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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

7 April 2017

Returning managers, unbeaten runs, televised fixtures and more potential movements in the EFL.

They're just a few of the stories to look out for this weekend. Here, we've picked out five...

Rowett's return

Back in December, while firmly in Play-Off contention, Birmingham City parted ways with manager Gary Rowett.

This weekend sees Rowett return to St Andrew's for the first time, with his new club Derby County, and he's made a fine start to his managerial career with the Rams.

A 2-2 draw with rivals Nottingham Forest has been followed up by two wins since returning from the international break – the same amount of victories the Blues have managed since Rowett's departure.

Lucky 13?

February 11th was the last time Accrington Stanley suffered defeat, winning seven and drawing five of the 12 games since.

An unbeaten March resulted in a pair of awards, for manager John Coleman and in-form forward Shay McCartan, and they are at home to Crewe Alexandra this weekend, as they bid to make it 13 unbeaten.

Awards: Click here to see March's monthly award winners

Speaking of which...

The perfect place for promotion?

Sheffield United are another side to go 12 games without defeat, and if they make it 13 with a victory this weekend, then a place in the Sky Bet Championship will be secured.

If this Saturday is the day, then could there be a more fitting place for manager Chris Wilder to seal promotion?

Northampton Town were runaway Sky Bet League Two champions under Wilder last term, and he returns with the Blades this weekend. Will Sixfields see more success for the 49-year-old?

Ups and downs

Two up, two down – the possible movements in the EFL this weekend.

Three points for South Yorkshire duo Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers would see the pair promoted out of their respective divisions, although other results could see them up, too.

While the Blades may be heading up from Sky Bet League One, two clubs could possibly go in the other direction this weekend. Coventry City and Chesterfield are the pair at risk of dropping into Sky Bet League Two this weekend.

EFL State of Play: Click here for the matchday permutations

Title tussle televised

Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United continue to go toe-to-toe for the Sky Bet Championship crown, and the Seagulls can move top once again this weekend.

Chris Hughton's side are first up on Sky Sports, when they visit Queens Park Rangers under the Loftus Road lights on Friday night.

TV Games: Click here to see the list of scheduled televised EFL fixtures

Newcastle United are also on the road, heading to Hillsborough on Saturday evening. Who will be top following the latest matchday? Tune in to find out!

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