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The games to look out for this weekend

2 October 2020

Another weekend of EFL action is just around the corner!

We've picked out just a handful of the big matches taking place across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two...

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The weekend's Championship action begins on Friday evening, as AFC Bournemouth travel to Coventry City, hoping to move top of the table with a win. The Cherries are unbeaten in league action so far and sit fourth in the standings, while Coventry have registered a defeat, win and draw from their opening three games respectively, leaving them 12th ahead of kick-off. Friday's meeting represents the first between the sides since a 2-0 win for Coventry in February 2013.

The team of the moment in the Championship is arguably Blackburn Rovers, who have scored a total of 11 goals in their three league fixtures, including four at Derby County last time out. Up next for Tony Mowbray's men is the visit of Cardiff City to Ewood Park and, if the last meeting between these two is anything to go by, we're in for a treat. Rovers won 3-2 at Cardiff in July, with the division's current top scorer Adam Armstrong netting a Goal of the Season contender.

Perhaps the pick of Saturday's fixtures sees high-flying Reading take on Watford. The hosts are one of just two sides with a 100 per cent record after three games, while Watford are also yet to taste defeat. It's been a fine start for Royals boss Veljko Paunović, and this could well be his toughest test yet, against a side tipped for promotion back to the top flight come the end of the campaign.

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League One's fixture list looks equally exciting, with 12 big games on the way on Saturday afternoon. On that list is Charlton Athletic v Portsmouth, two sides with big ambitions in 2020/21. Both teams have had a tough start to the campaign as far as results are concerned, and will be targeting maximum points here to change the complexion of the early league table.

Elsewhere, two sides with plenty of pedigree go head-to-head on Humberside, as Plymouth Argyle make the long journey north to face Hull City. These two, in particular Hull, have made a good start to life in League One, with the Tigers boasting three wins from three so far and will be full of confidence ahead of their first meeting with Plymouth for over 12 years. Three points for Argyle could take them to within a point and a place of their opponents.

Also among the action are Gillingham, who will be buoyed by victory over Blackpool last time out. The Gills sit just outside the Play-Off places with three games played and, with new signing Dominic Samuel back at the club and firing already, they'll be hoping for more of the same against a Shrewsbury Town side who are yet to get up and running with their first win. 

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Barrow will have plenty of long journeys to make during the 2020/21 season, but Saturday's will be a welcome sight as one of the shorter ones, despite being over 80 miles. Just a point and a place separate David Dunn's side from Carlisle United going into the weekend and, while they've often met in friendlies, the last time they faced off in League football was the spring of 1964. This Cumbrian clash should make for great viewing.

Two teams who have made a solid start to the campaign are Morecambe and Port Vale, who sit fifth and second in the standings respectively and are preparing to meet this in Lancashire weekend. Victory for either side could send them top, which is incentive enough ahead of kick-off. These sides have met just 18 times previously and have a similar record, making it a tough one to call.

Bolton Wanderers' slow start will have come as a surprise to many, and they face an unfamiliar foe this weekend. Just two-and-a-half years ago, Harrogate Town and Bolton sat five divisions apart, but now go head-to-head for the first time in a competitive fixture. After securing promotion to the EFL with Barrow, Ian Evatt took over at Bolton and will no doubt be keen to claim his first win against a Town side who finished the season four points behind his Bluebirds.

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