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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

21 October 2016

After a midweek break for Sky Bet League Two, all three EFL divisions return to action.

A returning manager and a new one, the last unbeaten team and a magic milestone are among our five things to look out for this weekend.

Back where it began

The EFL weekend begins on Friday night, with Burton Albion taking on Birmingham City in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

One man sure to get a good reception at the Pirelli Stadium is Blues' boss Gary Rowett, who oversaw a successful two-year spell with the Brewers.

After two top-six finishes, Rowett departed for St Andrews, leaving Albion top of Sky Bet League Two, a position which they secured under the management of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The game is one of three live games this weekend. Nottingham Forest host Cardiff City on Saturday evening, and Bury versus Bolton Wanderers battle it out on Monday night in a Greater Manchester derby.

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Top versus bottom in Sky Bet League Two

There's no honeymoon period for Graham Westley at Newport County. After defeat at Yeovil Town last time out, next up is Sky Bet League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Where as Newport are winless in nine and have just one win this season, Derek Adams' Pilgrims haven't lost in 11 outings and hold a three-point lead at the summit.

Read more: Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 14 preview

The Exiles have just one win over Argyle in seven meetings, a 2-0 win on Boxing Day in 2014. Will Westley's home debut be a memorable one?

4000 up for Brentford

There will be a celebration at Griffin Park this weekend, when Brentford line up for their 4000th EFL fixture, against Barnsley.

The club are marking the milestone with a bumper matchday programme and a number of club legends – seven to be precise – in attendance.

Will the Bees be celebrating further with a 1,548th EFL success? Click below for the facts and figures from their 90 seasons in the EFL.

Read more: Bees set for EFL match number 4,000

Last men standing

Carlisle United are the only team still in possession of an unbeaten EFL record after Bradford City's defeat last weekend.

The Cumbrians are third in Sky Bet League Two and closed the gap on leaders Plymouth last time out. Next up are Stevenage, who Keith Curle's men defeated 1-0 on both occasions last term.

Rotherham United's new Jackett

Following six straight defeats, no wins in nine, and the club bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, Rotherham parted ways with manager Alan Stubbs earlier this week.

The club have moved on quickly, with Kenny Jackett appointed as the new Millers boss on Friday morning.

Read more: Sky Bet Championship - Matchday 14 preview

Jackett, who departed Wolves in the summer, takes charge of his first game this Saturday – a home clash against Reading, who have not returned victorious from this fixture since 2000.

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