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Five things: Storylines to look out for this weekend

27 October 2017

Carabao Cup exploits, magical memories and a Luton landmark are among this weekend's 'Five Things' to look out for.

Carabao Cup heroes

After losing their unbeaten run at the hands of Leeds United last week, Bristol City bounced back in style with a stunning Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Four different goalscorers helped the Robins to a 4-1 win over top-flight opposition for the third round in a row, and they'll now face Manchester United in the Quarter-Finals.

Read more: Carabao Cup Round Five draw

It's back to the Championship this weekend where they travel to lowly Sunderland. Special mentions to Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough who bravely bowed out in midweek.

Derby dates on Sky Sports

On Friday night, fourth-placed Leeds kick the EFL weekend off when they host high-flying Sheffield United at Elland Road in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Thomas Christiansen's Whites are four points and one place behind ahead of the all-Yorkshire affair, the first between the pair since the 2010/11 season, when the Blades were relegated to the third tier.

On Sunday, at noon, it's the Second City derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa - a fixture that rarely fails to disappoint. It's the third of Sky's weekend screenings, and brings the weekend to a close.

A change of fortune

Life as an EFL manager... easy, right? That certainly seems to be the case for Neil Aspin since taking charge of Port Vale, guiding his side to three straight successes, scoring seven and conceding one, after a debut defeat versus Grimsby Town.

Next up for the Valiants is a home clash with Swindon Town, and Richie Wellens is another enjoying a fruitful start to life in management.

After landing the job permanently after five unbeaten matches, Oldham Athletic have added another four points from two games, including beating Bury 2-1 in midweek. That made Wellens the first Latics boss to win his opening three home league games since Andy Wilson in 1927!

Newport's fond memories

This weekend sees Newport County, going well in League Two, travel to Notts County, who are going slightly better, sitting second in the standings with an unbeaten home record.

It's a fixture which will carry plenty of sentiment for the Exiles and boss Michael Flynn, because it was the Magpies who were dramatically beaten on the final day of last season to secure Newport's great escape.

Meadow Lane is the venue rather than Rodney Parade this time, but the Welsh outfit have hit three goals on both of their previous visits, with last season's meeting a comfortable 3-0 win for the visitors.

A Hatters' hundred

Luton Town's free-scoring run came to an end at Crawley Town last week, but a goalless draw was enough to keep them at the top of the division. This weekend, manager Nathan Jones celebrates a managerial milestone.

Their home fixture with Coventry City, the first meeting since a Championship clash in 2007, marks Jones' 100th game in charge of the Hatters after taking over in January 2016, with the club 15th in League Two.

Since that day, the Welshman has guided his side to 48 wins, 27 draws and just 24 losses from 99 games. Will he enjoy a happy anniversary on Saturday?

Read more: Nathan Jones on life at Luton Town


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