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Midweek preview: the games to look out for

8 February 2021

There's more EFL action on the way in midweek! Here are some of the standout games coming up...


Rotherham United v Cardiff City

There are just three Sky Bet Championship games on the way across Tuesday and Wednesday this week, one of which is Rotherham United's clash with Cardiff City at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Rotherham have won three of their last four league games to move out of the drop zone and are now just five points behind their 14th-placed opponents. The Bluebirds will be buoyed too, having ended their unbeaten run last time out.

Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe Wanderers

Tuesday's other fixture is a big match at the bottom of the table, as Wycombe Wanderers travel north to take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The sides sit 23rd and 24th respectively, making this a crucial game in the battle to avoid relegation, and having both lost at the weekend, this one represents a great chance to get back to winning ways. These two have only met five times previously, most recently in October 2020, when Wycombe ran out 1-0 winners. 

Reading v Brentford

The final Championship game of midweek comes from The Madejski Stadium, and it's a big one between two sides hoping to continue their respective bids for promotion in 2020/21. Brentford moved back into the automatic promotion places at the weekend, thanks in part to the division's top scorer, Ivan Toney, while Reading sit fourth following a draw against Stoke City. On paper, this looks a very entertaining clash, with the two teams having scored almost 100 league goals between them this season; victory for the hosts would put them just three points behind Brentford, who will be hoping to go top.


Hull City v Lincoln City

League One's top two meet at the KCOM Stadium in midweek, in what could prove to be a massive game as far as the race for promotion is concerned. League leaders Lincoln had the last laugh when the sides went head-to-head in the Papa John's Trophy Quarter-Finals recently, meaning second-placed Hull will be out for revenge here, looking for three points which would move them back to the summit. The Tigers suffered a surprise defeat at Burton Albion last time out, while the Imps were impressive in beating Gillingham 3-0 on the road.

Northampton Town v Wigan Athletic

A key battle at the other end of the table sees 22nd-placed Northampton Town take on 23rd-placed Wigan Athletic, with three points for either side potentially enough to lift them out of the relegation places, depending on results elsewhere. Their last meeting, back in October, was a five-goal thriller, with Northampton running out eventual 3-2 winners. With the table looking as close as ever, both sides will be viewing their latest fixture as vitally important.

Rochdale v MK Dons

Rochdale and MK Dons sit 16th and 18th in the table respectively, and will therefore want to put distance between themselves and the sides below them with a win in midweek. Following a crazy January which brought some equally crazy results, Rochdale suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic last time out, while MK Dons registered an entertaining 2-2 draw against Sunderland AFC. Things are so close that victory for Russell Martin's men could see them jump up into the top half of the standings.


Harrogate Town v Cheltenham Town

Into Sky Bet League Two, where Tuesday's 6pm kick-off pits Harrogate Town against Cheltenham Town. Harrogate are in 14th place and looking up after back-to-back league wins, including a 2-1 victory over promotion hopefuls Newport County, and will be hoping for more of the same against a side looking to get into the top three. Cheltenham sit eighth in the table, just outside the Play-Offs, but are just three points off the automatic promotion spots.

Barrow v Exeter City

A game that is important for both ends of the League Two table sees Barrow take on Exeter City. Barrow sit two points and one place above the drop zone, while Exeter are fifth, but just two points from the automatic promotion places. The Grecians are the top scorers in League Two and have won each of their last two fixtures in the league, seeing off Bradford City last time out. Barrow, on the other hand, have lost their last two, and will be hoping to get back to winning ways here.

Salford City v Cambridge United

League leaders Cambridge United are on the road in midweek, as they travel north to take on ninth-placed Salford City. Prolific pair Paul Mullin and Joe Ironside did the damage for the U's last time out, earning them a third win in four games, while Salford are without a win in three but still undefeated at home, making this an intriguing match-up. These sides have only met three times before, with Salford winning two before Cambridge took all three points in November's reverse fixture.


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