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Boxing Day Bonanza: Sky Bet Championship preview

24 December 2018

Another dramatic day in the Sky Bet Championship is in store on Boxing Day with a full set of fixtures set to take place

Can Canaries pile on Christmas misery for Forest? 

After scoring a crucial goal late on against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to take all three points, Norwich City will be confident of keeping their unbeaten run of 11 games going when they face Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road. 

Forest have not won in their last four games and their record at Norwich isn’t too good either, with just the one win in their last 11 visits to Norfolk. 


Can Hull win three in a row at Preston? 

Nigel Adkins has given the Tigers a real chance of survival this season and they came from behind to win against Swansea City on Saturday evening which meant back to back wins for Hull and they’ll be looking to win three on the spin for the first time this year at Preston North End. 

Remarkably, this will be the first Boxing Day meeting between Preston and Hull for 90 years. In the 1928 meeting, Preston won 1-0. PNE are probably the favourites for this one as well, and have only lost twice in their last 16 matches at Deepdale. 


Promotion hopefuls battle it out as Rams travel to face Blades

Derby County failed to win at home for the second game in succession on Saturday, despite rescuing a point against Bristol City. But they face what is a real test of their promotion credentials against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day. 

The Rams though have scored on their last seven trips to face the Blades, who have lost the last two at home. A win for the home side here though and they will move above Frank Lampard’s side in the standings. 


Albion to keep form going?

West Bromwich Albion are unbeaten in their last seven games and have won five of them. Having picked up six points on their travels in their last two outings, they will be confident of beating struggling Wigan Athletic at home and putting more pressure on the top two.  

But Albion’s record isn’t particularly easy on the eye for Darren Moore, Albion having only won one of the last seven against the Latics. However, this season, they have scored at least once in all 19 of their home matches at the Hawthorns. 


Villa to break Swansea hoodoo?

Aston Villa’s last win in Swansea came 47 years ago! And since 1990, Villa have played on Boxing Day on 25 occasions, but they have won just five of those games: in 1991, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2016. 

They will be confident of going to the Liberty Stadium tomorrow and collecting maximum points though, after their recent away form which sees them unbeaten in the last three games. 


Around the grounds

Leeds United entertain Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road as they look to continue their title push against a Blackburn side who beat them earlier this season at Ewood Park. But Leeds are the big favourites for this one and have only lost one of their last 15 at home. 

Sheffield Wednesday haven’t lost on Boxing Day since 2011 and have won on each of the last four years they've played the day after Christmas, but they face a tough game at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough, who have only lost one of their last 13 in this fixture. 

The last time that QPR beat Ipswich Town both home and away was four seasons ago, a campaign that ended with the R’s winning promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs. Ipswich are unbeaten in their last two matches but QPR will be feeling confident following their impressive win at Nottingham Forest last time out. 

Brentford got their first win in ten against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and will be confident of securing back to back wins at Bristol City, having won there on their last three occasions. 

Elsewhere, Birmingham City were run away 3-0 winners at Wigan Athletic on Saturday and having only lost once on their home turf this season, they will be confident of taking three points against Stoke City. But the Potters are in good form themselves and will provide a stern test. 

At the bottom, Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham Unitred are both in need of crucial points when they face each other at the University of Bolton Stadium. Milwall play Reading in thhe other game of the day at the Den.  

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