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EFL Matchday 6: Five things to look out for

2 September 2016

First wins, unbeaten records, and debutants...

We've picked out five things for you to watch out for this weekend in the EFL.

1. Play-Off redemption

Bradford get a chance at revenge this weekend as they face Millwall, the side that ended their season last time around in the Play-Off semi-finals.

The two sides sit second and fifth respectively, and Bradford remain without a loss. A win for Millwall would be their third in a row, and would take them above the Bantams in Sky Bet League One.

FT: Millwall 1-1 CITY - Tonight's hosts go through to the play-off final against Barnsley a week on Sunday. #BCAFC

— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) May 20, 2016

2. First win of the season

Five teams can get their first wins of the season this weekend – Northampton Town,  Coventry City, Rochdale, and AFC Wimbledon in League One, and Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two.

The U's need to break their duck this weekend to avoid matching their worst start to a season for 15 years.

Coventry, Rochdale, and Wimbledon currently occupy the bottom three spots in Sky Bet League One. Victories for any of the three could take them as high as 15th in the table. 

SD: Mansfield are a strong side and we will have to match that on Saturday afternoon.

— Cambridge United FC (@CambridgeUtdFC) September 1, 2016

3. First time for everything
Morecambe and Hartlepool United can get their first ever wins over their respective opponents this weekend.

The Shrimps currently top Sky Bet League Two and they host Leyton Orient. The pair have only ever met twice, with both of last season's clashes ending 1-0 to the O's.

Pools – without a win in their last three – travel to Stevenage, who they haven't managed to get the better of in nine meetings since 2011.

4. Unbeaten records

Four EFL sides put their unbeaten records on the line this weekend.

Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City and Northampton Town are yet to taste defeat in Sky Bet League One, prior to weekend meetings with Southend United, Millwall and MK Dons respectively.
The Cobblers have drawn all five of their outings this term, but their undefeated league run stretches back to 19th December 2015, and sits at 29 games.
In Sky Bet League Two, it's Carlisle United who are undefeated. Keith Curle's men host Accrington Stanley on Saturday, following two wins and three draws from their opening five.

A win for Morecambe will make it four in a row this term, with their only taste of defeat coming on the opening day at Grimsby.

5. Deadline Day debutants

Most clubs across the divisions indulged in some Deadline Day action on Wednesday, meaning players will be out to make their mark at their new clubs this weekend.

Sammy Ameobi could follow in his elder brother’s footsteps by appearing on the scoresheet on his Bolton bow this weekend, as Shola marked his debut with a goal against Leeds United.

Elsewhere, Shrewsbury face Oldham, and striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is planning on making an immediate impact for the Shrews.

PRE MATCH: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake looks ahead to @OfficialOAFC and his loan move #salop >

— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) September 2, 2016
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