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Live sport on TV guide: What to watch on Sky Sports, BT Sport and Channel 4

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SATURDAY

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9am Sky Sports Action

Rugby Sevens South Africa

Before we begin, may we let you know that this guide is a politics-free zone. Praise be. Anyway, this is the second round of the gruelling sevens season, live from Cape Town. It continues on Sunday as well.

Midday BT Sport 1

Football Liverpool v Watford

Ostriches may feature heavily in the post-match analysis of this game, especially if it goes according to form. Poor Nigel Pearson. But remember: he will always be flexible enough to put his head in the sand. He can, you can’t.

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Midday Sky Sports Football

Football Birmingham v West Brom

Charlie Austin has proved a useful buy for West Brom since arriving from Southampton in the summer (Getty Images)

Right, here’s a decent lunchtime derby match. And we will overlook the number of times West Brom have already been on the box.

12.30pm Sky Sports Arena

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Darts World Championship

Is it too early to get into the darts? After all, this parade of mohicans, booze and boorishness will continue into the new year. Best pace ourselves.

2.45pm BT Sport 2

Rugby union Saracens v Munster

Saracens don their bespoke Savile-Row tailored tracksuits and drive the platinum-plated Aston Martin to welcome Munster to their humble abode (which, if the rumours are true, houses a rather impressive wine cellar and rare breeds enclosure including an albino tapir). As per the usual European Saturday, this is part of a marathon which begins at 12.30pm with Connacht v Gloucester and ends at 10pm with the conclusion of Stade Francais v Bristol.

4.35pm Channel 4

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Rugby union Leinster v Northampton

I enjoy sport on terrestrial TV. No wires, Wifi or satellite dishes to worry about. And this one boasts a special pundit: the ex-England captain Dylan Hartley, who has wasted no time in moving from the melancholy of injury-enforced retirement to the joy of being paid to comment on his former team-mates.

5pm Sky Sports Premier League

Football Southampton v West Ham

Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhüttl was on the brink of the sack only a few weeks ago – at the same time that Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham was planning trips to Europe for next season. How times change. If we were being political we would make some Jeremy Corbyn related analogy, but we are under orders to stick to sports.

SUNDAY

Australia and New Zealand do battle in Perth (Getty Images)

4.45am BT Sport 3

Cricket Australia v New Zealand

Australia have the tag of “team we would like to beat the most” foisted on them by two countries: England, of course, and also the people from the east: the Kiwis. It is a shame that the folk from Aotearoa don’t appear to be making much of a fight of this match.

11am Sky Sports Football

Football Motherwell v Rangers

Crikey. Another early kick-off for Rangers as they continue the chase behind Celtic for an elusive Premiership title.

1pm Sky Sports Mix

A horse jumps over a jump (Getty Images)

Equestrianism Rolex Grand Slam

Unfashionable as this view may be, but the idea of a rider dressed in a tailored coat trying to convince a horse to jump over a massive indoor fence is a little... weird. By the way, bet you didn’t think you’d see the word “tailored” twice in a guide to sport on TV.

1pm Sky Sports Premier League

Football Super Sunday

Now here’s something we can get excited about. A Scot called Ferguson in the dugout at Old Trafford. Ah, the good times are back, see ya Ole, you were a great player, but move over for the big cheese. What? Fergie is in the away dressing room? And he’s called Duncan and is in charge of Everton? Ah. As you were. Arsenal invite Manchester City to waltz through their sad excuse for a defence later on.

7pm Sky Sports Arena

Darts World Championship

Tonight (Sunday night, in case you've lost track) is a rare one in which you are spoilt for choice with regards to sleep-depriving sport. There is this – which is on the outer fringes of sport, let’s be honest – or some strange golf tournament called the QBE Shootout involving the 24 best golfers (or more accurately the 24 best available golfers) and an array of formats. Oh, and there's American football.

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