Sky Bet League One and League Two return after FA Cup action! Meanwhile, in the Championship, the fight for promotion and against relegation continues…
There have been some tasty affairs between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United in the past, most notably the 2017 fixture which ended 2-1 to the Terriers. Coincidentally, that is the last time these two sides met in a Championship fixture.
Leeds have lost their last three games against Huddersfield, and they have not lost four in a row against their Yorkshire rivals since a run of six between 1928 and 1931.
Continuing with Saturday’s action, there is promotion battle set to take place at Craven Cottage as Fulham entertain Bristol City. The third-placed Whites have been impressive in recent weeks having won each of their last four league games, while the fifth-placed Robins have only won two of their last four league games.
Lee Johnson’s side have won their last four away matches against Fulham in all competitions.
You will have to wait until Monday evening to see the current league leaders, West Bromwich Albion, in league action, as they welcome Swansea City to The Hawthorns. Slaven Bilic’s side are unbeaten in their last five league matches against the Swans, winning three and drawing two.
Meanwhile, Steve Cooper’s side lost both league matches against the Baggies last season, and haven’t lost three in a row since September 1981.
After winning their second league game of the season last weekend, Barnsley will be looking to back up those three points with another win, but face a difficult task when they travel to Cardiff City on Saturday. The Tykes’ last league meeting at the Cardiff City Stadium was back in March 2018; they lost on that occasion and were relegated at the end of that season, something Barnsley will be hoping doesn’t repeat itself this time around.
Stoke City have had somewhat of a response to new manager Michael O’Neill’s methods, winning two of his first four games. The Potters head to Humberside to take on Hull City, who have also been impressive in recent weeks.
The Tigers are looking to win consecutive league matches against Stoke for the first time since August 1992.
Luton Town and Wigan Athletic come face-to-face at Kenilworth Road at the weekend, and with both teams struggling in league action this season, a chance to distance themselves from the relegation zone with a win is an opportunity that both sides cannot afford to miss out on.
A big positive for the Latics is that manager Paul Cook has never lost to the Hatters in four previous meetings, all of which came as Portsmouth manager between 2015 and 2017.
There is only one place to start in Sky Bet League One this weekend and it is at Bloomfield Road as Blackpool welcome rivals Fleetwood Town. The Tangerines have enjoyed derby games against the Cod Army in recent years, having lost just one in eight games.
Joey Barton’s men have not enjoyed travelling the mere nine miles to Blackpool of late, having lost on all four visits in all competitions.
Second-placed Ipswich Town travel to promotion chasers Coventry City, looking to keep the pressure on Wycombe Wanderers, who currently lead the way in League One. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 2011/12 Championship season - the Tractor Boys won both games that season.
Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United have been keeping pace with the top two this season, especially after a relatively slow start by their standards. The Posh make the long trip to Portsmouth on Saturday, a team who have also started the season in less than convincing fashion, finding themselves in 10th place.
None of the last seven league games between the two sides have ended level, with Peterborough winning the last three out of four league games at Fratton Park.
Bolton Wanderers currently occupy one of the three relegation places in League One; the Trotters face AFC Wimbledon and are unbeaten in their last two league games against the Dons, but the away side have won four of their last seven games in the league, this coming after 12 winless games.
Southend United managed to grab a point from their midweek clash with Burton Albion, though one thing that would have disappointed manager Sol Campbell would have been the fact they took the lead and the Brewers played majority of the game with a man fewer. Despite that, it is a valuable point on the road as they look to escape the relegation zone.
They are on the road again at the weekend travelling to Bristol Rovers, who recently progressed into the Round Three of the Leasing.com Trophy after a penalty shootout victory against Leyton Orient. The Gas have lost just once in their last 10 home league games, winning five and drawing four, making this a difficult task for the travelling Shrimpers.
MK Dons swapped promotion-winning manager Paul Tisdale for promotion-winning player Russell Martin this season, with the latter now in hot seat. He will be hoping that he can be the man to pull the Dons out of the relegation zone in the coming weeks.
Doncaster Rovers are set to welcome Martin’s side to the Keepmoat Stadium. Rovers won 2-1 the last time these two teams met back in the 2017/18 season, however it has been bleak viewing for MK Dons in South Yorkshire; they have never won in five visits to Doncaster, scoring only two goals and failing to score on three occasions.
Richie Wellens’ Swindon Town currently sit top of the Sky Bet League Two table after impressing in recent weeks. The Robins face Grimsby Town at the weekend looking to cement their place at the summit with another three points. The Mariners are still without a manager after parting company with Michael Jolley earlier on this season, but they do remain unbeaten in their last five EFL matches against the Robins.
Swindon will be looking to win six consecutive EFL games for the first time since February 2012.
Forest Green Rovers are just one point behind leaders Swindon and welcome Scunthorpe United to the New Lawn on Saturday. This will be the first time the two sides have met in the Football League, and will in turn see them become the Iron’s 113th different opponent in the Football League.
Fourth-placed Exeter City and sixth-placed Northampton Town are set to lock horns in an early promotion battle in League Two, however this fixture has not been kind to the Grecians in recent years. They have only tasted victory twice in 23 Football League encounters against the Cobblers.
Towards the foot of the table, Morecambe and new manager Derek Adams will be hoping that a valuable three points against Carlisle United will be the start of a mid-season revival. The Shrimps are level on points with Stevenage, who sit just outside the relegation zone on goal difference, but they have lost more games and conceded more goals than any other League Two club this season.
Stevenage welcome Crawley Town Broadhall Way; the Boro have won back-to-back league games against the Red Devils and will be looking to win three on the bounce for the first time in the EFL.
Walsall have a healthy five-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, and a trip to ninth-placed Port Vale is on their agenda at the weekend. But the Saddlers will take confidence from the fact that they have only conceded one goal across their last four league meetings with the Valiants.