Barnet coach Ulrich Landvreugd admits the club are relishing the busy festive period

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It was singer Andy Williams who described Christmas as the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re a football fan, you probably agree.

The festive fixture list in England is unrivalled. For Barnet, they will play five matches in the space of 14 days.

So there are plenty of points up for grabs for the Bees in the Skrill Premier, starting with this Saturday’s trip Hyde.

Barnet assistant coach Ulrich Landvreugd is looking forward to the Christmas fixtures and enjoys the short time between matches. He said: “I knew about it before I came to England and I really enjoy it. In Holland we don’t play and everyone goes to Spain and Turkey for a training camp.

“Here we are enjoying playing football and it is more fun. The benefit is that a lot of families come to the stadium and it makes it something for the whole family. So I love it and the more the better.”

The Bees will be confident heading to Hyde who are currently bottom of the Skrill Premier. The Tigers have endured a miserable campaign. They are yet to win a game this season, have conceded 55 goals in 21 matches and have just three points on the board.

Barnet striker Jake Hyde could start the game. He returned for the Bees in their 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at the weekend after more than two months out with an ankle ligament injury.

It was a promising comeback from Hyde. He rattled the post in the dying moments against the Mariners, who progressed thanks to goals from Andy Cook and Dayle Southwell. Keanu Marsh-Brown was on target for the Bees.

Landvreugd was asked after the defeat if Hyde was ready to start. He replied: “We are judging it every day on the training pitch. Jon Nurse has done well and Hyde has been out for a long period.

“He came in and was excellent but we will have to see during the week how he does in training.”

Jack Saville should return for Barnet after he missed the defeat against Grimsby due to illness but Edgar Davids will not feature as he is suspended.

Dani Lopez is unlikely to travel as he continues to recover from a dislocated shoulder. However, Landvreugd believes the Spaniard is closing in on a return.

He said: “Dani Lopez is coming along fitness wise but we need him to train pain free. I think he is round 80 per cent at the moment.”

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