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EFL Preview: matchday six

30 August 2019

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The weekend’s action in the Sky Bet Championship kicks off at the Cardiff City Stadium with two former Premier League sides looking to get the better of each other.

The Bluebirds have not had the best of starts, finding themselves in 14th position, while Fulham have picked up the pace in pace in recent weeks and are currently occupying one of the four Play-Off spots that are on offer.

Leeds United and Swansea City currently sit in first and second in the league standings respectively after five games, both notching 13 points; the two face each other on Saturday afternoon at Elland Road.

Elsewhere, Bristol City will be looking to record their fourth win in a row in league football with three points against Middlesbrough, and Charlton are on the war path and hoping for revenge against Reading, after the Royals carded a league double over them in the 2015/16 season.

Huddersfield Town and Stoke City both have a point each in the league so far; they will be looking to get their first wins of the season against Luton Town and Birmingham City respectively.

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League leaders Ipswich Town are hoping that their stay in League One will not last longer than the one season. They, alongside another four teams, sit on 11 points after five outings, and face ninth-placed Shrewsbury Town at Portman Road.

High-flying Blackpool welcome Portsmouth to Bloomfield Road; the Tangerines have won two of the last three games against Pompey and are looking to make it three home victories on the bounce with three points here.

An early battle around the last Play-Off spot will take place at Sincil Bank on Saturday afternoon as seventh-placed Lincoln City entertain sixth-placed Fleetwood Town. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides, and the Cod Army are winless in their last seven meetings when facing a side for the first time in the EFL.

Down at the foot of the table, Bolton Wanderers travel to Gillingham, Southend United welcome a Rochdale side that were drawn against Premier League giants Manchester United in midweek in Round Three of the Carabao Cup, and Accrington Stanley host MK Dons.

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Exeter City sit top of the pile in Sky Bet League Two as it stands, after picking up 11 points from five games. The Grecians boss, Matt Taylor, will be hoping his side can continue to set the pace and pick up another three points against Mansfield Town at the weekend.

Second-placed Plymouth Argyle travel to Northampton Town and, having won three of their last four trips to the Cobblers, they will be in confident mood heading north. However, they did lose 2-0 on their most recent visit to Sixfields.

An early fight for automatic promotion will see Forest Green Rovers and Newport County lock horns at the New Lawn; Rovers are unbeaten in their last five home league matches, only conceding once in that run.

Bottom-of-the-table Scunthorpe United are still looking for their first win of the season under manager Paul Hurst, they host Carlisle United. Just above them sit Stevenage, who host high-flying Macclesfield Town.

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