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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

14 October 2016

The international break is over, and once again we have a full EFL schedule to look forward to.

Familiar faces, unbeaten runs, derby days...

Here are five things to look out for in Matchday 12 of the Sky Bet Championship, and Matchday 13 in Sky Bet Leagues One and Sky Bet League Two.

Guess who's back, back again...

Four familiar faces return to the EFL this weekend, aiming to propel their new clubs up the table in their respective divisions.

In Sky Bet League Two, Graham Westley makes his Newport County bow, taking the EFL's bottom club to Yeovil Town.

Read more: EFL – four familiar faces are back in the dugout -

Steve McClaren is back for a second spell at Derby County – they host Leeds United – while Neil Warnock and Steve Bruce return to the Sky Bet Championship following last season's successes.

Warnock kept Rotherham United up, and is now the Cardiff boss, whereas Bruce takes the reins at Aston Villa following last term's Play-Off win with Hull City. Who are they up against? Read on...

TV Games

Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are the answers to the previous question, and they are among the TV selections for this weekend.

Warnock's Bluebirds host the Robins in the Severnside derby, with the Sky Sports cameras at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night.

Then, on Saturday evening, a Midlands derby between EFL founder members Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be broadcast live from Villa Park.

Read more: Sky Bet Championship - Matchday 12 preview

The local rivalries extend to Sunday, when Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday do battle for Yorkshire bragging rights – that one kicks off at 12 noon and brings the curtain down on the EFL weekend.

Unlucky 13?

Bradford City and Carlisle United still remain unbeaten in the EFL this season, a run which now stretches to 12 games. Where will it end?

Both were comfortable winners last time out, and this week Bradford go to Oxford United, while Carlisle host Hartlepool United.

Oxford lost their unbeaten home record against AFC Wimbledon last Sunday, and Hartlepool haven't defeated the Cumbrians since January 2012 – losing five of the six meetings since.

High five

Rochdale are flying.

Last week's 3-0 win over Southend United was their fifth successive victory in Sky Bet League One and marked boss Keith Hill's 500th game in football management.

Read more: Sky Bet League One - Matchday 13 preview

Dale are up to seventh and host Bury in the M66 derby this weekend. Consecutive win number six would take them above their local rivals, who currently lie third in the table.

Elsewhere, two clubs are faced with the opposite run of form. Millwall have gone in the other direction by losing their last four, a feat matched by Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Dockyard Derby

Yes, another EFL derby this weekend – and this one comes down south where Plymouth Argyle host Portsmouth.

Read more: Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 13 preview

There have been 60 meetings to date, with Portsmouth edging the head-to-head 26-24, along with 10 draws. But it was the Pilgrims who won last time out, securing a late victory in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi-Final.

Promotion wasn't to be, but both sides are going well again ahead of their Matchday 13 meeting. Derek Adams has guided the Green Army to a five-point lead at the summit, while Pompey are in the chasing pack, currently fourth.

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