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Preview: weekend action

The EFL action continues on Friday and Saturday!

12 December 2019

The EFL action returns this weekend!

Here's what's coming up across the three divisions...

The Championship action delivered yet again in midweek, and there's a quick turnaround for the next round of fixtures. Friday evening sees Charlton Athletic take on Hull City at The Valley in front of the Sky Sports cameras, in what will be their first league meeting since 2016.

Leeds United sit top of the tree on goal difference and welcome Cardiff City to Elland Road, looking to make it eight wins in a row. If they can do so, it would be the first time they've achieved the feat in a decade, though Cardiff have won their last three league games against the Whites and harbour promotion ambitions of their own.

Following their crucial midweek win over Luton Town, Stoke City face another of the sides around them on Saturday, with Reading the next visitors to Staffordshire. The Potters have lost just one of their last 10 home league games during the month of December (W7 D2) and will be looking to continue that run.



In League One, it's Wycombe Wanderers who lead the way, with 40 points on the board after 19 games. They face Burton Albion on Saturday, knowing that a win would see them set a new club record for the most points the Chairboys have ever won after 20 league games of a campaign.

Elsewhere, two promotion hopefuls in Sunderland AFC and Blackpool go head-to-head at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have won four and lost one of their last eight against Blackpool in the league, but face a Tangerines side unbeaten in five on the road in League One (W1 D4) drawing each of the last four in a row.

Two sides battling at opposite ends of the table are Peterborough United and Bolton Wanderers, who also meet this weekend. The hosts have won six of their nine home league games this season (D2 L1), with their only defeat in League One on home soil coming on the opening day against Fleetwood, and will want to keep up the pressure on the top two.


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Swindon Town lead the way in Sky Bet League Two, and on the agenda this weekend is a home game against 21st-placed Oldham Athletic. In their ranks is the division's top scorer in Eoin Doyle, who has found the net in each of his last eight league games for Swindon, scoring 11 goals with just 14 shots on target in this run.

Just behind them are Exeter City, who will meet Salford City for the first time in the EFL. Salford will become Exeter’s 108th different opponent in the Football League – the Grecians remain unbeaten in their last six games when facing a side for the first time in the EFL (W3 D3) since a 1-2 defeat against MK Dons back in August 2009.

Also on the way is a clash between Northampton Town and Forest Green Rovers. This fixture was a memorable one last season, with Northampton securing a 2-1 comeback victory, courtesy of goals from Aaron Pierre and a 97th-minute winner from Andy Williams. Will there be drama again this time around?


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