All the Championship sides will be on the search of the best possible start to 2014 in the full New Year’s Day fixture schedule.
Derby County v Wigan Athletic
Derby County are without a doubt the form team in the Championship, picking up 25 points out of a possible 27 a run which has seen them climb to second but they face a tricky test against a recently resurgent Wigan.
Steve McClaren’s Rams may be without Jeff Hendrick who is recovering from concussion but otherwise has a clean bill of health.
Visitors Wigan have also enjoyed a new lease of life under new management in the shape of Uwe Rosler and the Latics are unbeaten in four.
But the visitors will be without Shaun Maloney, Gary Caldwell and Juan Carlos Garcia through injury but Jean Beausajour returns from a one game ban.
Millwall v Leicester City
Leicester’s 5-3 thrashing of Bolton on Saturday sent them back to the top of the Championship and they’ll be confident of another three points at strugglers Millwall.
The Lions, who are yet to appoint a permanent replacement to Steve Lomas, have picked up just one point from their last four matches.
Neil Harris is currently acting as caretaker manager and has Danny Shittu back from suspension but Paul Robinson and Liam Trotter remain doubts after missing Sunday’s draw with Doncaster.
Following a slight blip at the start of the month, Leicester have picked up maximum points from their last three games but they will be without striker Jamie Vardy who misses out through suspension after picking up five yellow cards.
Yeovil Town v Watford
Championship strugglers Yeovil Town take on thirteenth place Watford in the day’s tea time kick-off.
Yeovil have had a dire festive period so far with three consecutive losses and may be without Ed Upson and Marek Stech who have both been struggling with injuries.
Giuseppe Sannino will be without Almen Abdi, Davide faraoni, Essaid Belkalem and Tommie Hoban from his Watford side but could have Fernando Forestieri and Daniel Pudil back from knee and hamstring injuries respectively.
Watford have returned to somewhat reasonable form in recent weeks, with draws against promotion chasers Ipswich and QPR and a 4-0 thrashing of Millwall and are priced at 21/20 with Bet Victor.
Yeovil won the last meeting between the two sides at the end of November with a superb 3-0 at Vicerage Road but they are priced at longer odds of 3/1 with William Hill.
The match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 5:30pm.
Other afternoon kick-offs include third placed Burnley’s home game against Huddersfield Town whilst the inform Ipswich Town host Charlton.
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