Obviously the weather could put pay to several of the matches on Boxing Day, but we attempt to take a closer look at the pick of the action, due to take place.

On paper the match of the day comes at Loftus Road as league leaders Queens Park Rangers take on fourth placed Swansea City, with both sides looking to bounce back from defeat.

Rangers have lost their last two matches, against Watford and Leeds United respectively, seeing their lead at the top cut to just three points.

Swansea were beaten 1-0 at Sheffield United on Saturday and before that they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Millwall, meaning they have been leapfrogged by Leeds, who now sit second.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock just wants his side to get back to basics, as he told www.qpr.co.uk: "We've just got to keep going and not get disappointed with the kicks that we get.

"Life's up and down, and we've just got to take the rough with the smooth.

"If you'd have told me at the start of the season that we'd be Christmas number one, then I'd have been delighted."

Third placed Cardiff City are also at home as they take on sixth placed Coventry City, with just three points now separating the two sides.

After winning all five matches in October the Bluebirds have won just once since, that coming away at Scunthorpe United, while they have lost to Swansea, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Middlesbrough and they were also held to a 1-1 at home by bottom side Preston North End.

Manager Dave Jones is calling on the fans to stay positive and get behind the players over Christmas: "I understand fans frustrations, especially when making long trips to Middlesbrough to a disappointing outcome," he told www.cardiffcity.co.uk.

"But we all need to keep driving on and to maximise on all of the positives around the place, of which there are many.

"As far as we're concerned we just want to get out there and play and to get back to winning ways, which we'll look to do this weekend against Coventry City on Boxing Day. At the moment we know very well that the results haven't gone well for us, but again, with the bigger picture of the entire season in mind we're where we all wanted to be."

At the other end of the table second bottom Scunthorpe United host bottom side Preston North End where a win for either side could be enough to see them move out of the bottom three.

The Iron have played just 20 games so far, with two matches postponed due to the weather, and this one is also in doubt.

Ian Baraclough's side have lost their last five matches, and last enjoyed victory at the beginning of November, when they beat Hull City.

Preston on the other hand have taken five points from their last three matches, following up draws with Millwall and Cardiff with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town in their last match.

They have also had little problem training in the bad weather with Manager Darren Ferguson able to call in some pretty good contacts.

The Lilywhites have been using Manchester United's Carrington Training Ground so if they do see any action over the next few days they will certainly be well prepared.

All games are obviously subject to the weather, please keep an eye on our Weather Watch feature for up to the minute news.

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