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Preview: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 10

24 September 2017

After a weekend of action, the EFL returns for a full midweek programme, with fixtures being played across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

Leeds' reacquaintance with Warnock

Tuesday's televised encounter comes from the Cardiff City Stadium, where Neil Warnock's Bluebirds take on his former employers, Leeds United.

Both clubs have enjoyed fine starts to the new campaign, and they're only separated by goal difference — with the Whites sitting in first place, and Cardiff in third.

The two go into the game off the back of victories over the weekend, with Cardiff taking the points at Sunderland, and Thomas Christiansen's side emerging triumphant at home to Ipswich Town.

Blades entertain Wolves

As well as first meeting third, there's a match-up between Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who sit fourth and second in the table respectively.

The Blades will undoubtedly have been handed a huge boost after their 4-2 derby day win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Nuno's team also picked up three points in their most recent outing, winning dramatically at home to Barnsley on Saturday.

Around the grounds

Preston North End will be aiming to continue their promising opening to the new season when they travel to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City — Alex Neil's team are unbeaten in their last six league games.

There's a Midlands meeting at the Pirelli Stadium, with Burton Albion hosting Aston Villa and, at the Riverside, Middlesbrough welcome Norwich City.

Brentford earned a first three points of the season against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and they'll be looking for three more when Derby County make the trip south to Griffin Park.

Wednesday's other fixture takes place at St Andrew's, where Birmingham City entertain a Sheffield Wednesday side who'll want to recover from Sunday’s derby-day defeat.

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 10 fixtures (all 7:45pm)

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Barnsley v Queens Park Rangers
Brentford v Derby County
Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers
Burton Albion v Aston Villa
Cardiff City v Leeds United (live on Sky Sports)
Hull City v Preston North End
Ipswich Town v Sunderland
Middlesbrough v Norwich City
Millwall  v Reading
Nottingham Forest v Fulham

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

In-form MK Dons host Cobblers

With three victories in four Sky Bet League One encounters, Robbie Neilson's Milton Keynes Dons head into Tuesday's home clash against Northampton Town full of confidence.

Wins against Plymouth Argyle, Rochdale and, most recently, a 2-0 away triumph over AFC Wimbledon, have seen the men from Stadium MK climb into 11th place — just four points adrift of the play-offs.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's reign at Northampton began with back-to-back victories, but they're without a win in three games, and one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Ten up for Shrews?

A point at home to Blackburn Rovers over the weekend preserved Shrewsbury Town's unbeaten opening to the 2017/18 league season, and their next test comes away at Doncaster Rovers.

Should Paul Hurst's men avoid defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium, it would see them reach 10 games without a loss, as well as keeping them at the summit of the table.

Rovers, however, ended a run of three successive League One losses with three goals, in a comprehensive 3-0 away victory at Plymouth last time out.

Around the grounds

Second-placed Peterborough United visit Oldham Athletic, who parted company with John Sheridan on Monday, while Gillingham's first test without Ady Pennock comes at home to Scunthorpe United.

Bradford City and Fleetwood Town battled it out in last year's Sky Bet League One play-offs, and they will lock horns once again when they meet at Valley Parade on Tuesday.

Two 5-1 victories have come the way of Rotherham United in the last three League One matches. Next up for them is a trip to Blackburn Rovers, who sit just one place below their opponents in ninth.

Amongst the other fixtures, Bury are still looking for a first win since the opening day and welcome Oxford United to Gigg Lane, and Plymouth — another side with just one victory to their name — face a tricky test at Wigan Athletic.

Sky Bet League One: Matchday 10 fixtures (all 7:45pm)

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Blackburn Rovers v Rotherham United
Blackpool v Rochdale
Bradford City v Fleetwood Town
Bury v Oxford United
Doncaster Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Gillingham v Scunthorpe United
Milton Keynes Dons v Northampton Town
Oldham Athletic v Peterborough United
Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers
Southend United v AFC Wimbledon
Walsall v Charlton Athletic
Wigan Athletic v Plymouth Argyle

Top-two tussle

With only goal difference separating them in the table, it's fair to say there's not a great deal to choose between Exeter City and Notts County.

The latter has the current edge in terms of league position and, after overtaking Paul Tisdale's side last weekend, Kevin Nolan will be hoping his players can open up a three-point gap to the Grecians with victory at St James Park.

County have racked up five successive league wins, conceding just one goal in the process, which came in their most recent outing — a 4-1 triumph over Lincoln City. The Grecians were unbeaten this season, prior to Saturday's loss at Coventry City.

Relegated duo meet again

Speaking of Coventry, no doubt buoyed by the aforementioned win over Exeter, they go to Swindon Town on Tuesday night — one of the sides who came down with them from Sky Bet League One.

The pair have enjoyed solid starts to the campaign, with three wins out of the last four for both teams helping them sit inside the top seven.

For the Sky Blues, they're aiming for a first League win over the Robins since October 1964, failing to come out on top in any of the 13 meetings since.

Around the grounds

Elsewhere across the division, there are 10 more intriguing encounters, one of which is at Whaddon Road where Mansfield Town will be looking to keep up their six-game undefeated run, away to Cheltenham Town.

Three straight wins has seen Luton Town manoeuvre themselves into the automatic promotion places — a trip to Morecambe awaits them this time around.

The Hatters moved above Accrington Stanley at the weekend, who could only draw with Cheltenham, but they have the chance to put that right when they travel to managerless Port Vale.

Chesterfield, also without a permanent boss at the helm, host a Yeovil Town side without a win in five, and Crewe — who lost 5-0 at home on Saturday — go to Wycombe Wanderers, where they shipped five goals almost a year ago to the day.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 10 fixtures (all 7:45pm)

Tuesday 26th September 2017

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

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