It's time to get ready for the weekend's EFL action once again!
Here are just a handful of the matches to look out for this weekend, starting on Friday evening...
Coventry City v Birmingham City
The Sky Bet Championship action begins on Friday evening, with Coventry City taking on Birmingham City in front of the Sky Sports cameras. This will be the first league meeting between the sides since March 2012, a game which ended 1-1 and, with both coming into this game following back-to-back defeats, they'll be looking to get back to winning ways here. Don't forget to listen out for the Papa John's Trophy Round Two draw, which will take place on talkSPORT2 ahead of kick-off.
AFC Bournemouth v Reading
AFC Bournemouth go into Saturday's early kick-off having suffered just one defeat in the Championship this season (W5 D5), their lowest number of defeats at this stage of a league campaign since 1986/87. While Reading may have lost three in a row, they still sit top of the table and could open up a four-point gap with victory at the Vitality Stadium, setting this up to be a great game in prospect.
Bristol City v Derby County
Derby County's interim coaching team, including captain Wayne Rooney, could be in charge for Saturday's trip to Bristol City, following the recent dismissal of Phillip Cocu. The Rams have won just one of their 11 league games this season and will be hoping to change their fortunes, but face a tough test against a City side that could move to the top of the standings if other results go their way.
Gillingham v Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic have won their last six league games, keeping five clean sheets in the process. They last won more consecutively back in September 2009, making them the team to beat in Sky Bet League One. They're up against Gillingham in Saturday's early kick-off , and could go top with a big win. The Gills' 1-0 win at Crewe Alexandra last time out ended a run of five straight league defeats, and they'll now be hoping to go on a run themselves.
Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland AFC
Doncaster Rovers have never won a league match against Sunderland (D1 L5), with their goalless draw at the Stadium of Light last season the first point they’ve picked up against the Black Cats, but they're in the mix again this season and sit just four points behind their next opponents. Sunderland will be hoping to avoid defeat in consecutive league games for the first time since December 2019, and could go as high as second with maximum points in this one.
Fleetwood Town v Plymouth Argyle
Fleetwood Town have lost just one of their last 18 home league games (W10 D7) - a 1-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon in September - and welcome Plymouth Argyle to Highbury Stadium this weekend. Argyle drew 2-2 against Portsmouth on Monday night, meaning these two are separated by goal difference only ahead of kick-off. A win for either side could take them into the Play-Off places...
Mansfield Town v Colchester United
There's Friday night football on the way in Sky Bet League Two, as Nigel Clough's Mansfield Town take on high-flying Colchester United. Mansfield picked up their first league win of the season last time out against Forest Green Rovers, last winning back-to-back league games back in October 2019, while their visitors have won four of their last five league games and sit just three points off the automatic promotion spots.
Crawley Town v Carlisle United
Saturday's early kick-off pits ninth-placed Crawley Town against sixth-placed Carlisle United, in what looks like an entertaining match on paper. Carlisle have never lost away against Crawley in the Football League, winning three and drawing four of their seven visits, and know that victory could take them into the top three, but Crawley are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games (W10 D4).
Newport County v Port Vale
Last but not least, leaders Newport County take on eighth-placed Port Vale, who are looking to bounce back from a home defeat to Scunthorpe United in midweek. County have won each of their last seven home league games, their best run in the Football League since a run of nine between November 1977-March 1978, while Vale are looking to win three consecutive away league games for the first time since March 2015. Who will come out on top?
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