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Preview: This weekend's action

25 October 2019

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Rivalries take centre stage in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, with five exciting derbies split across Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The first comes at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday entertain Leeds United.

This fixture kicks off the footballing weekend and could be pivotal in the race for automatic promotion as the Owls, in third, look to chase down the Whites in second place.

Preston North End welcome near neighbours Blackburn Rovers to Deepdale at the weekend, looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games, with current boss Alex Neil bosting a 100 per cent win record over Rovers. Defeat will be the last thing on his mind.

The final derby in Saturday’s action sees bottom club Barnsley head to Huddersfield Town; the Terriers have won their last two home games against the Tykes and a win on Saturday could lift them out of the drop zone.

Moving into Sunday’s action and arguably the biggest derby of the weekend comes at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City host Cardiff City. The Bluebirds haven’t lost consecutive league games against the Swans since December 1996.

Finishing off the rivalry theme and the last game of the weekend sees Brentford travel 4.5 miles to Queens Park Rangers. The hosts have lost five of their last seven matches against the Bees in all competitions.

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Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United side made sure they capitalised on Ipswich Town’s two defeats in a row with a 4-0 win over Accrington Stanley on Wednesday night, pulling them up to top spot in Sky Bet League One. 

Coventry City are the Posh’s next opponents, and Mark Robins’ side are looking for back-to-back league wins at the Weston Homes Stadium for the first time since 1962.

After their 7-1 midweek to defeat to Doncaster Rovers, Southend United will be hoping that new manager bounce kicks in as soon as possible with Sol Campbell taking the reigns at Roots Hall.

Ipswich Town make the 114-mile round trip to Essex on Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways, although the Shrimpers won 2-0 the last time these two sides met back in March 2007.

Bolton Wanderers got their first win of the season after seeing off Bristol Rovers in impressive style on Tuesday evening; the Wanderers face a difficult trip to Lincoln City, but go there with the knowledge that they haven’t lost to the Imps in five previous outings.

Just sitting outside of the relegation zone are Tranmere Rovers, it was a far from an ideal result in midweek as the Super Whites went down 5-0 to Sunderland AFC.

They welcome Doncaster Rovers to Prenton Park fresh after firing seven past Southend. Rovers have won the last four games in all competitions against Tranmere.

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Sky Bet League Two kicks off with a Devon derby as Plymouth Argyle head to Exeter City in one of the day’s earlier kick-offs. The Green Army have won two of their last three visits to the Grecians in the EFL.

Still sitting at the top of the table, meanwhile, are Crewe Alexandra. The Railwaymen have been impressive this season under manager David Artell and are two points clear at the summit - they head to the New Lawn to take on third-placed Forest Green Rovers.

This will be just the fifth meeting between the two sides in the Football League, with the hosts winning each of the previous four.

Results in recent weeks have seen Cheltenham Town take the initiative and rise to second place in the league standings. Michael Duff’s side head to Grimsby Town with an eye on making it nine games unbeaten in league action.

Towards the foot of the table, Stevenage and Morecambe face each other at the weekend; the Boro have lost just one of their 12 EFL meetings with the Shrimps, and three points will see them leapfrog their opponents and place them into the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, 22nd-placed Scunthorpe United head to Salford City, and 21st-placed Carlisle United make the trip to Leyton Orient, hoping to build on their impressive record of only losing twice in 12 visits to the O’s in the Football League.

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