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Preview: This weekend's action

17 October 2019

The Sky Bet Championship action returns after a short spell on the sidelines due to international break, Sky Bet League One and Two look to pick up where they left off last time out!

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West Bromwich Albion travel to Middlesbrough at the weekend looking to record their first away win at the Riverside since September 2009 and thus cementing top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.

However, it will not be an easy task with Boro completing a league double over the Baggies last season.

Hot on their tail are Nottingham Forest, who have the advantage of knowing what they have to do in order to overtake or keep the pressure on. They head to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic on Sunday, the Latics have never lost a home game against Forest in all competitions, so Sabri Lamouchi will be hoping his side can break the dreaded DW hoodoo.

In the top six, third and fourth-placed Preston North End and Swansea City both face away games to teams in the bottom three of the league standings.

Meanwhile bottom of the table Stoke City host Fulham at the bet365 Stadium hoping to add another three points to their tally after seeing off, at-the-time league leaders Swansea City in their own backyard.

If they succeed, it will be the first time that Nathan Jones has won consecutive games during his tenure as the Potters’ boss.


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Sunderland AFC are yet to appoint a new manager after the departure of Jack Ross earlier this month, and a trip to difficult trip Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park awaits them this weekend. The Chairboys have won seven of their last nine league games at home, last failing to score in against Charlton Athletic back in April during a 1-0 defeat.

Sticking with Saturday’s action, Bristol Rovers' early season brilliance has continued as they find themselves just two points off an automatic promotion place. Up next for the Gas is an away trip to Darren Moore’s Doncaster Rovers.

After his recent Manager of the Month success, Joey Barton will be keen to ensure that standards don’t drop as they look keep the pressure on in the Play-Offs.

Burton Albion are the visitors to Highbury and with the Cod Army winning five of the last six games in all competitions, Barton will be looking to heap more misery on the Brewers.

Bottom-of-the-table Bolton Wanderers host rivals Rochdale hoping to secure their first league win of the season. Manager Keith Hill will be hoping that comes more than anyone, especially over his old employers.

Elsewhere, 21st-placed AFC Wimbledon entertain Portsmouth and on Sunday, the current holders of top spot Ipswich Town head to Accrington Stanley in what will be the first-ever league meeting between the two sides.


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Crewe Alexandra have not taken their foot off the gas since the first ball of the season was kicked back in August, and after surrendering a two-goal lead against Carlisle United last weekend, the Railwaymen nearly lost top spot.

Two late goals made sure that they walked away from Brunton Park with all three points, they return to home action with a game against Swindon Town.

Hot on their tale are Exeter City. The Grecians are currently level on points with Dave Artell’s side but are sitting second on goals scored, a trip to Cambridge awaits and a win will see them take top spot if Crewe lose to Swindon.

Bradford City have put their early season slump behind them and occupy the final automatic promotion place in Sky Bet League Two. Saturday will be the first time that the Bantams and Crawley Town have met in league action since the 2014/15 season.

Towards the foot of the table attention turns to Morecambe who were dumped in the relegation zone after defeat against Bradford City and Stevenage won at home against Grimsby Town.

The Shrimps are on the road to Colchester United at the weekend, with five of the six contests between the two sides in the EFL have ended level – a classic to take place?

Elsewhere, Stevenage face Port Vale, Scunthorpe United travel to last season’s beaten Play-Off Finalists, Newport County and Oldham Athletic welcome Macclesfield Town to Boundary Park. 


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