EPL Week 18 Fixtures: Crucial Live Stream and TV Info for Upcoming Schedule

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his second goal with team mate Jordan Henderson during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Premier League's winter period gifts its fans a loaded Christmas schedule once again this year, with the Boxing Day matchups next on the agenda.

After the frivolities have passed it's swiftly back to business in the English top flight in a period of the campaign that tends to offer up a good portion of shock results.

Ahead of the festive fixtures, we've got all the necessary information to ensure you don't miss a minute, complete with a preview of the week's most essential encounters.

2013/14 Premier League Week 18 Info
MatchupDateTimeTV InfoStream
Hull City vs. Manchester UnitedDec. 2612:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ETSky SportsSkyGo App
Aston Villa vs. Crystal PalaceDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
Cardiff City vs. SouthamptonDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
Chelsea vs. Swansea CityDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
Everton vs. SunderlandDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
Newcastle United vs. Stoke CityDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
Norwich City vs. FulhamDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
Tottenham vs. West BromDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETNBC Sports Live Extra
West Ham vs. ArsenalDec. 263 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETBT SportBT Sport App
Manchester City vs. LiverpoolDec. 265:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ETBT SportBT Sport App
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Key Matchups 

Manchester City vs. Liverpool 

While it's last on the timetable, Manchester City and Liverpool's Thursday evening clash stands out as the pick of the Boxing Day bunch.

A fixture that promises to set apart two of the Premier League's biggest title contenders this season, the Reds travel to the Etihad Stadium just a single point ahead of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Cardiff City at Anfield at Anfield on December 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

While the clubs' immense point tallies are significant of a very well-rounded approach, it's undoubtedly the attacks of either team that have stood out this term, Luis Suarez leading the chase with 19 goals this term while Alvaro Negredo will serve as Pellegrini's biggest force going forward.

Fortunately for Brendan Rodgers, Sergio Aguero's injury means that the Argentinian won't be available for this week's clash, a fixture that's produced at least three goals in each of its last three league renditions.

Infostrada Sports show exactly how essential the two forwards have been in front of goal for their sides:

  

Cardiff City vs. Southampton 

Two representatives of Wales' and England's respective southern coastlines, Cardiff City and Southampton, will stage their first Premier League encounter this weekend in a not-too-unfamiliar setting.

The duo last met during the 2011/12 Championship campaign where a 1-1 draw failed to separate the pair at St. Mary's, but both squads have come on leaps and bounds since then.

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 14:  Cardiff manager Malky MacKay looks on prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion at Cardiff City Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

The last time that the Saints claimed a result in the Welsh capital came in 1974, per Statto.com, but the Bluebirds have since won seven straight league fixtures against their English counterparts.

Mauricio Pochettino's men head into the fixture looking to maintain a 100 percent record against the Premier League new boys after already beaten Hull City and Crystal Palace, but Malky Mackay's men arguably pose the greatest test of the trio.

  

West Ham United vs. Arsenal 

Allardyce is in danger of falling into a relegation battle
Allardyce is in danger of falling into a relegation battleStu Forster/Getty Images

A London encounter that didn't fail to sparkle last season, Arsenal and West Ham produced a massive 10 goals in their two meetings during the 2012/13 term, though it was the Gunners who accounted for eight of those, winning both legs.

This week promises to yield similar results, too, as Arsene Wenger's side head to Upton Park with the aim of solidifying a spot at the summit of the English top flight, while the Hammers risk falling deeper into a relegation struggle.

The last time Arsenal failed to score less than two goals against Sam Allardyce's side in East London came back in 2007, and the northern-based visitors have since gone on to have extremely good luck against their foes.