It’s December – and as usual that means a busy football schedule. There’s always a bit of magic in the air at this time of year, but the return of fans to provide that little bit of extra drama just makes the schedule that more tantalising. Join us as we preview some of this month’s biggest games on Virgin TV.
Chelsea v Leeds – Sat 5th Dec, 8PM Sky Sports
This is the rekindling of an old football rivalry as Chelsea take on Leeds in a league fixture for the first time since 2004. The rivalry stems from their fierce battles in the sixties and seventies but this modern day meeting will provide a different kind of battle as Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard reunite for the first time since the infamous spy-gate saga. With both sides likely to place emphasis on attack, expect fireworks.
Tottenham v Arsenal - Sun 6th Dec, 4.30PM Sky Sports
Local bragging rights are at stake in North London, but it feels like these two clubs are moving in different directions right now. Spurs are sitting pretty at the top of the table and go into this match with all the momentum. Arsenal, meanwhile, are on a wretched run down in 14th, and struggling for goals. Can the Gunners throw the form book out of the window on derby day?
Man United v Man City - Sat 12th Dec, 5.30PM Sky Sports
You’re spoiled for derbies this month and the focus moves to Manchester next weekend. The red half of the city had the bragging rights last season, completing the double over their neighbours despite finishing 15 points behind. There’s less of a gap this season and you could argue that neither side has found top gear yet, something that derby day success should kick start over the festive period.
Liverpool v Tottenham - Wed 16th Dec, 8PM Amazon Prime Video
We’re not even halfway through the season yet, but this already feels like a massive game in deciding the destination of the Premier League title. These two currently lead the way, and whilst it’s no surprise to see Liverpool once again challenging, Tottenham’s has come as a little more of a shock to some. Taking 3 points from fortress Anfield would be the ultimate statement of intent.