Their chance to recover comes at Fulham - a team sitting just five points above them. They will though, be without Adam Lallana who remains out following a knee injury sustained against Reading earlier this month.
The Royals meanwhile, must set aside the frustration of defeat at Manchester City. McDermott's men conceded a controversial 92nd minute goal - following a decision described by the manager as 'an absolute joke'. Reading now face an in-form Swansea at the Madejski.
With all but a handful of Football League matches postponed on Saturday - Boxing Day gives our sides their first chance to capitalise on the festive run. Bournemouth hope to continue their incredible form under Eddie Howe and a win at home to Yeovil could move them into a play off place. Swindon play Leyton Orient fresh from Friday night's five nil win against high-flying Tranmere - that moved them up into 5th.
Portsmouth, who will be deducted ten points if the club comes out of administration in the new year - host Crawley at Fratton Park. In League Two Gillingham can stretch their lead at the top. Already five points ahead, the Gills can fancy their chances against struggling Barnet at the Priestfield.