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EFL preview: the games to look out for in midweek

2 November 2020

It's a case of new month, same excitement as we prepare for another round of fixtures across the EFL this midweek.

The first matchday of November promises to be a big one, and below are just a selection of the key games to look out for on Tuesday evening...

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Brentford v Swansea City

Two sides coming into midweek on the back of a victory, Brentford and Swansea City looks a fantastic match on paper. Brentford are just a point outside the Play-Offs having reached the Final last season, and are four points behind the second-placed Swans, who are without a defeat in four league games. In the Bees ranks is the division's joint-top scorer, Ivan Toney, who will be hoping to take his tally for the season into double figures here.

Blackburn Rovers v Middlesbrough 

Two of the League's most experienced managers go head-to-head on Tuesday in front of the Sky Sports cameras as Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray prepares to take on his old club Middlesbrough, managed by none other than Neil Warnock. These two have had contrasting fortunes of late; for Rovers it's one win in five, while Boro are fifth in the standings after their third win in four league games.

Norwich City v Millwall

Norwich City are going about their business quietly but certainly caught the eye when beating Bristol City in Saturday's early kick-off. Next up for the fourth-placed Canaries are Millwall, who are just outside the Play-Off places on goal difference and will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Huddersfield last time out. Their last league meeting at Carrow Road ended 4-3... could we see another classic in midweek?

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Shrewsbury Town v Burton Albion

While it might be too early to call this one a six-pointer, there's no doubt that these two sides will be giving it their all to secure maximum points on Tuesday night. Both find themselves in the Sky Bet League One relegation places and, with just goal difference separating them, this game represents a real chance to claim a confidence-boosting win. This will be the 15th competitive meeting between the teams.

Lincoln City v Portsmouth

Both Lincoln City and Portsmouth have enjoyed strong starts to the 2020/21 campaign but will be looking to get back on track after losing at the weekend to Doncaster Rovers and Charlton Athletic respectively. Lincoln remain level on points with leaders Peterborough United despite that setback, while Pompey could move into the top five if results go their way in midweek. This could be a close one to call.

Sunderland AFC v Ipswich Town

There's a heavyweight clash on the cards on Tuesday as second-placed Ipswich Town make the long journey north to face Sunderland AFC, who currently sit sixth. Both came through tricky tests at the weekend to keep their respective promotion pushes on course, and it was Sunderland who came out on top in this fixture back in February, securing a narrow 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

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Cambridge United v Salford City

In Sky Bet League Two, a pair of sides with big ambitions go head-to-head as Salford City travel to Cambridge United. Salford looked impressive in beating Oldham Athletic last time out and will head south full of confidence but, despite defeat at the weekend, Cambridge possess real fire power and have two of the division's top scorers in their ranks. Victory for the visitors would reduce the gap between the sides to just a point.

Carlisle United v Newport County

Newport County are flying high at the top of the table, and their next test comes in the form of eighth-placed Carlisle United. County extended their lead at the summit to five points by beating Harrogate Town last time out to claim their fifth straight league win, while Carlisle will be hoping their narrow defeat a Exeter City was just a blip. The Cumbrians won this fixture 2-0 back in March and will be looking for more of the same.

Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient have been going under the radar but have now won three of their last four league games, including an impressive 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers last time out. All of a sudden, they're within three points of their next opponents, Forest Green Rovers, who dropped to sixth after losing to Gloucestershire rivals Cheltenham Town at the weekend. Will Orient's rise up the table continue, or can the hosts move into the automatics?


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