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Nick Hext picks Crewe and Accrington as his top tips to win in the Sky Bet Football League on Boxing Day.
Crewe to beat Oldham, League 1
The hosts were beaten 7-0 on Saturday and lost two home games in a row prior to that thrashing, while the visitors are on a high after becoming only the fourth side to beat the league leaders this season. The away side have to be backed in this scenario and that's why I'm siding with hefty outsiders Crewe at Oldham. The Alex remain bottom of Sky Bet League 1 but Saturday's win over Bristol City was a notable scalp and an indicator of the quality they possess. Oldham are horribly out-of-form and you don't concede 11 goals without reply in two games without at least major issues in the short-term.
Accrington to beat York, League 2
York nearly won at a big price for followers of these tips when they travelled to Bury on Saturday. But the Minstermen are now back at home and you should know by now that means it's time to back the visitors. York are yet to win at Bootham Crescent this season and we've had plenty of joy opposing them in the last few months. Accrington won at Portsmouth in their last Sky Bet League 2 away game and have to be backed at a tasty 13/5.
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Reading to beat Brighton, Championship
Brighton have only won one of their last nine games at the Amex Stadium and can't be backed as strong favourites against Reading. The pressure has been building on Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia all season and his side's appalling home form has been a key reason for that. New Reading boss Steve Clarke started with a 1-0 defeat at home to Watford on Saturday but that result shouldn't worry Royals fans too much. Reading have underachieved this term but they've still managed to win on the road at Middlesbrough and Norwich.
Huddersfield to beat Rotherham, Championship
My second Boxing Day tip in the Championship is for another away win. Huddersfield are outsiders for victory in their Yorkshire derby at Rotherham but I like the look of the Terriers for the three points. Rotherham claimed a vital 2-1 win at Wigan last time out but it was an awful run of nine games without a victory prior to the DW Stadium success. The Millers have failed to win at home in over two months so there's value to be had in backing Huddersfield.
Peter Vincenti to score in Scunthorpe v Rochdale, League 1
Peter Vincenti is the man to back when Rochdale travel to Scunthorpe. The midfielder plays a key role for Dale and is a man shining with three goals in his last three appearances. Vincenti already has 10 goals to his name this season and can net again.
Luke Rooney to score in Wycombe v Luton, League 2
Sky Bet League 2's best match on Boxing Day is leaders Wycombe coming up against third-placed Luton. The man I want to back in this contest is Luton midfielder Luke Rooney. The 23-year-old has scored in both of the Hatters' last two games and can be supported at a nice price to strike again.
Preview posted at 1135GMT on 23/12/14.