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Tuesday 18th December 2018

EastEnders and Coronation Street at war on New Year's Day

But who will win?

Soap fans will be forced to make a very difficult choice over the festive period - do they prefer Easties or Corrie?

In a very rare clash of schedules, the rival ITV and BBC soaps will go head to head on New Year's Day.

Surely this isn't in the spirit of Christmas?

New Year in Walford centred around shady gangster Aidan Maguire in 2018 (Credit: BBC)

Read more: EastEnders: Kandice Taylor will return to Albert Square

The full soap schedules for the end of December were unveiled on Tuesday (4 December) and we couldn't help notice that there's going to be a rare battle of the ratings on Tuesday 1 January.

EastEnders and Coronation Street will go head-to-head with hour-long episodes at 8pm.

While we all know you can catch up with any missed episodes later on in the evening, or the next day, it's never the same when everyone has already watched it before you!

A clash on New Year's Day AND Stuart Highway as Santa - where did it all go so wrong!? (Credit: BBC)

Read more: When will Jake Wood return to EastEnders after Max Branning break?

And it's all too easy to accidentally hear a spoiler without meaning to!

New Year's Day is historically known for being one of the most dramatic episodes of the year in Albert Square...

Remember Mick Carter getting shot earlier this year, or the shocking deaths of Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell the year before? A double death that many fans still haven't got over.

Ronnie and Roxy sunk to a watery grave in shocking scenes on NYD 2017 (Credit: BBC)

Corrie's storylines tend to be less dramatic, however. This year's New Year's Day episode focused heavily on Daniel Osbourne's plot to bring down Chesney Brown.

The year before, fans were in tears when Mary Brown decided not to leave Weatherfield for Africa when she had second thoughts about leaving the Street - and Norris Cole.

This year, EastEnders has already promised us an explosive reveal in the Slater household, while Hannah Spearritt returns as Kandice Taylor.

Liz and Jenny will both meet tragedy this New Year (Credit: ITV)

Corrie, meanwhile, sees Liz McDonald being targeted in a hit-and-run and Jenny Connor suffer a scary collapse.

So who will win the battle of the soaps?

Who will you choose?

Team Coronation Street or Team EastEnders - which are you? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think!