New Years Football on TV Opens with Old Firm Derby

Old Firm Derby - Rangers v Celtic
There is a fine slate of matches this weekend, starting with the Old Firm derby, as Rangers v Celtic will be available on Fox Sports 1 early Saturday morning.

Liverpool v Manchester City is the highlight, coming at 11:30 am Saturday on NBC. Jürgen Klopp finally gets a chance to face Pep Guardiola on level playing field per this Guardian report. The match marks the return of Manchester City’s leading scorer Sergio Aguero (10 goals), who served the final match of a four-game suspension when his team defeated Hull City 3-0 on Monday. The Reds have won their past three matches, including a 4-1 win over Stoke City.

NBCSN will present a new Premier League Download featuring Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola at 3 p.m. Monday. Hosted by the Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett, Premier League Download: Inside the Mind of Pep Guardiola features an in-depth discussion on the unique aspects of football that motivate the Manchester City manager.

And in a quirk in the schedule, the EPL teams will follow Friday-Sunday’s matches with another full slate of games Monday-Wednesday. So twenty matches in the coming six days. La Liga will return Tuesday – Thursday with Copa del Rey matches.

Of note is also the NHL Winter Classic on Monday at noon, live from Busch Stadium on NBC to wrap up the weekend in sport. Of course, that’s assuming the weather doesn’t change the schedule. The news reports I’ve seen note that the league has indicated the game could be moved to a different time on Monday or even get moved to Tuesday. Rain is the largest concern, affecting the ice quality. So keep an eye on those reports.

SATURDAY
Time League Match TV
06:00 Scotland Rangers v Celtic Fox Sports 1
09:00 England 2nd Preston North End vs Sheffield Wednesday beIN SPORTS USA
09:00 EPL Manchester United v Middlesbrough NBC Sports
11:30 EPL Liverpool v Manchester City NBC
11:30 England 2nd Brentford vs Norwich City beIN SPORTS USA
SUNDAY
Time League Match TV
07:30 EPL Watford v Tottenham Hotspur NBC Sports
09:55 EPL Arsenal v Crystal Palace NBC Sports
MONDAY
Time League Match TV
06:25 EPL Middlesbrough v Leicester City NBC Sports
09:00 EPL Sunderland v Liverpool NBC Sports
09:00 EPL Manchester City v Burnley CNBC
11:15 EPL West Ham United v Manchester United NBC Sports
12:00 NHL Winter Classic: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues NBC
3:00 pm EPL Premier League Download – Inside the Mind of Pep Guardiola NBC Sports
6:00 pm EPL Premier League Match of the Day NBC Sports
8:00 pm EPL Premier League Match of the Week NBC Sports
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