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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

21 April 2017

The finishing line is in sight, but there are sure to be plenty more twists and turns in the EFL before the season reaches its conclusion.

This weekend should be no different, and here are just five things to keep an eye out for...

Harry Redknapp's Birmingham City bow

After picking up one point from Easter fixtures against Rotherham United and Burton Albion, Gianfranco Zola resigned from his position as Birmingham City manager.

Harry Redknapp was quickly installed as his replacement, and his first test comes at the home of the Blues' biggest rivals, Aston Villa.

Will 'Arry make himself an instant hero to the Birmingham faithful?

Title time? Brighton & Hove Albion

The Sky Sports cameras will be at Carrow Road on Friday, where Brighton & Hove Albion could be named champions of the Sky Bet Championship.

There was a party atmosphere at the Amex Stadium on Easter Monday as the Seagulls celebrated securing promotion, but the next target is the title.

Steve Sidwell, Mitre Goal of the Year winner at the EFL Awards earlier this month, told the club's website: “We’re not going to rest on our laurels, we want to win the league, and that goes for every member in that changing room.

“I’ve been lucky enough to lift the trophy before and it’s a great feeling. Destiny awaits.”

Now for the title: Click here for Steve Sidwell's full interview

Ups and downs

Just two automatic promotion places are up for grabs among the three divisions, with three more wrapped up over the Easter period.

A number of teams are still in the hunt for second spot in Sky Bet League One, with Bolton Wanderers in pole position this weekend, while Newcastle United could seal Sky Bet Championship promotion on Monday night.

One side in each division are at the risk of relegation this weekend, too. Click below for all the latest matchday permutations.

State of Play: Click here for the EFL matchday permutations

Football Welcomes – celebrating refugee footballers

This coming weekend, the EFL and its clubs will celebrate the contribution that refugee footballers have made to football since the Second World War.

Refugees in Brentford and QPR's youth community programmes will form a guard of honour to welcome the players out for Saturday's west London derby, along with playing a match against each other.

Cambridge United, Notts County and Preston North End are among the others actively supporting Amnesty International's initiative – and you can see the work those clubs are doing by clicking below.

Football Welcomes: Click here for more on Amnesty International's initiative

Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs – it's tight!

When you're 13th with three games to go, it's not often you expect to still be in the running for a Play-Off place. However, it's still all to play for in a thrilling Sky Bet League Two season.

Wycombe Wanderers are the biggest outsiders in terms of position, but they are just two points adrift of the top seven, and fifth-placed Stevenage are only four points ahead of the mid-table Chairboys.

Out of the 10 teams realistically in the hunt, only two meet this weekend – Stevenage and Mansfield Town. Expect plenty of movement as the Play-Off race intensifies!

Preview: Click here for the matchday preview

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