WiFi, 3G or 4G in the UK (so no excuses, even if you’re on dog walk duty).


The free app is available to all Virgin TV customers on iPhone, iPad, Android mobile or tablets, and Windows and Mac laptops and desktops. You can register on up to five devices, and you can even view on two devices simultaneously (crucial for Boxing Day, as you will see below) at no extra cost.


What’s more, Virgin TV 360 customers can also manage their recordings or stream their recordings around the home with the Virgin TV Go app. Find out more about managing your Virgin TV Go app here:






Day 1 – Boxing Day

Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur

12.30pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Crystal Palace v Fulham

3pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers

3pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Leicester City v Newcastle United

3pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion

3pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Aston Villa v Liverpool

5.30pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Arsenal v West Ham United

8pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Hoping to ease yourself back into the Premier League nice and slowly? No, we thought not – which is just as well, because the nice people over at Prime Video are set to blow your minds with every Premier League match from the first post-World Cup round of fixtures, kicking off with seven games on Boxing Day.


Table-toppers Arsenal will want to continue their rich vein of form against West Ham, who have been somewhat below par this season.


Elsewhere, Liverpool travel to Aston Villa looking to put their top-four challenge back on track and will hope players such as Mo Salah, Thiago Alcântara and Andy Robertson have benefited from a six-week break. There’s a south coast derby as Southampton host Brighton, as well as what could be a relegation six-pointer between Everton and Wolves at Goodison Park.


Day 2 – Tuesday 27 December

Chelsea v Bournemouth

5.30pm, Apps & Games > Amazon Prime Video


Manchester United v Nottingham Forest

8pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


Two of the promoted clubs face tricky tasks in their first games back from the break. However, Bournemouth had no issues scoring in their last few games so they may fancy their chances against a more conservative Chelsea, while Manchester United’s players may be the victims of World Cup fatigue against a Forest side who seemed to have steadied the ship in November.


Day 3 – Wednesday 28 December

Leeds United v Manchester City

8pm, Apps & Games > Prime Video


You can always expect goals where Leeds United are concerned, and Manchester City hope it will be them scoring them to help keep the pressure on the Gunners at the top of the Prem. You certainly won’t want to miss this festive thriller, quite possibly the pick of the bunch.


Day 4 – Friday 30 December

Liverpool v Leicester City

7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


Jürgen Klopp will be keen to see his Reds secure three points at home as Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers faces his former club. Leicester have gone from relegation dead-certs to one of the league’s in-form teams, but Liverpool have also recovered well from shock October defeats to Forest and Leeds, so this one should be an intriguing watch with both sides keen to lay down a marker for 2023.


Day 5 – New Year’s Eve

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United

11.30am, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)


Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal

5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


We all know what the stats say about clubs who are bottom of the league at Christmas, but Wolves are far from dead and buried. New coach Julen Lopetegui will know that his side must win some home games – but they face Erik ten Hag’s fast-improving Manchester United in the lunchtime kick-off.


Later, Arsenal will hope to finish the calendar year with another three points on the road at Brighton in their quest for their first Premier League title since the Invincibles season in 2003/04.


Day 6 – New Year’s Day

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

1pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


Nottingham Forest v Chelsea

4pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


It’s a happy New Year as more action from the Premier League comes your way! Antonio Conte’s Spurs face Unai Emery’s Aston Villa before Chelsea try to improve their form under Graham Potter as they travel to Nottingham Forest, in the first live Sky Sports Sunday double-header of 2023.


Day 7 – Monday 2 January

Brentford v Liverpool

5pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


Both Brentford and Liverpool have been on the unpredictable side – but the Bees pulled off the biggest shock so far this season when they stunned Manchester City at the Etihad just before the break, so they won’t be fazed by the visit of the Reds.


Day 8 – Tuesday 3 January

Arsenal v Newcastle United

7pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


This one looks like a tantalising tie on paper, with a rejuvenated Newcastle under Eddie Howe showing no fear as they look to upset the north Londoners. Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is out with injury, while his Toon counterpart Callum Wilson has been fit and firing – could that make the difference?


Day 9 – Wednesday 4 January

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

7.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


It’s a tale of the familiar this season with Tottenham, who are once again going for the top four with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min showing off their telepathic link-up play. But Antonio Conte’s side have struggled to string wins together recently, and Palace are a tough proposition at home, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. All eyes will be on whether Kane can lay his World Cup heartache to bed to make it a 2023 to remember for the North Londoners.


Day 10 – Thursday 5 January

Chelsea v Manchester City

6.30pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)


Football Christmas is officially over for this year with a cracker at Stamford Bridge, as Manchester City continue their title charge. Chelsea, who had struggled for wins before the World Cup, will have their work cut out – but as fellow west Londoners Brentford proved before the break, Pep Guardiola’s men are certainly not invulnerable.


How to watch Amazon Prime Video with Virgin TV

Prime Video is available to all Virgin TV customers with a V6 box, powered by TiVo®, and a subscription to the service. Simply sign up to Amazon Prime Video via their website, and you can log in on the box. And because Prime Video is fully integrated into TiVo®, you can search without even going into the app. Just select Search & Discover from the Home menu and type in the name of the show or movie you’re after.


Virgin TV 360 customers can get to Prime Video faster than ever with super-powerful Voice Search and Control.  Just say “Prime Video”, or you can watch by launching Prime Video from the Apps section.


Watch on the go

Virgin TV customers who subscribe to Sky Sports can watch on the go with the Sky Sports app. Not only will you be able to take your Sky packages with you, but you get in-depth sports coverage, as well as exclusive videos and interviews. On iPad and Android tablets you can also access Sky Sports’ cutting-edge second-screen functions. Download from the Apple app store for iPad or iPhone, or from Google Play.


Upgrade to Sky Sports now

Don’t have Sky Sports? You can find out about our Sky Sports package and upgrade here.


Don’t have BT Sport?

You can upgrade to our Virgin TV Maxit package online via your My Virgin Media account here and get all 4 BT Sport channels in HD. If you’ve not registered for My Virgin Media or have forgotten your sign in details just head over to


Shake up your Christmas

Since Virgin Media and O2 joined forces, our broadband customers get exclusive access to Priority from O2. We’re shaking things up this year with 25 days of festive treats on Priority. Find out more below, plus check out all your Christmas TV, movie and sports listings.

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