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Weekend preview: EFL action!

23 January 2020

The EFL action continues this weekend, with fixtures taking place across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two!

Here's a look at what's coming up, starting with the Championship...

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With teams participating in the FA Cup fourth round, there's just one scheduled Championship fixture on the way on Saturday, and it comes from Staffordshire as Stoke City take on Swansea City. 

Both sides come into this game on the back of an important victory. Stoke's victory over league leaders West Bromwich Albion on their last outing provided a huge boost in their battle at the bottom of the table, while Swansea's win against Wigan Athletic has kept them firmly in the Play-Off hunt.

October's reverse fixture between the sides saw Stoke run out 2-1 winners in South Wales, in turn claiming their first victory of the campaign. The points were sealed in the very last minute of normal time, thanks to Scott Hogan's close-range effort.

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There are six games on the way in League One, including a couple of clashes which could prove crucial in the battle for promotion at the top. It all begins on Friday evening, with Doncaster Rovers' trip to Sunderland AFC.

Peterborough United have got another big test on their hands on Saturday, as they prepare to take on leaders Rotherham United. Free-scoring Rotherham have found the net three times in each of their last two league games, including in their 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers last weekend.

Here's what's coming up on Saturday...

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It's a similar story in League Two, where a number of eye-catching clashes are scheduled to take place this weekend. Exeter City go into the weekend level on points with leaders Swindon Town, but face a Colchester United side who harbour promotion ambitions of their own following an excellent unbeaten run.

Fresh from their first away victory of the campaign, struggling Stevenage will be hoping to back up their most recent league result with another against high-flying Plymouth Argyle. Three points for the away side could move them into the automatic promotion places.

There's also an all-North West match-up on the cards too, with Salford City hosting Oldham Athletic. Salford reached the Semi-Finals of the Leasing.com Trophy at the expense of League One side Accrington Stanley in midweek and will be full of confidence, while Oldham are without a win since Boxing Day.

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