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Boxing Day tips: Predictions, odds & kick-off times

There's a feast of sport to sink our teeth into on Boxing Day, including a jam-packed day of football across England.

Even though there are only five games from the Premier League on the schedule, there is a full set of fixtures from the Championship, League One and League Two.

Newcastle will look to unsettle new Nottingham Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the Premier League's lunchtime kick-off, while Leeds will fancy their chances at the same time in the Championship when they travel to Preston North End.

In League One, a lively game is expected between Bristol Rovers and league leaders Portsmouth, while in the fourth tier, it could be an end-to-end battle between Barrow and Stockport.

Boxing Day accumulator

Newcastle to beat Nottingham Forest @ 4/9  
Leeds to beat Preston @ 8/13 
Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth - BTTS @ 4/5  
Barrow v Stockport - Over 2.5 goals @ 43/40 

Accumulator pays 7/1

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest information

  • Where is Newcastle v Nottingham Forest? St James' Park, Newcastle
  • When is Newcastle v Nottingham Forest? 12:30, Tuesday 26th December
  • Where can I watch Newcastle v Nottingham Forest? Amazon Prime Video
  • What are the odds for Newcastle v Nottingham Forest? Newcastle 4/9, Draw 7/2, Nottingham Forest 7/1

Newcastle v Nottingham Forest prediction

Newcastle to win @ 4/9

Nottingham Forest will make the trip to the north east on Boxing Day for a difficult clash against Newcastle at St James' Park.

Newcastle's injury situation is still a big concern, but their home form suggests they should still have too much class for Santo and his new team.

Eddie Howe's side have won four in five at home, keeping a clean sheet in three of those encounters, while Forest's last win on the road came in September.

Preston v Leeds information

  • Where is Preston v Leeds? Deepdale, Preston
  • When is Preston v Leeds? 12:30, Tuesday 26th December
  • Where can I watch Preston v Leeds? Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Football
  • What are the odds for Preston v Leeds? Preston 17/4, Draw 3/1, Leeds 8/13

Preston v Leeds prediction

Leeds to win @ 8/13

Leeds will hope to use the hectic festive period to their advantage ahead of their trip to Deepdale to take on Preston.

The Whites are lagging behind the top two after a couple of bad results, but things can change quickly at this time of the year.

Leeds have been beaten just once in their last four games on the road in the second tier, and they face a Preston team that have started to struggle in front of their own fans.

Ryan Lowe's team have lost three on the spin at Deepdale, and Leeds' squad should be able to handle the short turnaround and secure the three points.

Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth information

  • Where is Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth? Memorial Stadium, Bristol
  • When is Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth? 15:00, Tuesday 26th December
  • What are the odds for Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth? Bristol Rovers 11/5, Draw 12/5, Portsmouth 6/5

Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth prediction

Both teams to score @ 4/5

League One leaders Portsmouth have started to run away with things in the third tier, and it is up to Bristol Rovers to try to slow their progress on Boxing Day.

The Pirates are still within reach of the play-off spots, but they will need to find some consistency in the new year.

However, at home, they have been incredibly strong, last losing in September, a run of seven matches.

They have scored in every home game they have played this season, but Pompey, as league leaders, are still expected to find the back of the net.

Portsmouth have scored 10 goals in their last four games on the road, so this should be an entertaining affair on Boxing Day.

Barrow v Stockport information

  • Where is Barrow v Stockport? SO Legal Stadium, Barrow-in-Furness
  • When is Barrow v Stockport? 15:00, Tuesday 26th December
  • What are the odds for Barrow v Stockport? Barrow 2/1, Draw 12/5, Stockport 13/10

Barrow v Stockport prediction

Over 2.5 goals @ 43/40

The two in-form teams in League Two will meet on Boxing Day as Barrow take on Stockport.

Barrow have trailed Stockport for the majority of the campaign, but they do have a game in hand over their rivals, so a win here could be crucial to their title hopes.

However, this looks too close to call in the match-winner market, although goals are all but guaranteed in Tuesday's encounter.

Barrow are unbeaten at home in the league so far this season, but no team has scored more than leaders Stockport in League Two,

The Hatters also perhaps demonstrated their league focus by hammering Sutton 8-0 earlier this month, despite their recent cup disappointments.

Dave Challinor's men have started to struggle on the road of late, with no wins in four, but they have still scored 21 goals in their 10 away games and over 2.5 goals looks the way to go for this matchup.

Boxing Day accumulator

Newcastle to beat Nottingham Forest @ 4/9 
Leeds to beat Preston @ 8/13 
Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth - BTTS @ 4/5 
Barrow v Stockport - Over 2.5 goals @ 43/40 

Accumulator pays 7/1

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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