Loanees set for Boxing Day action

by Ashley Houghton

Festive loan preview.

Danny Graham’s Hull City host Manchester United in Boxing Day’s early kick-off with the Tigers looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Graham’s side could move into the top-half with a win over the Red Devils who could leapfrog Newcastle into sixth place should they win at the KC Stadium.

Elsewhere, David Vaughan’s Nottingham Forest host QPR on Thursday evening in a meeting of two of the Championship’s strongest sides.

The Reds could move into the playoff places with a win whilst the Hoops would go top if they better Burnley’s result at Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, Connor Wickham will hope to return from injury in time to feature for Sheffield Wednesday as the Owls travel to Blackburn Rovers.

The England youth international has bagged five goals in seven games since moving to Hillsborough, though he missed Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth through a hamstring injury.

In League Two, Billy Knott’s Wycombe Wanderers host Newport County at Adams Park hoping to build on their 4-1 away success at Northampton last weekend – their first win in eight matches.

A win for Gareth Ainsworth’s side could see them move as high as 10th in the fourth tier whilst County could move into the automatic promotion places if they come away with all three points.

In Non-League, Liam Marrs’ Boston United will look to return to the Skrill North playoff places when they host Histon at York Street.

Elsewhere, Joel Dixon’s Workington host bottom side Barrow knowing the need a win to stay in touch with their relegation rivals.