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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

25 November 2016

The EFL weekend is upon us once more, with a full complement of fixtures across three divisions.

Plenty of intriguing storylines will be played out along the way, and we've picked out five to keep an eye on...

1. Seven up

Morecambe host Plymouth Argyle this weekend, when they will be hoping to bring an end to a run of seven straight defeats at the Globe Arena.

Standing in their way, however, are the Pilgrims, who arrive in Lancashire on the back of seven consecutive away wins – a new club record.

Those triumphs came during a 14-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two, but back-to-back home losses may well give the struggling Shrimps cause for optimism.

Morecambe home form

v Leyton Orient 1-2
v Doncaster Rovers 1-5
v Crawley Town 2-3
v Carlisle United 0-3
v Stevenage 0-2
v Exeter City 0-3
v Luton Town 0-2

Plymouth away form

v Notts County 2-1
v Blackpool 1-0
v Exeter City 2-0
v Leyton Orient 2-0
v Stevenage 2-1
v Newport County 3-1
v Crewe Alexandra 2-1

2. Karl Robinson's Charlton Athletic bow

Just a month on from parting company with Milton Keynes Dons, Karl Robinson returns to Sky Bet League One as a manager this weekend.

45.8 - Karl Robinson has a win percentage of 45.8% in League One (114 wins in 249 games, inc. play offs). Appointed.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 24 November 2016

Charlton Athletic moved for his services earlier this week after his six-year tenure at stadiummk came to an end, and the man who earned promotion with the Dons in 2014/15 is relishing the opportunity.

“I am honoured to have been appointed manager of Charlton and can’t wait to get started,” Robinson, who will watch from the stands when his new side takes on Sheffield United on Saturday, told the club's official website.
“Joining such a huge club with a large, passionate fanbase is a really exciting proposition.”

Read more: Charlton Athletic appoint Karl Robinson

3. Hot streaks in the EFL

Speaking of Sheffield United, the Blades are the EFL's in-form team, currently riding a 13-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One.

One other club are on a double-figure streak, and that's Brighton & Hove Albion, who are 11 without loss. Like Chris Wilder's side, they sit second in their division.

The teams they trail are both on winning runs – Scunthorpe United with five on the bounce and Sky Bet Championship leaders Newcastle United with eight victories in a row.

4. Honeymoon periods

Steve Evans got off to the perfect start as Mansfield Town manager, winning two games in four days at Field Mill. Now he faces his first away test, with a trip to Carlisle United.

Ian Holloway won on his Loftus Road return last weekend, while Steve Bruce (Aston Villa – six games), Marcus Bignot (Grimsby Town – three games) and Paul Lambert (Wolverhampton Wanderers – one game) are also unbeaten in their new roles.

Meanwhile, at Leyton Orient, Andy Edwards has taken the reins until the end of the campaign following Alberto Cavasin's departure, and he takes the lowly O's to Doncaster Rovers to start his tenure.

5. Monday night football

The EFL weekend has an extension...

Sky Sports are screening three Sky Bet Championship fixtures in this round of matches, all being broadcast live from Yorkshire.

Barnsley versus Nottingham Forest kicks things off on Friday night, before a derby date between Leeds United and Rotherham United on Saturday evening.

And then we have more on Monday, when Huddersfield Town host Wigan Athletic under the lights.

Bring it on!

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