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Preview: This weekend's EFL action

EFL action resumes this weekend with plenty of excitement in store...

26 September 2019

There's another fantastic weekend of EFL action in store, and it all begins with three fixtures on Friday evening...

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A bumper weekend of Sky Bet Championship action includes three televised fixtures, starting with Friday's encounter between Stoke City and Nottingham Forest.

Despite being winless in their last 14 Championship games, Stoke have an unbeaten record against Forest at the bet365 Stadium that stretches back to 1994. However, with the away side unbeaten in their last five fixtures on the road, it will be a challenging test for Nathan Jones' side as they look to register their first win of the League season.

Front-runners Leeds United continue to impress under Marcelo Bielsa, but face a difficult trip to the capital this weekend against Charlton Athletic. No player has scored more Championship goals this season than the Addicks' Lyle Taylor, as Lee Bowyer's side have seemingly made the step up from League One look effortless so far. 

Menacing on their travels, Leeds have won all four of their away league games this season.

Elsewhere, 3rd v 7th sees Preston North End host Bristol City in a fixture between two sides unbeaten in their last five league games, whilst Swansea City will be hoping to keep the pressure up on Leeds at the top as they face Reading. At the bottom, Danny Cowley's Huddersfield Town side will be aiming for their first three points of the season at home to Millwall.

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League leaders Ipswich Town face Tranmere Rovers at Portman Road this weekend, with striker James Norwood in the spotlight.

The former Rovers man scored 32 goals in 53 appearances last season for the away side, and has continued his hot streak for Ipswich this season. At the other end of the pitch, the Tractor Boys are looking to keep a clean sheet in six successive league games for the first time in their history.

Coventry City resume their campaign after a fixture-less week last time out as they host Doncaster Rovers. 

The home side have a 100% record at the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, whilst Rovers have only won three of their past 13 trips to the Sky Blues. However, an impressive victory against Peterborough last weekend will give Darren Moore's side confidence heading into this one.

A first-ever league meeting between Sunderland and MK Dons takes place this weekend with their previous encounters coming in the Carabao Cup, whilst Wycombe Wanderers, looking to continue their impressive start to the campaign, travel to Rochdale.

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Two of the top three collide, as Cheltenham Town host Crewe Alexandra in what promises to be an intriguing contest between two high-scoring sides.

Such has been Cheltenham's positive start, they have equalled their record points tally in the EFL after ten fixtures, whilst Crewe have only managed more points at this stage once in their history, back in 1938/39. It's safe to say they're two teams in form.

The only side currently above them is Exeter City, who still remain undefeated. They welcome Grimsby Town to St James Park this weekend.

However, only two of the previous ten sides to start a season in League Two without a defeat in their opening ten fixtures have gone on to win promotion. Can the Grecians buck that trend?

Two teams to come down from League One last season collide on Saturday, and it's fair to say they have suffered contrasting fortunes.

Scunthorpe United currently sit 23rd in the table, whilst opponents Bradford City are experiencing somewhat of a resurgence under Gary Bowyer. The Bantams did the league double over Scunthorpe last season, something the home side would like to rectify.

Elsewhere, Mansfield Town welcome Plymouth Argyle to Field Mill, whilst bottom club Stevenage host Cambridge United.

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