Premier League fans will receive the greatest gift of all in the form of a Boxing Day football festival.
The return of elite English football has been high on many fans’ wishlists over the past six weeks as the World Cup took center stage.
But now that Argentina have lifted the trophy in Qatar, the 2022/23 Premier League season is set for an instant restart.
League action resumes on Boxing Day and the talkSPORT network will be present on ALL top-flight matches.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham will kick off the seven matches on offer, as they travel to Brentford in a celebratory derby in London.
Harry Kane will be on the pitch for the first time since missing a vital penalty for England in their World Cup quarter-final loss to France.
But the Three Lions skipper could be given the perfect gift, having scored in his six Boxing Day appearances – the most of any Premier League player.
But it’s just one of three London derbies available on the talkSPORT network, which also includes Spurs’ rivals Arsenal.
The Premier League leaders reclaim their unlikely title as they take on West Ham in the Emirates spotlight.
The Gunners head into the resumption of English football five points clear at the top of the table and will be looking to pile more misery on the Hammers.
Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta is unbeaten in his five matches he has captained against former boss David Moyes, winning four of them.
From current Arsenal managers to former ones, Unai Emery will be keen to continue his 100% record in charge of Aston Villa against Liverpool.
The Reds have had a poor start to the season but their Boxing Day record could prove the perfect tonic after winning their last five games with an aggregate score of 15-0.
James Milner in particular relishes this time as the most wonderful of the year with his first-ever Premier League goal on Boxing Day 20 years ago, aged 16 for Leeds.
Elsewhere, Leicester host Newcastle in the pick of the four 3pm showdowns exclusively live on talkSPORT.
Brendan Rodgers will take charge of his 300th Premier League game as manager looking to topple the Foxes’ torrid post-Christmas record.
Newcastle had enjoyed their longest running winning streak in the Premier League, with the World Cup break coming at the worst time.
However, one bright spot for the Magpies is that star man Miguel Almiron – who has been involved in eight goals in his last eight games – is fully rested having not played in Qatar.
Meanwhile on talkSPORT 2, new Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui will take charge of his Premier League opener at Everton.
The West Midlands side are anchored at the bottom of the table, safely four points behind the Toffees, with this game already proving vital for both teams.
The talkSPORT app will then provide the other confrontations, the first of which is the third London derby between Crystal Palace and Fulham.
Aleksandar Mitrovic for his part is relishing inter-capital games having scored in each of his last three Premier League derby games in London.
And finally, Brighton will face Southampton.
This will be Nathan Jones’ first Premier League home game in charge of Saints as he seeks to guide the club out of the relegation zone.
Premier League schedule Boxing Day 2022
Brentford v Tottenham – 12:30 p.m., Gtech Community Stadium – EXCLUSIVE talkSPORT
Leicester v Newcastle – 3:00 p.m., King Power Stadium – EXCLUSIVE talkSPORT
Everton v Wolves – 3:00 p.m., Goodison Park – TalkSPORT 2 EXCLUSIVE
Crystal Palace v Fulham – 3:00 p.m., Selhurst Park – EXCLUSIVE talkSPORT APP
Southampton v Brighton – 3:00 p.m., St Mary’s – EXCLUSIVE talkSPORT APP
Aston Villa v Liverpool – 5.30pm, King Power Stadium – EXCLUSIVE talkSPORT
Arsenal v West Ham – 8:00 p.m., Emirates Stadium – EXCLUSIVE talkSPORT
Premier League holiday calendar
Monday, December 26
- Brentford v Tottenham (12.30pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
- Crystal Palace v Fulham (3:00 p.m.) LIVE on the talkSPORT app
- Everton v Wolves (3.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT 2
- Leicester v Newcastle (3.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
- Southampton v Brighton (3.00pm) LIVE on the talkSPORT app
- Aston Villa v Liverpool (5.30pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
- Arsenal v West Ham (8.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
tuesday 27 december
- Chelsea v Bournemouth (5.30pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
- Manchester United v Nottingham Forest (8.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
Wednesday, December 28
- Leeds v Manchester City (8.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
Friday, December 30
- West Ham v Brentford (7.45pm) LIVE on talkSPORT 2
- Liverpool v Leicester (8.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
saturday 31 december
- Wolves v Manchester United (12.30pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
- Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (3:00 p.m.)
- Fulham v Southampton (3:00 p.m.)
- Manchester City v Everton (3:00 p.m.)
- Newcastle v Leeds United (3:00 p.m.)
- Brighton v Arsenal (5.30pm)
Sunday January 1
- Tottenham v Aston Villa (2:00 p.m.)
- Nottingham Forest v Chelsea (4.30pm)
monday january 2
- Brentford v Liverpool (5.30pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
Tuesday, January 3
- Everton v Brighton (7:45 p.m.)
- Leicester v Fulham (7:45 p.m.)
- Arsenal v Newcastle (8:00 p.m.)
- Manchester United v Bournemouth (8.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
Wednesday January 4
- Southampton v Nottingham Forest (7.30pm) LIVE on talkSPORT 2
- Leeds v West Ham (7:45 p.m.)
- Aston Villa v Wolves (8.00pm) LIVE on talkSPORT
- Crystal Palace v Tottenham (8:00 p.m.)
Thursday January 5
- Chelsea v Manchester City (8:00 p.m.)
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