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The42's guide to the best sports on TV this Christmas

There is some great sporting action for your viewing pleasure over the holidays.

SINCE YOU WILL likely spend a good chunk of the Christmas weekend plopped on the couch while suffering from an intense food coma, you will need some quality televisual entertainment to keep you in touch with the real world.

And while Mrs Brown’s Boys might pass as fun viewing for some, at The42 we decided to focus on all the great sporting action on what should be a great long weekend with Christmas Day falling on a Friday.

Football

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Emirates Stadium Source: John Walton

Stephen’s Day Premier League action is one of the most enjoyable parts of the festive period and we’ve been given a couple of enticing fixtures for the day after Christmas.

Stoke host Manchester United on Sky at 12.45pm while Leicester will travel to Liverpool to take on Jurgen Klopp’s men at 3pm on Setanta Sports in what could be a crucial clash.

If that isn’t enough, BT Sport will show Newcastle v Everton at 5.30pm and Southampton v Arsenal at 7.45pm.

Rugby

LeinsterÕs Luke Fitzgerald  26/12//2014 Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Inter-pros galore! December 26 sees Connacht host Ulster in a game (18.00 on TG4/BBC NI) you would think the westerners must win to cement their Champions Cup qualification place.

The following day sees Irish club rugby’s biggest rivalry get renewed at Thomond Park as Leinster travel to Limerick to face Munster at 17.15 on Sky and TG4.

Horse Racing

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

All eyes will be on Leopardstown from Stephen’s Day on as the racing starts on RTÉ.

Every year Irish racing fans are treated to a sublime feast from the sport of kings but there is something extra special about the action on the day after Christmas.

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Basketball

Warriors Jazz Basketball Source: Rick Bowmer

If you are an NBA fan then you probably know about the Golden State Warriors’ absurd start to this season.

Christmas Day sees them take on Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of last year’s NBA finals. Not bad viewing for after your Christmas dinner.

NFL

Packers Lions Football Source: Paul Sancya

There is a full slate of NFL games on Sunday December 27 with Arizona v Green Bay at 9.25pm probably the pick of the contests.

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