Last season’s post about Boxing Day suggested that Leyton Orient would go up, but for only the third time in the last ten seasons the leaders on December 26th failed to go up at the end of the season. It remains to be seen if being on top at Christmas 2014 is a blessing or a curse
Last weekend’s results seem to emphasise the concept of the top six forming two groups: a late goal from Luke Ayling gave Bristol City all three points against Crawley and the only team that can overtake City tomorrow are Swindon, who won convincingly at Notts County. However, there’s now a six point gap between Preston and Sheffield United: the Lillywhites had to come from behind once again to draw with MK Dons and the Blades blew an early lead at Fleetwood.
At the top, anything could happen before New Year’s Eve. Bristol City have two games against strugglers (starting with a trip to Crewe tomorrow) but none of the current top six will be playing each other over the festive season. MK Dons visit Notts County on Boxing Day in a game that could be a top six clash, but that depends entirely on what happens tomorrow.
This Christmas, it looks as if the fun and games will be at the bottom of the table. There’s only a six point gap between Crewe and Gillingham and with Crawley, Yeovil, Leyton Orient, Colchester and Crewe having at least two games over the next eight days against teams challenging for promotion or trying to escape relegation it wouldn’t surprise me if there are big changes amongst the strugglers. The Glovers have arguably the toughest schedule: they have to face Colchester, Bristol City and Leyton Orient before playing Manchester United in the FA Cup at the start of January.
Unfortunately none of the games over the festive period will be televised, so unless you’re actually going to a match your best bet to catch the highlights will either be the Football League show (varying times, but iPlayer is the most reliable option) or FL72/Goals On Sunday on Sky. I should be able to post some sort of update at some point, but the next scheduled post will be a preview of the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. The dates of the FA Cup games have been finalised. The majority of games are on Saturday January 3rd apart from the 2nd Round replay between MK Dons and Chesterfield and Cardiff v Colchester (BBC Wales, 7:45pm); the Sunday games are QPR v Sheffield United and Yeovil v Manchester United (BT Sport 1, 3:30pm).
So all that’s left for me to do is to wish you a Happy Christmas from Buzzin’ Media.