It's a Christmas tradition that runs almost deep in many British people's psyche as the Turkey itself. On Boxing Day, besides all the other ongoing festivities, it is a time to sit and watch football.
In 2013 it is no different, with three live games among a full calendar of 10 league encounters for fans to tuck into as they recover from the events of the previous day.
As the games stack up, every point is crucial over the hectic holiday season schedule, and Thursday's games will see all 20 sides scrapping to ensure their fans return home happy with as much vigour as ever.
|Week 18 Fixtures and TV Info|
|Hull vs. Man Utd||Dec. 26||12:45 GMT/7.45 ET||Sky Sports||1-3|
|Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||2-1|
|Cardiff vs. Southampton||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||0-1|
|Chelsea vs. Swansea||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||2-0|
|Everton vs. Sunderland||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||3-0|
|Newcastle vs. Stoke||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||2-0|
|Norwich vs. Fulham||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||1-1|
|Tottenham vs. West Brom||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||2-1|
|West Ham vs. Arsenal||Dec. 26||15:00 GMT/10:00 ET||BT Sport||0-2|
|Man City vs. Liverpool||Dec. 26||17:30 GMT/12.30 ET||BT Sport||4-1|
BT Sport have the pick of the day's action with two feature ties, including the all-important top-of-the-table clash between Manchester City and Liverpool from Etihad Stadium.
Available via BT Vision, the BT Sport player/app or Sky channel 413, subscribers can enjoy a game at both 3 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. GMT live at home.
For those with only a Sky Sports subscription, the day's offering is Hull against Manchester United from KC Stadium, with David Moyes' side looking to continue their improved recent form.
Sky coverage can be seen via the Sky Sports channel, the Sky Go website or official app.
Game of the Week
Manchester City vs. Liverpool (Prediction: 4-1)
Per BBC Sport, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers described the Premier League title as "Manchester City's to lose" this weekend and will have the chance to test Manuel Pellegrini's side for himself on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Northern Irishman, the Citizens' home record is simply exceptional. Eight games have brought eight wins and 35 goals in the hosts' favour, conceding just five in return.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United have conceded a combined 16 goals upon their visits to the blue half of Manchester, with City ruthlessly efficient against even some of the best opposition the Premier League can offer.
Liverpool, though, are in fine fettle themselves and have 19-goal striker Luis Suarez leading their attack to breathe fear into the hearts of their opponents. Conversely, City will be without star forward Sergio Aguero due to ongoing injury concerns.
It is difficult, though, to see anything other than a comfortable home victory based upon form, although Liverpool will hope to score against an inconsistent City defence that have conceded 20 times this season.
The sensible money is on a comfortable home win, but Liverpool are not the type of side to simply roll over and accept defeat. It could be a terrific spectacle.
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