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The busiest two weeks of the Premier League calendar (40 matches in all) begin on Friday, as leaders Liverpool face Wolverhampton. Twice in the last ten seasons, the Reds have been top at Christmas, only to fail to win the League.
The NBA’s traditional Christmas showcase features five games and the league’s top stars. LeBron James’ annual tilt against the defending-champion Golden State Warriors involves his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, and airs in prime time.
While it’s a normal week for the NFL, Monday Night’s clash between arch rivals, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, takes on added significance. Christmas Eve could be the last Raiders game in Oakland, as the team faces an uncertain future a year ahead of their move to Las Vegas.
Bowl season continues over the long Christmas weekend, with ten games between Thursday and Wednesday. Boxing Day has two games between Power Five conference teams, and a third between #25 Boise State and Boston College.
Christmas is the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and that means cricket. This year’s traditional Boxing Day Test pits Australia against India. Aaron Finch should be ready to go for the Aussies, but the same can not be said of the field conditions in Melbourne.