Year’s End On Tap

2020 will be over in a week. Until then, here’s some football that might help to get you through. All times are CST, so do your own math.

Saturday, Boxing Day

  • 6:30 AM Leicester City – Manchester United (NBCSN): This should make a good start to the day–quite possibly the best show on offer.
  • 9:00 AM Fulham – Southampton (Peacock) or Brentford – Cardiff City (ESPN+): Neither Premier League option–Aston Villa – Crystal Palace is also on NBCSN–really appeals, so you might want to think about the best of the Championship games instead. Brentford is an exciting team, and Cardiff should offer stiff if somewhat conservative opposition.
  • 11:30 AM Arsenal – Chelsea (NBC): Though the Premier League is pushing this as the highlight of the Boxing Day schedule, recent form suggests that it could get ugly quickly. Probably best to have Hibernian – Rangers (1st and 3rd in the Scottish Premiership), 12:00 PM on ESPN+, at the ready as a replacement.
  • 2:00 PM Manchester City – Newcastle United (NBCSN): If you’ve been taking the day seriously, it’s possible you’ll be drunk enough to enjoy this, or Sheffield United – Everton on Peacock. Otherwise, the Championship has a real topspiel, with Watford – Norwich City (5th v 1st) at 1:45 PM on ESPN+

Sunday the 27th

  • 6:00 AM Leeds United – Burnley (Peacock): Never miss Leeds.
  • 8:15 AM West Ham United – Brighton & Hove Albion (NBCSN): It’s the Premier League or nothing this time around, so you might as well settle in. This should be an enjoyable match.
  • 10:30 AM Liverpool – West Bromwich Albion (NBCSN): The appointment of Sam Allardyce at least allows for some interesting narratives.
  • 1:15 PM Wolverhampton Wanderers – Tottenham Hotspur (NBCSN): This is the best pairing of the “Boxing” matchday. Enjoy.

Monday the 28th

  • 9:00 AM Crystal Palace – Leicester City (NBCSN): It’s like Boxing Day just won’t end this year. Not the best starter, but I guess it had to happen sometime.
  • 11:30 AM Chelsea – Aston Villa (NBCSN): Here’s hoping the Aston Villa that beat Liverpool 7-2 somehow reappear and make this into something special.
  • 2:00 PM Everton – Manchester City (Peacock): Can Guardiola mount a City turnaround? If so, it needs to gather pace with a win here.

Tuesday the 29th

  • 10:00 AM Sevilla – Villarreal (BeIN Sports): La Liga gets back into action to give us all some choices again. This is what’s on, but it’s also one of the better games of the day.
  • 12:00 PM West Bromwich Albion – Leeds United (Peacock): NBCSN is showing Brighton & Hove Albion – Arsenal, but you know what to do.
  • 2:00 PM Manchester United – Wolverhampton Wanderers (NBCSN): Another good game to round out an enjoyable Tuesday.

Wednesday the 30th

  • 10:00 AM Granada – Valencia (BeIN Sports): This isn’t exactly a four star affair, but Granada is probably a better team than you think. Give it a chance.
  • 12:00 PM Atlético Madrid – Getafe (BeIN Sports): Surely you’ve had enough Premier League by this point that you don’t need to watch Spurs set up to counter-attack Fulham on NBCSN. Alternately, Brentford – Bournemouth in the Championship (10:30 AM on ESPN+) could be a tasty option.
  • 2:00 PM Swansea City – Reading (ESPN+): I know, it feels like I’m pimping for the Championship. The alternative is watching Liverpool or Real Madrid picking on the footballing equivalent of a sixth grader on the usual channels. You do you.

Thursday the 31st

  • 7:00 AM Athletic Bilbao – Real Sociedad (BeIN Sports): The last day of the year belongs to La Liga. This is the nice half of the double-header.
  • 9:15 AM Osasuna – Deportivo Alavés (BeIN Sports): . . . and this is what’s on after.

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