A staple of any football fan’s Christmas - Boxing Day games.

As essential to festive fun as turkey, mince pies and the man in the red and white suit, a cracker of a fixture is one to be anticipated and treasured, if only because the sight of any more Christmas food is beginning to set the teeth on edge.

For us, a tradition.

For David Wagner, something completely new and a little bit crazy - even if he is looking forward to the experience!

Preston North End are the visitors with both sides eager for points to climb up the table and away from danger. Here are five things to look out for....

Problems with promoted sides

Huddersfield Town V Bristol City. Emyr Huws's missed penalty shot.

There is always a slight unknown quality about how the newly-promoted sides will fare after making the jump up to the Championship - normally with a new set of player acquisitions in tow.

However, Town have struggled against the division’s newcomers in 2015. Of the last five matches played against the new boys across the second half of last season and the first half of this, the Terriers have won just once - the victory over MK Dons earlier this term.

Last February and March, Town played all three promoted sides in the space of a few weeks and lost each time - conceding ten goals in 270 minutes of football. Bristol City also left Yorkshire with the full complement of points just two weeks’ ago when Harry Bunn’s spectacular strike wasn’t enough to rescue a draw.

That has to change. Fast.

Former friends turned foes

Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton (left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal Textile Centre of Excellence Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony Huddersfield 27/11/15 (Pic by John Rushworth) .

Town have already been bitten once during the Wagner era by a former hero coming back to haunt them. Adam Clayton struck the early goal for Middlesbrough that allowed Aitor Karanka’s men to sit back almost from the word go and instead aim to hit the very impressive Terriers on the counter.

Typically, it was his first goal of the season as well.

It’s something Town will be desperate to avoid happening again - but there are a few they’ll have to keep their eye on. Jermaine Beckford is injured but Joe Garner and Tom Clarke will be returning to their old stomping ground and would no doubt dearly love a goal.

And then there is boss Simon Grayson on the touchline, aiming to mastermind a win against his old side. Keeping all three at bay would make for a happy Boxing Day.

Boxing Day hoodoo

Speaking of December 26, Huddersfield have a very poor recent record when it comes to the traditional post-Christmas Day round of fixtures.

They have won just one of the last ten Boxing Day games - against Chesterfield in 2011 - and the last three years have yielded a point apiece. Ouch.

Meanwhile, Preston are unbeaten in their last four, and grabbed 1-0 wins in both 2013 and 2014. Can Town make sure both recent runs come to an end this Saturday?

Playing for places

Sky Bet Championship - Brentford (4) v Huddersfield Town (2) - David Wagner.

Wagner has spoken a lot about the need for rotation - and in recent weeks we’ve seen the boss display his willingness to make changes between games and from the bench. He’s made at least one half time substitution for the last three games running.

Used to a German winter break, Wagner called the English tradition of two games in three days “crazy” at his pre-match press conference as he reflected on the challenges of going immediately to QPR on Monday afternoon.

There is no doubt we will see some changes in personnel across the 180 minutes of action - two games that may present the last opportunity for some to stake their claims for a place before the January transfer window opens. Every player will be aware there is a chance Wagner could bring in a new face, whether permanently or on loan, in their position.

Now would be a good time to show the manager, and fans, exactly why they feel that shouldn’t happen.

An encouraging pattern?

Boxing Day will be David Wagner’s seventh game in charge of Huddersfield Town - and since his first homecoming against Middlesbrough five games’ ago a pattern has started to develop.

The results from those games?


Surely means Town fans are due another W then, right? Let’s hope so...