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Preview: This weekend's action

There's plenty of exciting action in store across the EFL's three divisions!

12 September 2019

The international break is over, meaning a full set of EFL fixtures to look forward to this weekend! Here's what's coming up in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two...

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The action in the Sky Bet Championship kicks off on Friday evening, when Derby County welcome Cardiff City to Pride Park. The Rams are winless in four home games in all competitions. 
 
League leaders Swansea City face Nottingham Forest, looking to strengthen their hold on top spot ahead of the chasing Charlton Athletic and Leeds United. The Addicks will be looking to get the better of Birmingham City and Barnsley respectively, the latter playing in a lunchtime kick-off on Sunday. 
 
Bottom-of-the-table Stoke City are yet to taste victory in the league this season, having only managed one point from six games. Nathan Jones’ side welcome high-flying Bristol City to the bet365 Stadium. Maximum points on Saturday would signify the first time that the Robins have won consecutive away games against the Potters in their history. 
 
Meanwhile, Danny Cowley swapped League One Lincoln City for Huddersfield Town this weekend after three years in charge of the Imps; the 40-year-old’s first taste of Championship football comes against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday at the John Smiths Stadium on Sunday at 12pm.

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The managerial merry-go-round was in full effect last week with Cowley heading to West Yorkshire, and Southend United parting company with Kevin Bond. Both manageress outfits have home fixtures against Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town respectively. 

After seven games in Sky Bet League One, Wycombe Wanderers sit top of the tree after picking up 15 points, with a slightly better goal difference than Coventry City who are level on points. Gareth Ainsworth’s side travel to Gillingham looking to record their first away win at the Gills in the third tier of English Football. 
 
Promotion contenders Ipswich Town host Doncaster Rovers, who sit just one place outside of the Play-Off places. Elsewhere, Peterborough United - who have been impressive in recent weeks - welcome Brian Barry-Murphy’s Rochdale to the ABAX Stadium.
 
The Sky Blues travel to Burton Albion, hoping to pick up all three points to keep the pressure on the impressive Chairboys, while Keith Hill takes his Bolton Wanderers side to Rotherham United looking to record only their second victory at the South Yorkshire outfit, with their last win coming back in 1966 under manager Bill Ridding. 

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Sky Bet League Two has already had its twists and turns and one team leads the way by two points after seven games. Former central defender and now Exeter City boss Matt Taylor has guided his side to 17 points from their opening seven games, and he will no doubt be looking to extend that to a round 20 with three points against Leyton Orient. 
 
Just behind the Grecians sit Newport County and Crewe Alexandra respectively; the Exiles are one of only two sides in League Two that remain unbeaten, they travel to Northampton Town, and the Railwaymen welcome Cambridge United to the Alexandra Stadium, with the visitors looking for their first win in four games. 
 
Scunthorpe United, who were relegated from Sky Bet League One last season, currently sit bottom of the table as it stands having only picked up one point in seven league games. The Iron host 20th-placed Morecambe, and this will be the third time the two sides have met each other in the EFL. 
 
Stevenage and Dino Maamria also parted company this week, after the Boro failed to pick up a win after seven league games. They welcome Carlisle United to Broadhall Way; the Cumbrians have only won one of their last 11 league games. 

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