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Preview: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 17

10 November 2017

With an international break taking place this weekend, there is no action from the Sky Bet Championship. However, fixtures are on the agenda in League One and Two. Here’s the preview…

South Yorkshire meeting at the Keepmoat

Matchday 17 in Sky Bet League One begins with a derby encounter, as Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United go head-to-head, live on Sky Sports on Saturday.

Rovers picked up three points in their most recent league outing, with a 1-0 victory at Bury, while the Millers suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Gillingham.

It’s the two clubs’ first clash in over 10 years and, on that occasion, this weekend’s hosts won out 3-2.

Hat-trick for the Cobblers?

Two successive victories have seen Northampton Town move a step closer to climbing out of the League One relegation zone, with only goal difference keeping them in the bottom four.

Next up for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side is a trip to Oxford United, who haven’t recorded a win in any of their previous three outings.

The men from Sixfields are unbeaten in their last five matches against the U’s — triumphing in three of those.

Around the grounds

Five more clashes take place on Saturday, one of which comes from Valley Parade, where Bradford City will be aiming to put the pressure on the division’s top two — they host Plymouth Argyle.

Blackpool welcome Portsmouth to Bloomfield Road, with Bury travelling to the Priestfield to take on Gillingham.

Elsewhere, Milton Keynes Dons meet Fleetwood Town at Stadium MK, and Scunthorpe United entertain Bristol Rovers.

Things are then rounded off on Sunday afternoon in front of the Sky Sports cameras, as Peterborough United visit AFC Wimbledon.

Sky Bet League One: Matchday 17 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Saturday 11th November

Doncaster Rovers v Rotherham United (12:30pm - live on Sky Sports)
Blackpool v Portsmouth
Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle    
Gillingham v Bury    
Milton Keynes Dons v Fleetwood Town    
Oxford United v Northampton Town    
Scunthorpe United v Bristol Rovers

Sunday 12th November

AFC Wimbledon v Peterborough United (2:30pm - live on Sky Sports)

Friday night action

Kicking off the EFL weekend are Newport County and Port Vale, who face off at Rodney Parade under the lights.

The Exiles are on the fringes of the play-off places,and they will be well aware that three points against the Valiants could see them rise to as high as fifth ahead of Saturday's fixtures.

Neil Aspin’s Vale side had racked up three straight wins prior to their loss against Swindon Town and have the in-form Tom Pope in their ranks, who was named October's Player of the Month on Friday morning.

Resilient Mariners

Grimsby Town’s last league defeat came back at the end of September, and since then they’ve gone seven matches unbeaten.

Sitting 12th in the table, Russell Slade takes his team to Exeter City this weekend, who’ll be looking to get their promotion push up and running once more, following a run of four matches without a victory.

Grimsby’s last triumph over the Grecians came in 1991, but they do have the better overall league record.

Around the grounds

Notts County moved back to the top of the table thanks to a 3-0 win at home to Newport County last time out — they travel to Stevenage this weekend.

Accrington Stanley are hot on their heels however and they’re also on the road, with an away trip to Cambridge United.

With nine points from nine in the bag, Forest Green Rovers head to Crawley Town full of confidence, and the men from the New Lawn will have a fourth successive victory in their sights.

Last season, Chesterfield were winners at Swindon Town. That’s where they head on Saturday, as they look to get themselves closer to climbing out of the bottom two.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 17 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated)

Friday 10th November

Newport County v Port Vale (7:45pm)

Saturday 11th November

Barnet v Colchester United    
Cambridge United v Accrington Stanley    
Carlisle United v Yeovil Town    
Cheltenham Town v Luton Town    
Coventry City v Mansfield Town    
Crawley Town v Forest Green Rovers    
Crewe Alexandra v Lincoln City    
Exeter City v Grimsby Town    
Morecambe v Wycombe Wanderers    
Stevenage v Notts County    
Swindon Town v Chesterfield    

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