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10 can’t-miss Premier League holiday fixture matches—and how to watch ‘em live

Get ready for eight days of Premier League action.


Phil West


Posted on Dec 24, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 7:37 pm CDT

For Premier League soccer fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday fixture schedule, as it’s known in England, is the chance for fans around the world taking Christmastime off to watch soccer almost every day. This year, there are a great number of matches streaming live between the day after Christmas and the day after New Year’s Day. If you’re a fan of one of the top Premier League teams, you’ll have a few opportunities to see your team in action.

Here are the 10 can’t-miss games—and how to stream them online in the U.S.


What are the holiday fixtures?

Think of it as the bowl season in college football, except they’re games in the middle of the Premier League season. Around the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Premier League schedules three weeks’ worth of matches into what is typically a seven or eight-day span. While a number of the world’s soccer leagues go on hiatus during the holidays, including La Liga, the Bundesliga, and Liga MX, the Premier League makes it a point to schedule wall-to-wall soccer during those especially festive days.

10 Best Matches of the Premier League Holiday Fixture Schedule

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Brighton

Thursday, Dec. 26, 7:30am ET
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: It’s Spurs’ first match following a bizarre loss to Chelsea. While they didn’t seize on that chance to get back into the top four, they’ll look to bounce back against Brighton. Though Brighton’s coming off a recent loss, it dealt Arsenal a defeat a few weeks back and played Wolves tough in a 2-2 draw just two weeks prior.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United

Thursday, Dec. 26, 12:30pm ET
Old Trafford in Manchester, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: United’s coming off a 2-0 loss to lowly Watford and will look to take it out on Newcastle. The Magpies are riding high after a 1-0 win over Palace lifted them to ninth in the table, thanks to former Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron scoring his first Premier League goal and engaging in one of the most joyful celebrations of the entire year.

Liverpool vs. Leicester City

Thursday, Dec. 26, 3pm ET
King Power Stadium in Leicester, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: It’s the top two teams in the Premier League closing out Boxing Day. If there’s to be a race in the Premier League, Liverpool’s going to need to drop a few matches, and this is one of the best chances for that to happen.

Manchester City vs. Wolves

Friday, Dec. 27, 2:45pm ET
Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: Wolves are showing that last year’s surprise seventh-place finish isn’t a fluke. They’re currently sixth in the table and could break into the top four if a few more things go their way. Though City has already dropped four matches, it could still successfully defend its title, but it’s going to take capitalizing on the Liverpool losses that haven’t yet happened.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Norwich City

Saturday, Dec. 28, 12:30pm ET
Carrow Road in Norwich, England
(NBC, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: Though Norwich currently sits in the relegation zone, it does have recent draws against Arsenal and Leicester to its credit, and it has beaten City earlier this season. This match, in the marquee position on Saturday’s slate, is not one that Spurs will want to take lightly.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Sunday, Dec. 29, 9am ET
Emirates Stadium in London, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: Mikel Arteta’s home managerial debut will come against a Chelsea squad that slowed a recent skid in grand fashion by dispatching Spurs on Sunday. If Arsenal’s to be a factor in the top four race this season, it could use a statement win here to help that along.

Liverpool vs. Wolves

Sunday, Dec. 29, 11:30am ET
Anfield in Liverpool, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: Assuming Liverpool survives the Leicester test, this is yet another challenge to the Reds’ quest for an unbeaten season. Wolves will have to play this match less than 48 hours after hosting City, while the hosts will still be just a week removed from a FIFA Club World Cup championship in Qatar.

Manchester City vs. Everton

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 12:30pm ET
Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: Carlo Ancelotti’s moved in as Everton manager, and one of his first matches in charge pits him against Pep Guardiola and a strong City squad at the Etihad. While it looks like Everton’s got enough talent and momentum to be safe from relegation, it’s not entirely out of danger yet.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 3pm ET
Emirates Stadium in London, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: Though both teams are Europa League rather than Champions League representatives, this is still a marquee matchup of huge Premier League clubs worthy of a New Year’s Day showcase. Both teams would welcome a big win in a match like this to jump-start the season.

Liverpool vs. Sheffield United

Thursday, Jan. 2, 3pm ET
Anfield in Liverpool, England
(NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

Why it’s on the list: There’s a phrase familiar to Premier League fans to describe the challenge of multiple matches within this short time frame: Holiday fixture congestion. That’s particularly true for Liverpool, which rounds out three matches in eight days with this match against Sheffield United. The Blades are quietly and surprisingly in fifth place at the season’s halfway point, with only one loss since the end of September.

The Premier League Holiday Fixture Schedule: How to watch Premier League matches live online

The matches are mostly on NBCSN; these streaming services provide fans the opportunity to catch Premier League action throughout the season.

1) Sling TV

Sling Orange + Blue channels
Sling Orange + Blue

Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)

Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.


2) FuboTV

FuboTV channels

  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
  • FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)

If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, 10 beIN SPORTS channels, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)

FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.


3) Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV channels
Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)


4) YouTube TV

YouTube TV channels
YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBC and NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


5) AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now channels
  • Cost: $50-$135 per month 
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


6) NBC Sports Gold

NBC Sports Gold streaming info
NBC Sports Gold

If you want access to every Premier League game this season, you’ll want an NBC Sports Gold subscription. At the Matchday Pass tier, for $39.99, you get access to 140 exclusive live matches, with at least four for each of the 20 clubs. The Premier League Pass option gives you an option to replay matches, in case you can’t catch a match live, and offers additional programming, including analysis and highlights. NBC Sports Gold offers additional packages for fans who want to follow rugby action, the PGA tour, Indy Car racing, cycling, and lacrosse. 



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*First Published: Dec 24, 2019, 12:46 pm CST