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Preview: Midweek EFL action!

19 October 2020

The weekend's EFL football may still be fresh in the memory, but attention will now quickly turn to the midweek action, with plenty of big fixtures on the way across Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

Here are just a selection of the fixtures to look out for, division by division...


Millwall v Luton Town

It's seventh versus sixth on Tuesday evening, as Luton Town make the 50-mile trip south to face Millwall at The Den, in what promises to be an entertaining game. The sides had mixed fortunes at the weekend, with the Lions coming from behind to beat Wycombe Wanderers and the Hatters losing out at home to Stoke City, meaning just one point and one place separate the two going into this midweek clash. Millwall won this fixture 3-1 when the sides met on New Year's Day.

Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth

Wednesday evening brings a meeting between two teams with big ambitions in 2020/21, as Cardiff City welcome unbeaten AFC Bournemouth to South Wales. The Cherries will be among the favourites for promotion and were held at home by Queens Park Rangers last time out, while last season's Play-Off Semi-Finalists Cardiff are two points off those Play-Off places after a narrow win at Preston North End on Sunday. It's over five years since these two last faced off in the Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford

Two teams buoyed by weekend wins go head-to-head on Wednesday night, with Brentford heading north to take on Sheffield Wednesday. A Barry Bannan penalty was enough to give the Owls victory over Birmingham City on Saturday, while Brentford breezed past Coventry City with an Ivan Toney double. The striker's goals will be more important than ever following the departure of star man Said Benrahma to Premier League West Ham United; can Brentford go one better after losing out in the Play-Off Final last season?


Accrington Stanley v Fleetwood Town

It's an all-Lancashire clash under the floodlights as Fleetwood Town make the short trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night. Fleetwood's form has shown signs of picking up after a slow start, while Stanley suffered a setback against the league leaders last time out following back-to-back wins, making this a tough one to call. This will be the 10th competitive meeting between the sides; both have won four of the nine to date, and they also met in last season's EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals. 

Doncaster Rovers v Ipswich Town

Two sides going well at the start of the 2020/21 campaign will face off in South Yorkshire in midweek, as table-topping Ipswich Town travel to seventh-placed Doncaster Rovers, looking to maintain their unbeaten run. Paul Lambert's men have won five and drawn one of their six games so far, with Gwion Edwards in particular in fine form in front of goal, while Doncaster have won three of their last four matches, including a narrow victory at Portsmouth last time out. The Tractor Boys will have fond memories of winning 6-0 at Doncaster in 2011, and 4-1 on their last visit in 2015.

Lincoln City v Plymouth Argyle

Just two points separate Lincoln City and Plymouth Argyle ahead of their meeting on Tuesday evening, with both sides having made a positive start to the season. Lincoln sit third in the table but are without a win in two, while Plymouth have won back-to-back games to occupy the final Play-Off spot. These two sides haven't met in league action since 2002 and have a pretty even record from their previous 43 clashes. Lincoln could go top with a win, while victory for Plymouth would see them leapfrop the Imps.


Barrow v Bolton Wanderers

These are two sides in need of a win, with one point and two places separating them at the wrong end of the League Two table ahead of what is their first-ever league meeting. This clash represents a chance for Barrow to claim their first win since returning to the League, something Bolton will be looking to avoid after suffering defeat to previously-winless Oldham Athletic last time out. The only previous meeting between these two came in the FA Cup in 1991, with Bolton running out 1-0 winners.

Cambridge United v Port Vale

League leaders Cambridge United are back in action in midweek, but face a tricky test against a Port Vale side who got back to winning ways at the weekend and sit just outside the Play-Offs. It's so tight at the top that victory for the visitors would take them level on points with their opponents, but Cambridge will undoubtedly look to pull away from the chasing pack. Vale won the last meeting between the sides, which came last August at their home ground, Vale Park.

Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United

While Cambridge sit top, the form team in the division is Carlisle United, who have won each of their last three games and sit fifth after six games. Their 3-2 win over last season's Play-Off Semi-Finalists Colchester United last time out was a statement of intent, but they'll be wary of slipping up against an Oldham side buoyed by that win at Bolton on Saturday, one which has lifted them to 19th in the table. Both sides will be targeting maximum points once again here.


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