The EFL action continues this weekend, with fixtures taking place across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two!
Swansea City v Norwich City
The action in the Sky Bet Championship kicks off on Friday evening as Swansea City welcome league leaders Norwich City to the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans have closed the gap on the Canaries in recent weeks, picking up wins when Norwich City have faltered and now sit just five points behind them with a game in hand.
However, this fixture hasn’t been kind to them in the past, with Steve Cooper’s side losing their last three league games against Norwich, scoring just once and conceding six times.
On the flip side, this fixture has been a good one for Daniel Farke’s men in recent times; the last meeting between Swansea and Norwich at Liberty Stadium was 4-1 victory for the Canaries in November 2018 during their promotion-winning season in 2018/19.
Coventry City v Watford
Saturday’s earlier fixture sees promotion-chasing Watford travel north to take on Coventry City and, being just four points off second place, the Hornets will be keen to put the pressure on the rest of the pack by picking up three early points in league action.
The Sky Blues haven’t hosted Watford for a game in any competition since August 2011, drawing 0-0 at the Ricoh Arena.
Both teams were on the end of a wrong scoreline last time out with Coventry losing 2-1 against Nottingham Forest, while Watford were beaten by Queens Park Rangers on home soil by the same scoreline.
The Hornets’ Ismaila Sarr has found the net in both of their last two victories over Coventry, netting the first goal in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win and the winning goal in the 3-2 win in the Championship.
Bristol City v Cardiff City
It is the Severnside Derby on Saturday afternoon with Bristol City set to host Cardiff City at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City are just three points off AFC Bournemouth who occupy that final Play-Off spot in the Championship, and the Robins are looking to win four consecutive home in league action for the first time since February 2019.
The Bluebirds, on the other hand, are winless in their last seven Championship matches, their longest league run at this level since February 2015 (also seven without a win).
A win in this fixture for Mick McCarthy’s side would see them pick up their first win in 2021, and in hand would see him pick up his first victory since taking over from Neil Harris towards the end of last month.
Burton Albion v Hull City
Moving our attention to Sky Bet League One now, where it is bottom against top as Burton Albion take on Hull City on Saturday afternoon.
This will be the fourth meeting between the Brewers and the Tigers in the EFL. The home side have lost all their previous meetings against the visitors in the league.
Burton are seven points from safety and a win against the league leaders could provide them with the inspiration that they need to get back on the bike, and produce that second-half-of-the-season escape.
Fortunes have certainly taken an upturn for Grant McCann’s side of late, after a run of just one win in seven league games, Hull have won three of their last four in League One.
Doncaster Rovers v Oxford United
Doncaster Rovers are one of the form teams in the division and even managed to topple rivals Lincoln City in their last league game, in one of their most dramatic League One games in recent years.
A 1-0 win at the LNER Stadium closed the gap on the Imps to just three points, but the game will be remembered for the incredible two penalty saves produced by Rovers goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe.
Darren Moore’s outfit have won their last four matches in League One; the last time they won five in a row in the EFL was in January 2017.
Oxford United, on the other hand, have put their early season slump behind them and all of a sudden put themselves in with a huge chance of making the Play-Off places once again in League One.
Karl Robinson’s side have won each of their last seven league games, their longest winning run in League history, and now just sit three points off Sunderland AFC who occupy that final Play-Off spot.
Wigan Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
A real ‘six-pointer’ is set to take place as Wigan Athletic host AFC Wimbledon at the DW Stadium.
This will be the third meeting between the sides in League One. The hosts are unbeaten, having won one and drawn the other.
AFC Wimbledon are winless in their last 11 League One games, the longest current run in the division and recently parted company with manager Glyn Hodges.
A win for either side, depending on results elsewhere, could see them escape the drop zone.
Barrow v Cambridge United
While it’s closer than ever, it’s Cambridge United who are holding onto first position in League Two, with the likes of Forest Green Rovers and Carlisle United hot on their tail.
There are just five points separating top spot and Newport County in seventh, the final Play-Off spot in the division.
The U’s travel to Barrow on Saturday and are unbeaten in their last four league games against them, but the hosts have never lost a home league fixture against Cambridge (W1 D1), winning the first such encounter between the two sides with a 2-1 margin.
Salford City v Bolton Wanderers
It’s an all-North West clash as Salford City host Bolton Wanderers at the Peninsula Stadium. Richie Wellens’ outfit are currently winless in their last three league matches, their longest such run of the season.
The Trotters haven’t won any of their last three league games away from home, this coming after a run of three wins in four on the road in League Two beforehand.
The sides sit ninth and 19th in the table respectively ahead of kick-off.
Tranmere Rovers v Port Vale
Tranmere Rovers are part of that cluster of teams that are vying for promotion to Sky Bet League One and have a fantastic chance of achieving it.
Keith Hill’s side are currently on a three-game unbeaten streak at home in the league, scoring a minimum of two goals during this run. Their last loss in a home league game was to Bradford City in December 2020.
Port Vale are the visitors to Prenton Park at the weekend and sit comfortably in mid-table, however the Valiants are without a win in their last five League Two matches away from home, failing to score in three of those games.