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Sunderland v BlackburnBoxing Day 12.30pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
If history has shown us anything, it should be one hell of a turnout at the Stadium of Light for this midday clash on Boxing Day. It’s also a big game as Tony Mowbray takes on his former club.
He’ll know all about them, and it should be an entertaining game in front of a full house. Blackburn were excellent in the way they handled the game at Norwich, and they will be happy to give up plenty of possession here, absorb the pressure and hit Sunderland on the counter. This should suit them just fine.
Prediction: 1-2 (Sky Bet Odds)
Bristol City v West BromBoxing Day 3pm – Live on Sky Sports Football Red Button
It’s difficult for Bristol City. In truth, it’s been a tough season, with the way they took the lead against Stoke before falling to defeat summing them up perfectly.
West Brom’s run ended midweek at Coventry, but it shows just how tough this league can be. There should be goals here, but I’ll be looking for a draw.
Prediction: 2-2 (Sky Bet Odds)
Cardiff v QPRBoxing Day 5.15pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
In truth, Blackpool at home was the type of game Cardiff needed to win if they were to get out of trouble this season. Taking the lead in a game like this and not taking the three points will concern Mark Hudson.
Good to see Neil Critchley back in the Championship. QPR got off to a good start under his tenure last week and they are nestled in a fine position. I will support them to make two out of two.
Prediction: 0-1 (Sky Bet Odds)
Luton v NorwichBoxing Day 7.45pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
Luton have had a few weeks off after their game against Millwall was called off, giving Rob Edwards the chance to work on the training ground with his new side. It could have been a blessing because you don’t get a lot of breaks in this league once things started.
The natives aren’t happy in Norwich, and it might come as a bit of a relief to Dean Smith that this game is away from home on Boxing Day. Although this is by no means a good sign. Zero score here.
Prediction: 1-1 (Sky Bet Odds)
Reading against SwanseaTuesday 5.15pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
The reading wasn’t too bad in Birmingham, but individual mistakes cost them dearly in the first half there and Paul Ince will want to sort them out quickly and make sure the mistakes aren’t repeated.
Swansea have enjoyed a remarkable comeback to claim a point from Coventry, and sometimes those draws can feel like wins. But Russell Martin’s standards are high and he still wasn’t entirely satisfied. He might not be too happy for this one either, as I think it will be a draw with goals.
Prediction: 2-2 (Sky Bet Odds)
Burnley v BirminghamTuesday 8pm – Live on Sky Sports Football
Burnley were again excellent against Middlesbrough. This time they had to find their way from behind against a confident side but managed to do so to tighten their grip at the top of the table.
Birmingham were clinical against Reading, but won’t be given as many freebies at Turf Moor. I’m going to be optimistic here and say there will be a lot of goals! But the home team will win.
Prediction: 3-2 (Sky Bet Odds)
Other predictions (All Boxing Day 3 p.m. kick-off unless otherwise stated)
Watford v Millwall (Boxing Day 12pm): 1-1
Hull v Blackpool: 1-0
Middlesbrough v Wigan: 2-0
Preston v Huddersfield: 2-0
Rotherham v Stoke: 0-1
Sheffield United v Coventry: 2-1