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Tuesday Championship preview: Relentless Burnley will take some stopping

There is a double header of Championship action to enjoy on Tuesday, with league leaders Burnley among the teams in action.

Vincent Kompany's Clarets will put their unbeaten home record on the line when they welcome Birmingham City to Turf Moor in the 20:00 kick-off, which will start quickly on the heels of Reading's clash with Swansea at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Kompany hopes Clarets can protect unbeaten home record

What: Burnley v Birmingham
Where: Turf Moor, Burnley
When: 20:00, Tuesday 27th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Football
Odds: Burnley 13/20, Draw 11/4, Birmingham 9/2

Burnley topped the Championship standings heading into the World Cup break and they have already picked up where they left off since returning to action, registering back-to-back wins over Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough.

The Clarets did suffer just their second defeat in 23 matches across all competitions during the week, as they were beaten 2-0 at Manchester United in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, although they certainly did not disgrace themselves at Old Trafford.

Manager Kompany will be hoping there is no hangover from that cup exit, as his side look to preserve their unbeaten home record this season when Birmingham head to Lancashire.

In 13 matches at Turf Moor this term, Burnley have registered nine wins and four draws, with each of their last five fixtures at the venue having ended in victory.

Another home win in the Full Time Result market can be backed at 13/20 and recent history does favour the Clarets in this fixture, as they are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the two sides, with Birmingham's last victory coming nearly a decade ago in January 2013.

Jay Rodriguez is Burnley's leading scorer this season, with all nine of his goals coming in the league and, after being an unused substitute against United during the week, he will hope to return to the starting XI and is available at 2/1 in the Anytime Scorer market.

Birmingham a tough nut to crack

Birmingham were being tipped by many as relegation candidates at the start of the season, but head coach John Eustace has made his side hard to beat, with the Blues sitting in mid-table and within touching distance of the playoff places.

Since a three-match losing run in August, Birmingham have lost just three of their last 16 Championship fixtures, while it is only two defeats in eight on the road for the team from the second city.

That resilient form will give the Blues plenty of belief as they head to the home of the league leaders, as will the return of leading scorer Scott Hogan following a hamstring injury.

Hogan has struck nine times in the league this season and is just one short of his tally for the whole of the last campaign. The 30-year-old is 15/4 to score Anytime against Burnley.

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Royals relying on home form

What: Reading v Swansea
Where: Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading
When: 17:15, Tuesday 27th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Football
Odds: Reading 19/10, Draw 23/10, Swansea 29/20

Like Birmingham, Reading were considered as relegation candidates at the start of the campaign, but a strong start to the season saw Paul Ince's side, at one stage, mixing it in the top six.

However, seven defeats in their last 11 league matches has seen the Royals slip out of the playoff places, although they remain within touching distance, sitting level on points with Tuesday's opponents Swansea.

Much of Reading's early-season success was built on a strong home record, as they have won seven of their 11 second-tier matches at the Select Car Leasing Stadium this term, including the 1-0 success they claimed over Coventry in their first match back after the World Cup break.

An eighth home victory of the season against Swansea could reignite Reading's promotion hopes and they are available at 19/10 in the Full Time Result market.

Swans have history on their side

Swansea have been one of the Championship's streakiest sides this season, as after a slow start to the campaign, a run of seven wins in nine over the autumn propelled them into the promotion picture.

However, a seven-match winless run has since followed and head coach Russell Martin will be desperate to get his side back to winning ways over the festive period.

History is certainly on Swansea's side when they head to the Select Car Leasing Stadium, as they have a more than impressive record against Reading, losing just one of the last 19 meetings, a run that includes their success in the 2011 Championship playoff final.

The Swans are 29/20 to register another win on Tuesday and goals could also be on the agenda, as 22 have been scored across the last four league meetings between the two sides. Over 3.5 goals in this one can be backed at 3/1.

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