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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

11 November 2016

Another weekend of EFL action is upon us with Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two taking centre stage.

As usual there are plenty of things to look out for in the latest round of games – we've picked out five...

EFL Remembers

This weekend, EFL clubs will unite to pay tribute to fallen servicemen, women and former players as part of Remembrance Sunday commemorations and the First World War Centenary.

There will be a period of silence and an EFL wreath laid on the pitch prior to kick-off to remember and honour all of those that have fallen in battle.

Read more: EFL Remembers

Also, as part of the commemorations, we have linked up with the Royal British Legion’s ‘Sport Remembers the Somme’ campaign to share just some of the stories of footballers from league clubs who fought in the First World War.

Search #FootballRemembers on Twitter and keep an eye out for the stories on daily up until 20th November.

TV Games treble

Not one, not two, but three Sky Bet League One games will be televised this weekend.

Swindon Town versus Charlton Athletic will go head-to-head for the first time since the 2010/11 season, with Sky Sports screening the game at 12 noon on Saturday.

The following day, Peterborough host Bolton in a 12:15pm kick-off, which will immediately be followed by Chesterfield versus Sheffield United to bring the EFL weekend to a close.

TV Games: Click here to see upcoming EFL games live on Sky Sports

Monthly Award winners

The October Manager and Player of the Month Awards have been announced, and Sky Bet League One's winning boss will hope to avoid what happened to Bury when David Flitcroft took the September honour.

The Shakers followed an unblemished month with six defeats to send them sliding down the table. This month's winners, Phil Parkinson of Bolton and in-form Zach Clough, will do their utmost to keep the Trotters towards the top, beginning with the aforementioned trip to London Road.

Phil Parkinson - Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month
Zach Clough - Sky Bet League One Player of the Month

There was another double award in Sky Bet League Two, with Keith Curle and Jason Kennedy landing the honours.

Keith Curle - Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month
Jason Kennedy - Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month

Five wins for Curle, five goals for Kennedy. And that leads us on nicely to...

Unbeaten runs

Carlisle United remain unbeaten in the EFL this term, with 15 games played so far. They travel to the side propping up the Sky Bet League Two this weekend, Newport County, but the Exiles have won all four meetings between the clubs.

The Cumbrians still trail table-toppers Plymouth Argyle, who are 13 unbeaten, while Sheffield United are 11 games without defeat in Sky Bet League One.

It's quite the opposite for Shrewsbury Town, however. The Shrews are winless in 10 EFL matches, but Paul Hurst has overseen successive 3-0 wins in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.

Bignot's bow

With Paul Hurst departing Grimsby Town to take the reins at Shrewsbury Town, the Mariners needed a new boss. And now they've got one.

Marcus Bignot arrived at Blundell Park earlier in this week, leaving his managerial role at Solihull Moors. He led the non-league club to the National League North title and to the National League for the first time in their history, with his final game a 2-2 draw against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.

The former EFL player, who represented QPR and Crewe Alexandra amongst others, will now be facing Sky Bet League Two sides on a much more regular basis, beginning with the visit of Barnet this Saturday.

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