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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

9 December 2016

The EFL weekend is here and with it a full schedule of fixtures, as Sky Sports #10in10 also gets under way.

We've picked out five of the key things you'll need to keep and eye on...

1. #10in10

Ten days, 10 EFL matches live on Sky Sports. The winter marathon of live football has returned!
It kicks off on Friday evening with Brighton & Hove Albion hosting Leeds United, and continues on Saturday evening with Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers facing off in the Lancashire Derby. Then, on Sunday, it's onto the East Midlands for Derby County against Nottingham Forest. The attention then turns to Sky Bet League One on Monday night, with Gillingham travelling to Bolton Wanderers to round off the long weekend.

Read more: #10in10 - All the details

2. Top six showdown in the Sky Bet Championship

The weekend's Sky Bet Championship action sees the sides currently occupying the top six places all face off against each other.

As mentioned, Brighton play Leeds on Friday night before Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United host fifth-placed Birmingham City, in a game where the Magpies may have to win to regain top spot. Sheffield Wednesday and Reading complete the trio of matches, as third takes on sixth.

TABLE: @NUFC stay top after @OfficialBHAFC fail to win. ⚫️⚪️@LUFC up to fourth with their victory over @AVFCOfficial.

— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) December 3, 2016
3. New man in the dugout

Robbie Neilson takes charge of his first Sky Bet League One game as Milton Keynes Dons boss this weekend.

His side face AFC Wimbleon at stadiummk in a slightly earler kick-off time of 1pm. The Paisley-born manager guided Hearts to promotion from the Scottish Championship, and his first aim will be to move Dons away from the lower end of the division.

They currently sit in 19th spot and have won just one of their previous nine fixtures, so the Scot certainly has a task on his hands to turn fortunes around.

4. Room to move

The Sky Bet League Two table is tighter than ever, and it could change dramatically by the time Matchday 20 is out.

While the top three are seven points clear of the rest, the remainder of the division remains hotly contested, and just three points separate Yeovil Town in sixth and Mansfield Town in 14th.

It's tight at the bottom, too. Chelthenham Town currently occupy 23rd place, but are just a win away from opponents Exeter - who sit 21st - which could mean the Robins go as high as 20th.

TABLE: @StevenageFC are into the top half of @SkyBetLeagueTwo and just a point adrift of the Play-Offs, following victory at @NewportCounty.

— EFL (@EFL) December 6, 2016
5. No manager, no problem?

Two EFL sides go into this weekend without a permanent manager at the helm. In the Sky Bet Championship, Rotherham United are still looking for a successor to Kenny Jackett after he spent just 39 days with the club. The Millers face Ian Holloway's Queens Park Rangers in search of their second win of the season.
After Martin Allen left for pastures new, Barnet were also left without a manager. The Sky Bet League Two club are currently sitting in a strong position - just a point off of a Play-Off spot - but the Bees face their first test without Allen on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Yeovil Town to The Hive.

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