With a hectic Boxing Day schedule from across England’s footballing tiers, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can boost your festive acca:
Thursday 26th December
BST 15:00 Hull City vs Nottingham Forest
Starting with the Boxing Day hosts, making a return to winning ways with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Birmingham at the KCOM over the weekend, the Tigers are still seen to be an outsider in the play-off race. Along with now winning their last three straight matches on home soil, a run that also saw them snatch a 4-0 victory over Preston last month, a huge part of Hull’s eye-catching end to the year has come thanks to the ongoing success of leading marksman, Jarrod Bowen. Finding the net against Charlton in the capital a fortnight ago, the 23-year-old has already bagged 15 Championship strikes this season and only sits behind Fulham marksman Aleksandar Mitrovic in the race for the Golden Boot. Given Nottingham Forest’s continued struggles entering Christmas, Bowen and co should be confident of extending their impressive records at the KCOM. Suffering a 2-1 defeat against relegation scrappers Huddersfield over the weekend, the Reds have been hit with back-to-back defeats, including a 4-0 hammering away at Sheffield Wednesday a fortnight ago. Now failing to win any of their last five Championship matchups, we’re backing another tricky afternoon for Thursday’s guests.
Tip: Jarrod Bowen to score anytime @ 11/10
15:00 Swindon vs Cambridge United
While Swindon would have been disappointed to have only snatched a point away at play-off contenders Forest Green last weekend, it has been quite the run of form for the League Two leaders. Holding a three-point buffer at the top of the table and seen to be a clear favorite for a third-tier return next year, the mood in Richie Wellens’ camp continues to soar and the Reds are in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run that stems back to the 19th of October. Undoubtedly, a huge part of Swindon’s title charge this season has come down to the scintillating form of leading marksman and League Two sensation, Eoin Doyle. Once again finding the net against Forest Green over the weekend, the 31-year-old has already bagged a stunning 21 goals across all competitions this season, including now registering at least a strike in his last 10 matches on the bounce. With Cambridge continuing to show some worrying inconstancies entering Christmas, Doyle should be relishing their trip to the Count Ground on Boxing Day. Shipping three against Leyton Orient over the weekend, Thursday’s guests have won just one of their last 10 matches across all competitions, a run that stems back to the 2nd of November.
Tip: Eoin Doyle to score anytime and Swindon to score over 1.5 goals @ 11/8
15:00 Yeovil vs Torquay
Although Yeovil might have been disappointed to have only played out a 2-2 draw against Fylde over the weekend, Darren Sarll’s men are enjoying a bright run heading into the New Year. Knowing that three points on Thursday could see them leapfrog Barrow to top spot, the Boxing Day hosts are unbeaten in their last seven appearances, a run that stems back to the 16th of November. With their sights firmly set on retaining their Football League status come next year, one man to keep an eye out for in midweek will be leading marksman, Rhys Evans. With no player in the National League recording more goals than the 29-year-old this season, the former Arsenal trainee has also bagged six goals in his last five appearances and should be relishing Torquay’s trip to Somerset on Boxing Day. Despite their bright start to the new campaign, former Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has seen his side freefall away from the play-off positions and are now in the midst of a six-match losing run in England’s fifth-tier. Also losing their last three straight matches on the road, we’re backing a home victory on Thursday afternoon.
Tip: Yeovil win @ 1/1
Our Boxing Day Accumulator:
Hull City vs Nottingham Forest – Jarrod Bowen to score anytime @ 11/10
Swindon vs Cambridge United – Eoin Doyle to score anytime and Swindon to score over 1.5 goals @ 11/8
Yeovil vs Torquay – Yeovil win @ 1/1
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