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A look ahead to this weekend's biggest games

10 December 2020

Local derbies, six-pointers and more! This weekend's EFL action is just around the corner, and we've taken a closer look at a few of the standout matches...

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Cardiff City v Swansea City

They don't get much bigger than this! Saturday's early kick-off pits two promotion-chasing rivals against each other in South Wales, as Cardiff City take on Swansea City. Victory for ninth-placed Cardiff would be their fifth in a row in the league, while Swansea sit fourth and could move into the top two with maximum points here. With bragging rights also at stake, this is set to be an unmissable clash.

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley

This all-Yorkshire affair represents an important game for both sides. Sheffield Wednesday sit bottom of the pile and manager Tony Pulis is still looking for his first win since taking over at the club, while two wins from three league games means opponents Barnsley are 16th. Four of the last five meetings between these two have ended level, but both will be targeting a win this weekend.

Wycombe Wanderers v Coventry City 

Coventry City are unbeaten in six league games going into this weekend's clash against second-bottom Wycombe Wanderers, but will be aware that defeat would close the gap between the sides to just four points. Victory, however, would have the Sky Blues looking up, with things looking tight in the bottom half of the standings. Of the 10 previous meetings between these two, Coventry have won nine...

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Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham

Just one point separates eighth-placed Doncaster Rovers and 11th-placed Gillingham going into this clash on Saturday, with both sides within touching distance of the division's Play-Off places. Gillingham are among the form teams in League One, having won four of their last five league matches, while Doncaster have two wins from their last three, making this a game to keep an eye on.

Ipswich Town v Portsmouth

It's third against fourth in League One on Saturday afternoon, as Ipswich Town take on Portsmouth at Portman Road. Like Doncaster and Gillingham, these two are separated by just one point ahead of kick-off, and the added incentive for the hosts - dependent on other results - is a place in the top two. Both teams also come into this on the back of a win, making it undoubtedly one of the fixtures of the weekend in prospect.

Lincoln City v Sunderland AFC

Another of the weekend's standout games sees high-flying Lincoln City welcome Lee Johnson and Sunderland AFC to the LNER Stadium. Lincoln have won their last three league games and could go top if results go their way, but face a tough task against a Black Cats side determined to get back on track and potentially back into the Play-Off places with three points here. Who will come out on top? 

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Forest Green Rovers v Cambridge United

It's third meets seventh in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday, as Cambridge United travel west to take on Forest Green Rovers, looking to reignite their promotion push. The visitors are now without a win in four but remain right in the mix, while Forest Green know they could go second if results go their way. Forest Green have won four of the five previous meetings between the sides.

Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town

Level on points at the wrong end of the table going into the weekend, this clash is a big one for both Grimsby Town and Mansfield Town, who will be looking to put more distance between themselves and the drop zone. Recent games between these two have been tight, with the away side winning 1-0 on each of the last three occasions, including a narrow win for Grimsby back in January.

Salford City v Cheltenham Town

Salford City dropped out of the Play-Off places and the Papa John's Trophy in midweek but could jump as many as three places in League Two with a win this weekend. It won't be easy for Richie Wellens' men against second-placed Cheltenham Town, though. They've won four of their last five league games and scored five goals on their last outing against fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter City. 


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