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Championship Boxing Day Preview

It's the busy festive period and 22 teams are in Championship action on Boxing Day.

Last Updated: 01/01/13 at 13:39

Malky Mackay: Hoping to maintain Cardiff's promotion push on Boxing Day

Malky Mackay: Hoping to maintain Cardiff's promotion push on Boxing Day

Cardiff aim to cement place at top; In-form Leeds travel to Forest

It's the busy festive period and 22 teams are in action in the Championship on Boxing Day.

Leaders Cardiff play host to third-placed Crystal Palace aiming to maintain their push for promotion with another three-point haul.

Hull City will be looking to keep pace with Cardiff when they welcome fellow promotion hopefuls Leicester City to the KC Stadium, as Nigel Pearson comes up against one of his former clubs.

In the early kick-off Leeds travel to Nottingham Forest hoping to build on their good run of form with both sides on the fringes of the play-off places.

Barnsley welcome Birmingham to Oakwell seeking to build on their win over Millwall at the weekend.

Basement boys Peterborough travel to Wolves looking to secure their third win on the trot as they aim to climb off the bottom of the table.

Bristol City entertain in-form Watford at Ashton Gate hoping to climb out of trouble at the wrong end of the table.

Ipswich travel to Charlton with Mick McCarthy's side looking to continue their improved form against their fellow strugglers.

Bolton will be hoping to end Sheffield Wednesday's recent resurgence when they welcome Dave Jones' side to the Reebok Stadium.

Blackburn boss Henning Berg takes his side to Middlesbrough seeking to end a poor run of form and ease the pressure growing on him.

Huddersfield welcome Blackpool to the John Smith's Stadium as both sides look to close the gap on the leading pack.

Derby will be aiming to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Hull as they make the trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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