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Five games to watch out for at the weekend!

31 December 2020

There are some massive games on the way this weekend across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two!

Swansea City v Watford

3rd v 5th lock horns on Saturday afternoon with Watford travelling to Swansea City looking to take three points back down the M4 with them.

The hosts have won three of their last five games in the Sky Bet Championship and are a point off that last automatic promotion place.

Watford on the other hand need those three points to keep up with the pace being set by league leaders Norwich and second-placed Brentford respectively.

The Hornets did in fact beat the Canaries on Boxing Day in Xisco Munoz’s first game in charge.


Hull City v Charlton Athletic

Hull City have been replaced at the top of Sky Bet League One in recent weeks, with Lincoln City and Portsmouth rising above them to take first and second respectively.

It is no surprise that Grant McCann’s side have surrendered top spot, having lost their last three games in league action, one of those games to the aforementioned Portsmouth.

Charlton Athletic on the other hand find themselves just inside the Play-Off places, having drawn their last two games.

Both of those fixtures finished 2-2, against Swindon Town at the County Ground and Plymouth Argyle at the Valley.


Grimsby Town v Cambridge United 

Grimsby Town re-appointed former manager Paul Hurst in midweek, following on from the resignation of Ian Holloway on the 23rd of December.

Hurst has managed Shrewsbury Town, Ipswich Town and Scunthorpe United since leaving Blundell Park back in 2016.

He will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to get back to former glories with the Mariners.

Cambridge United are the visitors on Saturday, and have had a torrid time of late in league action, losing three of their five fixtures.

However they did record victories over Leyton Orient and Colchester United in the run, so it isn’t all doom and gloom for Mark Bonner’s men.


Stoke City v Bournemouth AFC

The late game in the Championship on Saturday night comes from the bet365 Stadium as Stoke City host AFC Bournemouth.

The Potteries have certainly been one of the surprises packages in the league and find themselves just two points outside of the Play-Off places after 22 games.

Jason Tindall’s Bournemouth are firmly in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot, which would have been theirs if they would have managed to overcome Brentford last time out.

That wasn’t to be, but their never say die attitude will come in handy in the second half of the season.


AFC Wimbledon v Lincoln City

League One league leaders Lincoln City travel to the new-look Plough Lane to take on AFC Wimbledon in their first game of the new year.

Michael Appleton’s side are three points clear of Portsmouth and four clear of Hull City, although the Tigers do have a game in hand over their counterparts.

The Imps put five past now-managerless Burton Albion on Boxing Day, that coming after scoring four goals against Northampton Town.

They certainly finished the year with the bit between their teeth.

AFC Wimbledon have lost four of their last five games in League One with their last win coming on the 2nd of December against Peterborough United.

It has been a season to remember so far for Dons striker Joe Pigott, he is only two goals off the top of the goal scoring charts, finding the back of the net 10 times this campaign.

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