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Five things: Storylines to look out for in Matchday 21

8 December 2017

A full EFL schedule returns this weekend, and we've taken a look at some of the storylines to look out for across the three divisions.

Friday night fixture

There is potential for a Friday night cracker when the Sky Sports cameras roll up at Bramall Lane for Sheffield United versus Bristol City.

Last weekend, the Robins flew above the Blades after a fine Saturday evening win over Middlesbrough, sending Chris Wilder's men down to fourth after a third game without victory, losing at Millwall.

City kicked off their League One title-winning campaign off with a 2-1 win in their last visit here, back in 2014, and Lee Johnson will be hoping that's a good omen as his side seek a seventh win in nine.

Top two in League Two

Luton Town and Notts County have set the pace in League Two this season, and now it's time for the two to go head-to-head in the battle for top spot.

It's advantage Luton, currently, courtesy of their remarkable goal difference. Scoring 48 in just 20 games and conceding 18, their +30 differential is double that of the Magpies.

The Hatters are eight without loss in all competitions, while Kevin Nolan's men are unbeaten in League Two since mid-October. This should be a good one!

Adkins in

Hull City may have salvaged a late point against Sheffield Wednesday, but that wasn't enough for Leonid Slutsky to keep his job with the Tigers.

Moving quickly to replace the Russian, Nigel Adkins was confirmed as the new boss on Thursday morning, and he's straight into the thick of the action with a home clash against Brentford.

Read more: Nigel Adkins appointed Hull City boss

The hosts last KCOM Stadium success came courtesy of a 6-1 win against Birmingham City at the end of September. Dean Smith's Bees have lost just one of nine games in that period.

Award winners in action

The November monthly awards have been announced, and we already know who Leon Clarke and Nathan Jones will be facing, following respective collection of the Championsip Player of the Month and League Two Manager of the Month awards.

Nuno, Manager of the Month in the Championship, welcomes struggling Sunderland to Molineux as his winning Wolves look to extend their streak of three-point hauls to seven.

In League Two, Christian Doidge won November's award and has three in two December cup games already, taking his tally to 11 in his last nine – Forest Green Rovers travel to Grimsby Town this Saturday.

And not forgetting Blackburn Rovers, who swept up with Tony Mowbray and Charlie Muglrew claiming the gongs in League One. Rovers face a tricky trip to Peterborough United, who sit on the cusp of the play-off places.

Happy Valley

This weekend marks a special occasion for Charlton Athletic, who are celebrating 25 years since returning home to The Valley.

Remarkably, the opponents for the anniversary game are Portsmouth, who were the team they faced on that memorable return in 1992, following seven years spent playing at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park home.

The Addicks will be wearing a special commemorative kit for the occasion, among other things. Club legends from that afternoon quarter of a century ago will be in attendance, and 618 balloons will be released to mark every competitive match played since returning to their SE7 home.

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