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EFL Matchday 8: Five things to look out for

16 September 2016

Six in a row, a set of streaks, net-bulging Barnsley, and Reuben Reid.

Another weekend of EFL action is upon us, and we've picked out five things for you to watch out for...

1. The Reuben Reid derby

Extra spice has been added to Saturday's Devon derby, with Exeter this week announcing the signing of former Plymouth front man Reuben Reid.

Reid scored 50 goals in his time at Argyle, including a hat-trick against the Grecians.

Now in the red and white, will he have a debut to remember against his former employers?

🎥 | "There are some very good players here who know how to get their forwards in good positions" - Reuben Reid

— Exeter City FC (@OfficialECFC) September 14, 2016

2. Streaks

Blackburn are the only side in the Sky Bet Championship still chasing their first EFL victory of 2016/17. They suffered a late defeat to Leeds United in the week, and host Rotherham this weekend.

Sky Bet League One's Rochdale and Coventry are also without a win, ahead of home games this weekend against Fleetwood Town and Oldham Athletic respectively.

In Sky Bet League Two, rock-bottom Cambridge still haven't picked up their first victory, and this Saturday host high-flying Morecambe.

On the flip side, four sides from the EFL go into this weekend still unbeaten.

Three come from Sky Bet League One, in Bolton, Bradford and Northampton, with the latter undefeated in 31 EFL outings.

The other unbeaten team is Sky Bet League Two's Carlisle United, who sit ninth in the standings and travel to Blackpool this weekend.

Watch a clip of our interview with @Tpmillz on our YouTube channel here:

— Carlisle United FC (@officialcufc) September 15, 2016

3. Six in a row

Newcastle United can make it six Sky Bet Championship wins in a row this weekend with victory over Wolves. Three points could move them above Huddersfield Town for the first time this term, with the current leaders facing QPR.

A win for Plymouth in the Devon derby will make it six wins in a row for them also, as they continue their bright start to the Sky Bet League Two season.

Yeovil, meanwhile, started the season strongly with four points from their first two games, but have since lost five on the bounce. Darren Way's men are at Leyon Orient on Saturday.

The Gaffer spoke to the press earlier today and had this message ahead of #YTFC's game against @leytonorientfc. ⬇️

— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) September 15, 2016

4. Barnsley are on fire

Barnsley are the EFL's top scorers with 18 goals this term after adding four more to their tally on Matchday 7 in midweek.

Paul Heckingbottom's men go up against Reading on Saturday, a side they scored three against when they last met, in March 2014.

Sky Bet League One's Scunthorpe United are hot on the heels of the Tykes with 17 goals. Josh Morris has been in fine form for the Iron, scoring six, and assisting three - form which clinched him August's Player of the Month.


It's now 18 goals in seven games for the #EFL top scorers @bfc_official!

— EFL (@EFL) September 13, 2016

5. Live

There's an EFL double-bill on Sky Sports this Saturday!

Cardiff City and Leeds United kick things off at 12.30pm, before the 3pm games are followed by Birmingham City versus Sheffield Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Don't miss it!

TV Games: Click here to see a list of scheduled EFL games to be shown live on Sky Sports

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