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EFL: Five things to look out for this weekend

3 March 2017

The EFL weekend has arrived again, with a full complement of fixtures taking place over the weekend. There's plenty of storylines to look out for as ever, but here's five...

Keeping it clean

Saturday 21st January. James Meredith equalised for Bradford City at home to Millwall, cancelling out Lee Gregory's strike. The Lions obviously didn't enjoy that feeling – they haven't let a goal in since.

It's a run of seven Sky Bet League One matches, plus two for good measure against Premier League opposition in the FA Cup. And they haven't lost in the league since mid-December.

Striker Gregory paid tribute to the defence following Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Peterborough United, in which he scored the winning goal.

“Everyone – Tony Craig, Shaun Cummings, Byron Webster, Jake Cooper, Shaun Hutchinson, Mahlon Romeo, Jordan Archer and Tom King - deserves credit,” he told

“We know we can defend and if we score, we're going to win the game.”

Happy honeymoon

A wonderful start to the season, before the most dramatic of slides from second place into the bottom four, it's been an eventful Sky Bet League One campaign for Bury.

In mid-February, Lee Clark was appointed as the new Shakers boss, and he has certainly shaken up his players. The club have made a perfect start under his tenure, winning three from three.

Another important game beckons as they face Gillingham this weekend, with both clubs hovering above the relegation zone. A fourth straight win would further ease the pressure at Gigg Lane.

15th February – Lee Clark appointed Bury boss
18th February – Chesterfield (A) – W 2-1
25th February – Charlton Athletic (A) – W 1-0
28th February – Coventry City (H) – W 2-1

Leaders looking on

Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers both enjoyed good midweek results, and the Sky Bet League One leaders weren't even in action.

The Blades watched on as second-placed Scunthorpe United fail to win for the sixth straight game, and fellow promotion-chasers Bolton Wanderers were held at home too.

In Sky Bet League Two, Donny defeated Cambridge United, while Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United and Portsmouth below them all failed to secure three points.

Both table-toppers are away from home this Saturday, at Rochdale and Crawley Town respectively, but they know that their advantage could be extended even further should they win again.

In both divisions, second host third this weekend, so it's another chance to further boost their promotion – and title – hopes.


Bristol Rovers travel to in-form Oxford United this weekend, with the hosts in a rich vein of form that has brought 18 points from a possible 24 and put them in sight of the Play-Off places.

As for Rovers, they go into the game unbeaten in seven Sky Bet League One fixtures. However, that run of form isn't as glamorous as it seems – the last six have finished all square.

Should Darrell Clarke's men gain another point this weekend, it will bring them level with a host of clubs to pick up seven successive draws. The EFL record is eight and is shared by the following seven clubs.

Swansea City - 2008/09 Championship
Southampton - 2005/06 Championship
Chesterfield - 2005/06 League Two
Birmingham City - 1990/91 Division 3
Peterborough United - 1971/72 Division 4
Middlesbrough - 1970/71 Division 2
Torquay United - 1969/70 Division 3

Stevenage storming

Five home matches in 2017, five home wins.

That makes very nice reading for Stevenage, who are hitting form at the right time in Sky Bet League Two.

And with Matty Godden in their ranks, they have a striker who is also on a sizzling streak, hitting 10 goals in his previous 10 matches.

Boro's latest success, a 4-1 triumph over Leyton Orient on Tuesday night, sent them into the top seven, and they are back at the Lamex this Saturday, chasing another three points against Notts County.

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