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Preview: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 7

11 September 2017

Following Saturday’s action, the EFL returns this mid-week, with fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

Here’s our matchday preview…

London derby at Loftus Road

Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers play host to Millwall on Tuesday night, with the home side currently sitting five points and 11 places better off than their opponents in the table.

The Hoops have a one hundred percent home league record so far this season, which is in stark contrast to that of the travelling Lions.

Neil Harris' side have yet to find the net on their travels this term, drawing one and losing two — including Saturday's narrow loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fulham craving Craven success

Sticking in West London, Wednesday night sees the attention shift the way of Craven Cottage, where Fulham play host to Hull City.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are yet to pick up maximum points on home turf in 2017/18, and next up are Hull City, who arrive on the back of a heavy 5-0 beating to Derby County last Friday.

Although the pair spent last season apart divisionally, they did meet in an FA Cup clash at the home of the Cottagers, a match which saw the Tigers defeated 4-1.

Around the grounds

Elsewhere in the division, league leaders Cardiff City face a tough test, travelling to Deepdale to take on Preston North End.

Second-placed Leeds could climb in to the top spot should the Bluebirds fail to win — they take on Birmingham City at Elland Road.

On the Whites’ heels are Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a home win against Bristol City could take them into the automatic promotion spots if there are slip-ups above them.

Both Brentford and Bolton Wanderers are still looking for their first win of the campaign, and they face the division's Sheffield duo — the Bees face Wednesday, while the Blades visit the Macron Stadium.

Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 7 fixtures (7:45pm unless stated)

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield United (8pm)
Leeds United v Birmingham City    
Norwich City v Burton Albion    
Preston North End v Cardiff City    
Queens Park Rangers v Millwall    
Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford    
Sunderland v Nottingham Forest    
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City    

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Fulham v Hull City

Shrewd Shrews to remain unbeaten?

After edging out Wigan Athletic at Greenhous Meadow on Saturday afternoon, Paul Hurst and his players are back on home turf once more.

This time they welcome Southend United to Shropshire and have the chance to stay, firstly, unbeaten, as well as at the top of the Sky Bet League One table.

Phil Brown’s Shimpers come into the game following a 2-1 loss away at Charlton Athletic.

Mowbray’s men are motoring

Blackburn Rovers head to take on Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park in a rich vein of form, following three straight league triumphs.

In those victories, Tony Mowbray’s side have found the net eight times, conceding just one goal in the process.

They meet an Iron outfit whose defence has only been breached twice in the league thus far, with ‘keeper Matt Gilks keeping a fourth successive clean sheet in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Blackpool.

Around the grounds

Charlton Athletic’s host Wigan Athletic, when another victory for Karl Robinson’s Addicks would make it seven league wins in a row at Valley.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s tenure at Northampton Town got off to the perfect start at home to Doncaster last weekend, and the Cobblers will be looking for more joy at Sixfields when Portsmouth visit.

Saturday’s 3-1 away win at Peterborough United saw Bradford City move onto 13 points for the campaign, and they face another difficult away assignment at Pep Clotet’s Oxford United.

Elsewhere, Gillingham and Oldham Athletic are both on their travels still seeking a first win of the campaign. Ady Pennock's Gills go to AFC Wimbledon, while Bristol Rovers entertain the Latics.

Sky Bet League One: Matchday 7 fixtures (7:45pm kick-off)

Tuesday 12th September 2017

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

Promoted sides meet at the New Lawn

Last season’s National League champions Lincoln City travel to fellow promoted club Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.

Danny Cowley’s Imps amassed 99 points on their way to the title in 2016/17, with Rovers securing a passage into Sky Bet League Two via the play-offs.

The last four meetings in Gloucestershire between the pair have produced a combined 20 goals, with Lincoln winning 3-2 in the last clash, back in November.

Stanley on a roll

A comprehensive 3-0 win over Carlisle United last time out saw Accrington Stanley move onto 13 points, with only Exeter City ahead of them in the standings.

John Coleman has only witnessed his team lose once in the league this campaign, and they host Grimsby Town this time around.

The Mariners will not want another repeat of their last away day, after they slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.

Around the grounds

Tuesday’s late kick-off sees league leaders Exeter City make the journey to Barnet, who sit in seventh position after back-to-back wins.

The sides in third, fourth and fifth — Notts County, Crewe Alexandra and Stevenage — all have home encounters, and play host to Swindon Town, Cambridge United and Crawley Town respectively.

Looking to build on their aforementioned win over Grimsby Town, Steve Evans’ Mansfield Town welcome Wycombe Wanderers to Field Mill.

Home matches also are on the agenda for Colchester United, Coventry City, Luton Town, Newport County and Yeovil Town.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 7 fixtures (7:45pm unless stated)    

Tuesday 12th September 2017

Accrington Stanley v Grimsby Town    
Barnet v Exeter City (8pm)
Colchester United v Chesterfield    
Coventry City v Carlisle United    
Crewe Alexandra v Cambridge United    
Forest Green Rovers v Lincoln City    
Luton Town v Port Vale    
Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers    
Newport County v Cheltenham Town    
Notts County v Swindon Town    
Stevenage v Crawley Town
Yeovil Town v Morecambe

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There's one Carabao Cup fixture on Tuesday night too. Barnsley host Derby County in their rearranged Round Two tie.

The winner of the match at Oakwell face a trip to Premier League outfit, Tottenham Hotspur.

 


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