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Five things: Storylines to look out for in the EFL

15 September 2017

An action-packed midweek schedule has come and gone, and Matchday 8 is upon us. Here are a few storylines to look out for amongst the latest set of fixtures.

Trio still to triumph

Three teams go into the eighth round of EFL matches still seeking a first win of the 2017/18 campaign, with two of those currently propping up the Sky Bet Championship.

Bolton Wanderers are bottom of the table with just two points from their first seven fixtures, and travel to Ipswich Town this weekend, who have suffered back-to-back losses after kicking off the season with four wins. Brentford are a point better off, and they play host to Reading on Saturday afternoon.

The other side yet to win are Gillingham who, like the Bees, have three draws and four losses from their seven outings. They take on Charlton Athletic, who had won four successive games before a midweek reverse against Wigan Athletic.

Reid all about it

With seven matchdays complete, one man stands alone at the top of the EFL scoring charts, and that man is Reuben Reid.

The striker is one of the reasons why Exeter City are sitting pretty at the top of Sky Bet League Two, but a Sky Bet Championship namesake is doing the business, too.

Bristol City have employed Bobby Reid in a more advanced role this term, and that decision is justified — his midweek strike took him to five, a divisional high shared with this young man…

Jarrod Bowen - EFL Young Player of the Month

Bowen sits level at the top of the Sky Bet Championship scoring charts alongside Reid, with the winger also taking his season tally to five in the week, netting in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss at Fulham.

The 20-year-old joins an elite list of players to have been presented with the EFL honour but, while he may have started the campaign on fire, Hull have not, and the focus is getting back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are back at the KCOM and face off against Sunderland, another team relegated last term and another who are yet to kick on in 2017/18.

Shrewsbury’s history makers

Shrewsbury Town were another table-topping team to register a win on Tuesday night, maintaining their unbeaten Sky Bet League One streak in the process.

The latest side to fall to Paul Hurst’s side were Southend United, and that result took the Shrews to a club-record seven EFL games undefeated,

Oldham Athletic are the opponents this weekend, and the Latics will be in a positive mood after registering a first win of the season at Bristol Rovers in midweek.

EFL bottom two go head-to-head

At the bottom of Sky Bet League Two sit two clubs who weren’t in the division last season, Port Vale and Forest Green Rovers — and the pair meet this weekend.

For the Valiants, they were relegated last season but got off to a perfect start with an opening day win. However, Michael Brown’s side have lost six straight games since.

Mark Cooper’s Rovers have also won once, a 4-3 home success, and have conceded 10 goals in just three away games so far. Will they be able to plug the leak at Vale Park on Saturday?

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