Sky Sports pundits have told Inapub who will be enjoying Christmas dinner the most this year as the broadcaster prepares for a bumper period of football.

December will see a host of top tier clashes as well as huge fixtures in the Championship and in Scotland, which could all be big draws for pubs.

Former Liverpool ace Jamie Carragher said he was most looking forward to the Merseyside derby on Monday December 19.

"The big one for me is Everton v Liverpool, which can determine how much you enjoy your Christmas in Liverpool. It's a big game for both clubs and it's a leveller being at Goodison."

However, he added, perhaps surprisingly, that nobody would enjoy Christmas more than under-fire Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew.

"I think Alan Pardew will actually enjoy it to get 2016 out of the way because it has been such a nightmare for Crystal Palace," he continued. "He will know that will have to change in 2017 and their Premier League survival could hinge on that."

In Scotland, pundit Neil McCann pointed to the Old Firm clash on New Year's Eve, before which he predicted Celtic manager Brendan Rogers would enjoy the Christmas period.

"Brendan Rogers can have a six or seven courser on Christmas Day. They've put in some good performances in Europe, they've already got a cup in the bag and they are cruising in the league. Although I don't think any manager ever really switches off."

Championship pundit Don Goodman pointed to the Boxing Day clash between Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday as a highlight.

That will be one of 19 EFL games screened live on Sky in December with 10 games being shown on consecutive days between December 9 and 18.

Commentator Martin Tyler added that one manager who might enjoy celebrations at Christmas more than most is one whose team are currently near the relegation zone.

"Claudio Ranieri will (enjoy it) whatever happens with Leicester because he has been chasing league titles and he has finally got one. However, I think most managers would like Christmas to be moved to May 25."

 

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Christmas Highlights

 

Premier League
Sunday Dec 18 Man City v Arsenal, 4pm
Monday Dec 19 Everton v Liverpool, 8pm
Monday Dec 26 Watford v Crystal Palace, 12.30pm
Monday Dec 26 Hull City v Man City, 5.15pm
Tuesday Dec 27 Liverpool v Stoke, 5.15pm
Weds Dec 28 Southampton v Spurs, 7.45pm
Friday Dec 30 Hull v Everton, 8pm

Sunday Jan 1 Watford v Spurs, 1.30pm
Sunday Jan 1 Arsenal v Crystal Palace, 4pm
Monday Jan 2 Middlesbrough v Leicester, 12.30pm
Monday Jan 2 West Ham v Man Utd, 5.15pm

 

EFL Championship
Monday Dec 26 Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday, 7.45pm
Tuesday Dec 27 Brighton v QPR, 12.30pm
Thursday Dec 29 Aston Villa v Leeds, 7:45pm
Saturday Dec 31 Brentford v Norwich, 5.30pm
Monday Jan 2 Blackburn v Newcastle, 3pm

 

Scotland
Saturday Dec 31 Rangers v Celtic, 12.15pm