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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

13 April 2017

There's plenty to look out for in a bumper weekend of EFL action, including the potential to see the first title winners of 2016/17.

Here are five things to keep an eye on...

Six Sky Sports showings

A footballing feast will be served up over the Easter weekend, with Sky Sports screening six EFL fixtures live.

The cameras are at Fratton Park first to see two teams closing on promotion, Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle, meet in Sky Bet League Two.

Then it's off to the Sky Bet Championship where the title race continues. Brighton & Hove Albion are up first, at Wolverhampton Wanderers, before Newcastle United host Leeds United at 7:45pm.

TV Games: Click here for the upcoming EFL fixtures on Sky Sports

There's Sky Bet League One action to kick things off on Monday, with Sheffield United hosting Bradford City, and there could be celebrations at Bramall Lane depending on weekend results.

Play-Off chasing Fulham then host Aston Villa, at 2:45pm, before Derby County and Huddersfield Town complete the bumper schedule.

Title celebrations?

As mentioned, it could be a party atmosphere at Bramall Lane on Monday, should everything go according to plan for Sheffield United.

The Sky Bet League One title could be secured as early as Saturday, with the Blades needing to get something at Port Vale first on Good Friday.

Then the focus turns to Bolton Wanderers, who currently trail the leaders by nine points. If they fail to match the result when they face Oldham Athletic on Saturday, the title race will be over.

Doncaster Rovers could wrap up the Sky Bet League Two title on Easter Monday, but they would need Plymouth Argyle to drop points in both of their weekend fixtures.

Norwich City's quick starters

Those at Carrow Road last weekend witnessed an incredible first half of action, with Norwich City putting six past Play-Off chasing Reading before the break.

Beware, @FulhamFC. ⚠️@NorwichCityFC can be dangerous in the opening 45 minutes at Carrow Road. 😮

— EFL (@EFL) April 13, 2017

The Canaries slowed down in the second half, adding just one more in the 7-1 rout, and now another team aiming for the top six come to town.

Fulham's last visit to East Anglia saw them concede four, but the Cottagers have got a strong record against Norwich, including hitting them for six in a 2005 top-flight clash.

Ups and downs

We've seen two promotions and one relegation so far, but more could be coming this weekend.

Bolton Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle could go up, while Chesterfield, Coventry City and Leyton Orient could go down prior to Easter Sunday – click here for all the latest permutations.

Depending on results, plenty more could be at stake on Monday...

Russell's return – Slade back at Grimsby Town

Grimsby Town parted company with Marcus Bignot earlier this week, moving swiftly to replace him with former manager Russell Slade.

Slade guided the Mariners to the League Two Play-Off Final in 2006, where they lost, but he's aiming to go one better once he's got to grips with his squad.

“The first thing is to assess the group we’ve got,” Slade stated his first press conference. “It might be that it only needs a bit of tweaking here and there, with one or two additions, but we can be an absolute force in this league.”

Click here for Russell Slade's first interview as Grimsby Town manager

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