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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

3 February 2017

It’s back to normality this weekend in the EFL with a full schedule of fixtures across three action-packed days.

Here’s five things we’ve picked out for you to watch out for…

Deadline Day debutants

Aston Villa have a new front man ready to make his mark this weekend in the form of Scott Hogan, who has already notched 14 goals this season for Brentford. His first test if selected will be a trip to Nottingham Forest live on Sky Sports.

Elsewhere, Wigan Athletic bought in eight new faces as they look to climb away from a relegation battle. The signing of former Newcastle and Manchester United man Gabriel Obertan caught the eye, whilst the securing of Omar Bogle’s signature could be the firepower needed at the DW Stadium.

EFL: Deadline Day round-up

Bristol City’s capture of Matty Taylor came as quite a shock – the prolific striker making the cross-city move from Bristol Rovers. City certainly made the most of it on social media with a rather enticing graphic…


— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) January 31, 2017
Derby Day!

Sunday is Derby Day in the EFL with two big clashes both getting under way at 12 noon.

The A420 derby sees Swindon Town and Oxford United go head-to-head at the County Ground. The earlier fixture this season ended in a 2-0 win to the U’s, so Saturday presents an opportunity for the Robins to restore some local pride.

The other derby comes from Yorkshire as Huddersfield Town welcome Leeds United to the John Smith's Stadium in a clash shown live on Sky Sports.

Leeds have won their last two away fixtures against the Terriers, but David Wagner’s side come in off the back of a impressive midweek win over the leaders, Brighton and Hove Albion.

What’s on the box?

There are plenty of EFL fixtures to enjoy live on Sky Sports this weekend, following on from a packed midweek.

It all begins on Friday night when Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday meet, with the Owls continuing to chase the Play-Offs. However, the Latics have won two on the spin as they bid to escape the bottom three.

Then, on Saturday evening it’s a clash from the Midlands as Nottingham Forest welcome Villa to the City Ground. A win for the hosts would take them level on points with Steve Bruce’s side.

The action is rounded off on Sunday with the aforementioned Yorkshire derby, as Garry Monk takes his Leeds side to Huddersfield.

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Wheeler fortune

Exeter City are a side intent on breaking records at the moment. Their currently tally of six straight wins is the first time they’ve achieved such a feat since 1977, and the Grecians are now unbeaten in 11. Two more games without loss will seem them equal the club’s all-time record.

But perhaps the most impressive feat that could be broken is that of Henry Poulter, who scored in six consecutive matches in the 1933/1934 season. That was matched three seasons later by Roderick Williams, but nobody has come close since… until David Wheeler.

The winger became the latest man to match the tally after netting against Wycombe in midweek, and will make the record his own should he grab another at home to Crewe Alexandra this weekend.

🔥 | @djwheeler07 becomes the first City player since Roderick Williams (1936/37) to score in 6 consecutive matches.#ECFC

— Exeter City FC (@OfficialECFC) January 31, 2017

Railwaymen off track

Speaking of Crewe, the club are currently on the longest winless run in Sky Bet League Two, having failed to win any of their last 10 matches.

David Artell is yet to turn around the club's fortunes, although he picked up his first point as a manager in their recent game against Cheltenham Town. Will the formbooks be flipped upside down in Devon this weekend?

Coventry City, however, are on a run of 12 matches without a three-point haul - the longest current spell in the EFL. Just two points gained from that spell leave the Sky Blues rock bottom of Sky Bet League One.

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