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Xisco Munoz faces a tough test in his first game in charge of Watford as he welcomes leaders Norwich City to Vicarage Road.

New Watford boss Xisco Munoz while in charge at Dinamo Tbilisi

Norwich City look like they will take some stopping this season to be denied a swift return to the Premier League.

The Canaries are back in action in the later game on Boxing Day and will fancy their chances of getting past Watford at Vicarage Road.

Norwich Can Add to Watford Woes

Another season and another managerial change at Watford, with head coach Vladimir Ivic being relieved of his duties after four months in the role.

Being four points off the automatic promotion places was clearly not good enough for the hierarchy at Vicarage Road and now Xisco Munoz gets his first crack at the unforgiving Championship.

It is likely for the Serbian tactician, who joins from Georgian top-flight side Dinamo Tbilisi, to take some time to get used to the rigours of the league and Norwich could well give him a rocky start.

Considering the Canaries are flying high at the top of the table and have won all of their last five games, Norwich are well priced at 37/20 for the win.

Bees to Sting Inconsistent Bluebirds

Cardiff City have been in mixed form as they welcome Brentford to the Welsh capital on Saturday.

The Bluebirds have suffered two 2-0 defeats at the hands of rivals Swansea and Norwich, with a win over Birmingham sandwiched in between.

As for Brentford, they will be on a high after knocking out Newcastle United in their last outing to reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Thomas Frank’s side continue to be one of the standout teams in the division, after narrowly missing out on promotion to rivals Fulham in the playoff final last season.

Unbeaten in their last 14 games in all competition, Brentford could well sweep up all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium, with the visitors 7/5 for the victory.

The Championship’s top goalscorer Ivan Toney also continues to impress at Brentford and the former Newcastle striker is 3/1 to score the opening games against Cardiff.

R’s No Match for Swans

Swansea should have little trouble in getting past Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

The Swans are sat in third place in the table, with just two points between themselves and second-placed Bournemouth going into the weekend’s games.

A 2-0 win over Barnsley was the perfect response for Steve Cooper’s side after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Derby County.

Down in 14th, QPR are without a win in their last seven games in the Championship and are now just four points above the relegation zone.

Swansea are 7/5 to add to their woes and secure the three points, which will take them up into the automatic promotion places, ahead of Bournemouth’s next game against Brentford on December 30.

*All odds correct at time of writing.

Alex has worked as a sports journalist for a decade and is a regular content provider and tipster on the likes of football, both codes of rugby and NFL.

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