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A look ahead to the weekend action

17 September 2020

With league football well and truly under way once again, it's back to business this weekend with fixtures across the EFL's three divisions.

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Following a thrilling opening weekend in the Sky Bet Championship last time out, the action continues with a host of mouth-watering matches, starting on Friday evening.

Queens Park Rangers, who secured an impressive 2-0 win over promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest last time out to become the early league leaders, travel to newly promoted Coventry City, whose 2-1 defeat at Bristol City last weekend represented a difficult start to life back in the division.

It was a similar story for new boys Wycombe Wanderers on the opening day, as they suffered a late defeat against Rotherham United. Gareth Ainsworth takes his side north to face boyhood club Blackburn Rovers, who will feel they could and perhaps should have got something from last weekend's tricky trip to AFC Bournemouth, which ended in a 3-2 defeat.

Elsewhere, Derby County will be hoping to bounce back from an early setback - last weekend's 2-0 defeat against Reading - when they head to Luton Town, while promotion favourites Watford are on the road and up against Sheffield Wednesday, who also secured maximum points on the opening day with victory over Cardiff City.

Finally, Sunday's action pits Stoke City - looking for their first win after a goalless draw with Millwall last time out - against Bristol City in Staffordshire. 

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There are 11 fixtures on the way this Saturday in Sky Bet League One, with Swindon Town and Accrington Stanley making up the top two following the action across the opening weekend.

For last season's League Two champions Swindon - who won handsomely against Rochdale last time out - it's a trip to Blackpool, who lost narrowly at newly promoted Plymouth Argyle in their curtain-raiser. Meanwhile, Accrington travel south to take on Burton Albion, a side also looking for their first win.

The likes of Charlton Athletic, Hull City and Ipswich Town will all be hoping to be there or there abouts come the end of the campaign and all made winning starts; this weekend sees them take on Doncaster Rovers, Crewe Alexandra and Bristol Rovers respectively. Elsewhere, promotion hopefuls Oxford United and Sunderland AFC meet at the Kassam Stadium.

There's one fixture on the way on Sunday, with Portsmouth's trip to Rochdale a 3pm kick-off. For Pompey, it's a chance to kick-start their season after a goalless draw with Shrewsbury Town on the opening day.

 

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Last, but certainly not least, all 12 League Two fixtures will be played on Saturday afternoon, after an opening day to remember last time out.

Harrogate Town are the surprise early leaders in the division after putting in an incredible performance to beat Southend United 4-0 on their EFL debut, and they'll be looking for more of the same when they host Walsall, who beat Grimsby Town last weekend. Barrow made a steady start on their return to the League after a long absence, picking up a point against Stevenage, and face a mammoth trip to Newport County here. 

The other big winners on the opening day were Cambridge United, with three goals earning them three points against Carlisle United. The U's are off to Morecambe on Saturday, who also picked up a positive result in their first game, beating last season's Play-Off Semi-Finalists Cheltenham Town 2-1 on the road.

Elsewhere, Port Vale will head to Exeter City full of confidence after a 2-0 opening-day victory over Crawley Town, while Forest Green Rovers take on Bradford City, buoyed by a big victory at promotion favourites Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

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