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Preview: the weekend's action!

13 February 2020

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West Bromwich Albion extended their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday night after a 2-1 win over Reading. Slaven Bilic’s men had to do it the hard way, though, as they found themselves 1-0 down after 11 minutes, but goals from Matheus Pereira and Kyle Bartley ensured that the Albion would walk away with the three points. 

They are back on home soil on Saturday, entertaining Sabri Lamouchi’s Nottingham Forest, who were beaten 1-0 by Charlton Athletic last time out. 

Fulham moved level on points with Leeds United after their 1-1 draw with Millwall at The Den, but will be regretting not sealing three points after Aleksander Mitrovic gave the Whites an early lead. Relegation candidates Barnsley are the visitors to Craven Cottage this weekend - they find themselves nine points from safety and sit bottom of the table. 

Leeds were held to a 1-1 draw with fellow promotion candidates Brentford in the week, and face another team in the Play-Off race on Saturday afternoon.

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City are the visitors to Elland Road and will be looking to build on their 3-2 win over Derby County on Wednesday night. The Robins are level on points with Preston North End, who occupy the final Play-Off spot, and three points away from home could provide a foundation for a late-season storm up the table. 


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Rotherham United still lead in the way in Sky Bet League One by a point after the midweek fixtures, but do have two games in hand over second-placed Peterborough United. The Millers are back on home soil at the weekend, welcoming AFC Wimbledon to the ASSEAL New York Stadium and looking for their fourth win on the bounce in league action.

AFC Wimbledon, on the other hand, sit six points outside of the relegation zone with 14 games of the season remaining. A 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town last time out will have pleased manager Glyn Hodges.

As mentioned, Peterborough sit in the second automatic promotion places and put Southend United to the sword on Tuesday evening beating them 4-0, with Ivan Toney amongst the goals once again, bringing his league total up to 23 for the season.

Posh travel to Fleetwood Town, who are also on the rise in the League One standings after their 2-1 win away to Wycombe Wanderers. Joey Barton’s men were down to 10 when Paddy Madden notched a late winner at Adams Park.

Talking of late winners, Coventry City can be added to that list, as they were at it as well in midweek. Matt Godden, who has arguably been one of the players of the season in League One, popped up to break Portsmouth hearts in the 84th minute at the St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

They head to Southend, who are licking their wounds after that 4-0 hammering to Peterborough, and need to find 13 points from somewhere to avoid relegation. 


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Six points separate Swindon Town at the top of the table and Plymouth Argyle in fourth position and, with the Green Army playing second-placed Crewe Alexandra at the weekend, it could be a pivotal matchday in Sky Bet League Two.

Starting with that game, it has all the potential to be the clash of the weekend in the division, and with both teams picking up maximum points in midweek, this game at Home Park could be a season-defining game for either of the two sides.

Swindon also registered three points on Tuesday night with a narrow 1-0 win over Northampton Town at Sixfields. A 77th-minute winner from Jordan Lyden kept Richie Wellens’ side at the top of the league despite pressure from the Railwaymen, who once again left it late to win.

Scunthorpe United are the visitors to the County Ground, looking to bounce back after a 2-0 home defeat to manageress Cambridge United. The Iron have dragged themselves away from the drop zone over the past few weeks and Paul Hurst will be hoping that a few more wins will seal their place in League Two next season.

Macclesfield Town are closer to the relegation zone after defeat to fellow relegation rivals Morecambe at the Globe Arena in midweek; the Silkmen welcome high-flying Exeter City to Moss Rose here, who will also be hoping to claim all three points as they keep the pressure on the two teams above them.


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