Premier League Week 18 Fixtures: TV Schedule, Live Stream Info and Predictions

Christopher AtkinsContributor IDecember 23, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool battles for the ball with Javi Garcia of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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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
FixtureDateTimeTV InfoPrediction
Hull vs. Man UtdDec. 2612:45 GMT/7.45 ETSky Sports1-3
Aston Villa vs. Crystal PalaceDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET2-1
Cardiff vs. SouthamptonDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET0-1
Chelsea vs. SwanseaDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET2-0
Everton vs. SunderlandDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET3-0
Newcastle vs. StokeDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET2-0
Norwich vs. FulhamDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET1-1
Tottenham vs. West BromDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ET2-1
West Ham vs. ArsenalDec. 2615:00 GMT/10:00 ETBT Sport0-2
Man City vs. LiverpoolDec. 2617:30 GMT/12.30 ETBT Sport4-1
Premier League

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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Manager Brendan Rodgers of liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on December 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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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.