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Preview: what's on the way this weekend?

11 February 2021

There's another weekend of EFL action on the way, and it all begins on Friday night!

Take a look through some of the standout games taking place across the three divisions below...


Blackburn Rovers v Preston North End 

This Lancashire derby kicks off the weekend's action on Friday night, and looks set to be a cracker. Blackburn Rovers know that victory would lift them up to seventh and within three points of the Play-Offs, while a win for Preston North End would move them level on points with Tony Mowbray's men. Separated by just 13 miles off the pitch, who will be the difference on it?

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City

These sides might be at opposite ends of the table, but both have won three of their last four league games ahead of Saturday's meeting at Hillsborough. The hosts are above the drop zone on goal difference alone as things stand and will be eager to register three more points here, while the carrot for Swansea is potentially a place back in the top two, depending on results elsewhere. 

Brentford v Barnsley 

Sunday sees high-flying Brentford host a Barnsley side looking for a first league win in 2021, though maximum points for the Tykes would put them right in the mix with the sides above them. Brentford's big win at fellow promotion hopefuls Reading on Wednesday means they're top of the tree heading into the weekend, and it's at the top where they'll be hoping to stay come full-time.


Northampton Town v Burton Albion

The bottom two meet this weekend, in what both sides will be viewing as a crucial clash. Northampton Town are one of four sides on 24 points ahead of Saturday's action, while 24th-placed Burton Albion are five points behind them, but with a game in hand. Despite their league position, it's Burton who are in the better form, having notched two wins from their last three, but who will come out on top here?

Crewe Alexandra v Portsmouth

Crewe Alexandra are one of a number of Clubs on the fringes of the League One Play-Offs, and face a tough test this weekend when Portsmouth come to town. Crewe are just three points off the top six, while Pompey are two points from the automatic promotion places, making this an important meeting for both sides. 

Sunderland AFC v Doncaster Rovers

Two sides gunning for promotion this season go head-to-head at the Stadium of Light, as seventh-placed Sunderland AFC take on Doncaster Rovers, who sit fifth. Both sides will come into this game on the back of a defeat - to Shrewsbury Town and Fleetwood Town respectively - and will be hoping to get back on track. This will be just the 10th competitive meeting between the sides. 


Cambridge United v Southend United

If Cambridge United's 4-1 defeat at Salford City in midweek made things interesting at the top, Southend United's win at Newport County certainly made things interesting at the bottom. The U's remain top of the table and will be hoping to stop Southend springing another surprise after they moved off the bottom on Tuesday. The stakes are high at both ends!

Bradford City v Salford City

That win for Salford City means they're ninth going into the weekend but, such is the competitiveness of League Two, the Ammies are just three points off the automatic promotion places. Next up for Richie Wellens' men is a trip to 20th-placed Bradford City, who saw their midweek trip to Scunthorpe United abandoned due to heavy snow. It's equally close in the bottom half, with Bradford just three points behind 13th-placed Oldham Athletic.

Walsall v Cheltenham Town

Third-placed Cheltenham know they could move to within a point of the summit this weekend, when they face 11th-placed Walsall. The hosts could be a tough nut to crack though; they're unbeaten in four and could move to within three points of the Play-Offs themselves, depending on other results. Cheltenham have won each of the last three meetings between the sides.


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