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Preview: This weekend's EFL action

1 November 2019

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League leaders West Brom will be hoping to extend their two-point lead at the top of the table as they travel to Stoke City this weekend. Free-scoring Albion have netted 113 goals since August 2018, 19 more than any other team in the division. A potential danger man to continue that hot scoring record, Matheus Pereira has been involved in eight goals in nine starts so far this season.

Leeds' home games have been surprisingly goal-shy so far this campaign, but the visit of QPR to Elland Road gives Marcelo Bielsa's side the opportunity to return to winnings ways after two consecutive draws. However, the away side sit just a point from the play-off places, and with Eberechi Eze in fine form, will be confident of coming away with something.

Over the past five fixtures, no teams have collated more points than Brentford or Huddersfield Town, who coincidently meet this weekend. Danny Cowley's side travel to west-London having won 12 points from their last six league matches, although the home side are on a four-match winning run.

Swansea City, looking to maintain their push for promotion, travel to Wigan Athletic as the only side in the division still unbeaten away from home. Three draw and three victories from their six away fixtures this season, combined with the fact that Wigan are winless in six against the Swans, will give the travelling support optimism.

Elsewhere, if you're looking for a fixture with a history of goals, look no further than Bristol City's trip to Oakwell. In the last seven league meetings between the pair, there has been 33 goals scored at an average of 4.7 a game.


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A traditional third-tier encounter takes place between at Bloomfield Road, with each of the last 26 league meetings between Blackpool and Peterborough United taking place at League One level. The form book favours the visitors, who have only lost one of their previous 12 League fixtures, whilst Blackpool have only won two of their previous 12 after winning their first three games of the season.

Making the trip to Bolton this weekend, Fleetwood Town's points tally of 26 after their opening 14 league games is their best-ever at this stage of an EFL campaign. However, Bolton ended a run of 18 winless league matches against Bristol Rovers last week, as the attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time since August 2018.

Back to league action for Oxford United after their midweek victory in the Carabao Cup provided them with a fascinating home tie against Manchester City in the quarter-Final. They travel to Fratton Park to face a Portsmouth side who have won their previous two encounters and are yet to lose at home this season.

The story of the season so far may well be the success of Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers side. Level on points with leaders Ipswich Town, they host Shrewsbury Town looking to take advantage of the Tractor Boys' weekend off. 

Still as important as ever, Adebayo Akinfenwa’s nine league goal involvements so far this season have earned Wycombe nine points in League One; the joint-most of all players alongside Kayden Jackson and Mo Eisa.

Elsewhere, it will be a first-ever meeting between AFC Wimbledon and Lincoln City, whilst Coventry City host Accrington Stanley and MK Dons welcome Tranmere Rovers.


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Two of the top six collide this weekend as Bradford City host Exeter City in the first league meeting between the pair since March 2013. The Bantams have won four of their previous five home fixtures, but did lose last time out against Port Vale. For Exeter, they currently sit one point off leaders Crewe as they look to continue their strong start to the campaign.

Over the last five games, no team has gained more points than Cheltenham Town, who now sit just two points off the top of the table with a game in hand.

They host Forest Green Rovers in the Gloucestershire derby this weekend, and since the away side's arrival in the EFL in 2017/18, three of the four encounters between Cheltenham and the Rovers have ended level.

A changing of the guard at Morecambe, as Jim Bentley resigned from his position as the EFL's longest-serving manager earlier this week. Bottom of the League Two table, Morecambe host Leyton Orient having won just one of their previous 12 fixtures, whilst the away side have won three of their last six.

An important clash at the bottom of the table sees Stevenage Town travel to Scunthorpe United, their first league meeting since 2013. Interestingly enough, 48% of the league goals Stevenage have conceded this season have come in the final 15 minutes of games (10/21) – the highest percentage in the division.

In this weekend's other fixtures, league leaders Crewe Alexandra play host to Port Vale, Swindon Town welcome Walsall and Grimsby Town make the long trip south to face Plymouth Argyle.


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