With majority of the EFL in FA Cup action this weekend, we’ve picked out five standout fixtures from the remaining games.
Charlton Athletic v Accrington Stanley
Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic side tasted defeat in their first game of 2021, as Hull City ran out 2-0 winners at the KCOM Stadium.
The Addicks have won just one of their last five fixtures in league action, and will be hoping to get back on a winning run as soon as possible.
They welcome Accrington Stanley to the Valley on Friday night, a side who are just two points off that final Play-Off spot, which Charlton currently occupy.
John Coleman’s men have only tasted one defeat in their last five games.
Lincoln City v Peterborough United
First versus fifth takes centre stage in Sky Bet League One at the weekend, as Lincoln City welcome Peterborough United to the LNER Stadium.
The Imps are top, four points ahead of second-placed Hull City, but have played one more game than their counterparts.
Posh, on the other hand, are just inside the Play-Offs places and Darren Ferguson’s men will undoubtedly be chomping at the bit to get more points on the board.
You’ll be able to catch the game on Sky Sports Football; kick-off is 12:15pm on Saturday afternoon.
Carlisle United v Leyton Orient
Carlisle United took top spot with a 2-0 win against Walsall last time out, capitalising on Newport County’s postponed fixture against Southend United to claim their third victory in five games.
They have been mightily impressive under Chris Beech, who has been nominated for the December Manager of the Month award.
Leyton Orient have put a run of three defeats behind them with two wins on the bounce in recent weeks.
First, they recorded a victory over Southend United, before following it up with a 1-0 win against Salford City.
This weekend’s fixture kicks off at 1pm on Saturday afternoon.
Salford City v Colchester United
Richie Wellens’ first few months in charge at Salford City have delivered signs of what he will hope are good things to come.
The Ammies are just one point behind Derek Adams’ Morecambe and have two games in hand over some of the other teams above them in the table.
Colchester have hit a rough patch of late, having not recorded a win in their last five games, with three of those fixtures ending in defeat.
Steve Ball will undoubtedly be looking to pick up the pace and finish his maiden season in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off places.
Southend United v Barrow AFC
Three wins in their last five league games have seen Southend United give themselves more than a fighting chance when it comes to surviving relegation.
The Shrimpers are still four points from safety but have two games in hand over those above them in the league standings.
Southend’s resurgence has been recognised with Mark Moseley being nominated for December’s League Two Manager of the Month award.
Barrow appointed former Grimsby Town manager Michael Jollie as David Dunn’s replacement towards the end of 2020; his message would have been a clear one: ‘let’s keep the Bluebirds in the EFL’.
His side are level on points with the drop zone, which is coincidentally occupied by his old employers, making it a huge few months ahead for 43-year-old.