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The TV slots every sports fan needs to pencil in this Christmas

From a documentary about ROG to lots of Gary Lineker, there’s plenty to keep you off the streets over the next week.


Friends reunited: Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho will resume hostilities. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Monday, 23 Dec

Arsenal v Chelsea, Monday Night Football, Sky Sports 1, 7pm

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 2, 7pm

Seo Spoirt, TG4, 8.30pm

Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story, TG4, 9.30pm

Match of the Day 2, BBC, 2230

Live NFL: Atlantan Falcons at San Francisco 49ers, Sky Sports 2, 12am (Tuesday).

Don’t forget to record: The Gunners’ title credentials will be tested with the visit of London rivals Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium. A proper Christmas cracker with a bit of luck. Also.. the last NFL game at Candlestick Park.

Christmas Eve

Gilette Soccer Christmas Special, Sky Sports 1, 8pm

Don’t forget to record: take the day off, Sky box.


Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Christmas Day

Páidí Ó Sé - Rí an Pharóiste, TG4, 1015pm

Live Ashes Cricket, 12am, Sky Sports 2

Don’t forget to record: The TG4 documantery promises to sketch in the detail of the broad picture we already have of Páidí Ó Sé by talking to those who knew the real man: his neighbours, friends and family in Ventry.

St Stephen’s Day

Racing from Leopardstown, RTÉ Two, 1pm

Hull v Man Utd, Premier League, Sky Sports, 1245

St Johnstone v Celtic, Scottish Premiership, Sky sports 1, 1pm

West Ham v Arsenal, Premier League, BT Sport, 3pm

Blackpool v Leeds United, Championship, Sky Sports 1, 5.15pm

Man City v Liverpool, Premier League, BT sports, 5.15pm

Nottingham Forest v QPR, Championship, Sky Sports 1, 7.15pm

Match of the Day, BBC, 10.25pm

Live NBA, Houston Rockets v San Antonio Spurs followed by La Clippers v Golden State Warriors, BT Sport 1, 7pm

Don’t forget to record: A midweek winter MOTD is one of life’s small joys.

Friday, 27 December

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 1, 7pm

2013 – The Magic of Hurling, RTÉ Two, 7.50pm

Munster v Connacht, Rabo, TG4, 7.15pm

Don’t forget to record: The sun shone and the hurling championship delivered a summer to remember this year. Relieve Clare’s dramatic All-Ireland win with the documentary on what we used to know as Network Two.


Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Saturday, 28 December

West Ham v West Brom, Premier League, Sky Sports, 1245pm


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Cardiff v Sunderland, Premier League,, Sky Sports, 5.30pm

Leinster v Ulster, Rabo, RTÉ Two, 6.45pm

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 1, 7pm

Don’t forget to record: Making History – Ireland’s Grand Slam. Relive the highs and highs of Ireland’s women’s rugby team on the way to their first-ever 6 Nations shut-out. Bravo, ladies. (RTÉ Two)

Sunday, 29 December

Newcastle v Arsenal, Premier League, Sky Sports 1.30pm

Chelsea v Liverpool, Premier League,, Sky Sports, 4pm

Live NFL, Sky Sports 3, from 5.30pm

2013 – A Summer In Blue, RTÉ Two, 6.30pm

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 1, 7pm

Match of the Day, BBC One, 10.30

American Football Live, Channel 4, 1.05am (Monday morning)

Don’t forget to record: Endeavour: Everest without Oxygen – - Two mountaineers make the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain without oxygen. Obviously.


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30 December

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 1, 7pm

Don’t forget to record: Maybe you should go for a walk.

New Year’s Eve

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 1, 7pm

Don’t forget to record: Blades of Glory’s on RTÉ Two at tea-time. That’s sporty.

New Year’s Day

Swansea v Man City, Premier League, Sky Sports, 12.45pm

Southampton v Chelsea, Premier League, BT Sport, 3pm

Man Utd v Spurs, Premier League, BT Sport, 530pm

Live World Darts Championship, Sky Sports 1, 8pm – The Final.

Match of the Day, BBC One, 10.50pm

Don’t forget to record: The Karate Kid’s on but it’s Will Smith’s young lad rather than Ralph Macchio (Channel 4, 6.20pm).


Thursday, 2 January

Don’t forget to record: RO’G: The Ronan O’Gara documentary

He hasn’t gone away, you know. RTÉ chart the career of Cork native O’Gara from kicking with Con to Grand Slams, Lions tours and now a new life in Paris. Potential to be class.

Friday, 3 January

Ulster v Munster, Rabo, RTÉ Two, 7pm

Don’t forget to record: Moneyball

Hollywood swings for the fences with this Aaron Sorkin-scripted take on Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s gaming the baseball system. Not quite a home run but very enjoyable.

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