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Preview: More midweek action!

18 January 2021

After another weekend of thrilling action in the EFL comes to an end, thankfully it doesn’t stop there with more fixtures to come across Tuesday and Wednesday night!


Derby County v AFC Bournemouth 

Wayne Rooney tasted defeat in his first competitive game as Derby County’s permanent manager.

Rotherham United were the winners on Saturday as Jamie Lindsay’s 86th-minute strike was enough to secure three points.

Bournemouth were also on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline at the weekend, also on home soil, as they were beaten by Luton Town.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s effort just after the hour mark saw them run out with all three points.

The game was made slightly easier for the Hatters after 26 minutes, after Jefferson Lerma was given his marching orders.


Norwich City v Bristol City

Norwich City still lead the way in the Sky Bet Championship and picked up another three points in their hunt for promotion, against Cardiff City last time out.

Two goals in twenty two first-half minutes from Grant Hanley and Todd Cantwell made life easier for Daniel Farke’s side at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Meanwhile, Bristol City got back to winning ways with a home win against Preston North End.

That win helped them move to ninth in the league standings, just four points off the Play-Off places.

But the Robins have a game in hand over Stoke City above them. 


Brentford v Luton Town

The Championship action takes place over Tuesday and Wednesday night.

With Brentford playing on the latter, they will know what they need to do in order to catch/overcome Bournemouth who play on Tuesday night.

They face Luton Town who, a few seasons back, they put to the sword by bagging seven goals in an annihilation at Griffin Park.

It has been a season to remember so far for the Hatters, who have gone from strength to strength under Nathan Jones. They currently find themselves in 12th spot.



Hull City v Accrington Stanley

Grant McCann’s Hull City get the action Sky Bet League One under way on Tuesday evening, kicking off their fixture against Accrington Stanley at a slightly earlier time of 5:30pm.

Hull are second in the league, three points off top spot, having drawn their last two games, and will be chomping at the bit to record a victory.

Accrington will be no pushovers though; and being just three points off the Play-Off places, they will be hoping to spring a surprise at the KCOM Stadium.


Peterborough United v Charlton Athletic 

Peterborough United got back to winning ways in league action at the weekend, bouncing back after two draws, one of which were to Saturday’s opponents, MK Dons.

The return fixture back on home soil saw a brace from Sammie Szmodics and one from Jonson Clarke-Harris and resulted in three points from a 3-0 win.

It has been a difficult run of games for Charlton Athletic, who have only managed one win in their last five League One games, though that win came in their last game against Bristol Rovers.

Jake Forster-Caskey helped the 10-men Addicks to the victory, but as we roll into the second half of the season, Lee Bowyer will be asking for more from his men if they want to main their place in the Play-Offs.


Lincoln City v Gillingham 

As mentioned previously, Lincoln City are sitting pretty at the top of the league table and have been mightily impressive this season.

The Imps have only lost once in their last five games, winning three of those fixtures and scoring a combined 11 goals in the process.

Gillingham were victorious last time out against Accrington Stanley, thanks to an impressive strike from Kyle Dempsey.

That win ended a run of three loses and has taken them to 12th spot in League One. 



Cheltenham Town v Newport County

Cheltenham Town still find themselves in the Play-Off places despite not picking up a victory in their last five fixtures in Sky Bet League Two.

Their last victory in league action came back on 5 December, as they saw off Exeter City in a stunning 5-3 victory at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Newport County have been equally disappointing in league action and, like the Robins, have not managed a victory in their last five league games.

However, all is not lost for either of the two sides; with the second half of the season round the corner, both teams will certainly be pushing for promotion.


Southend United v Cambridge United

The bottom of League Two is equally as tight as the top, and Southend United have given themselves a chance of survival in recent weeks.

The Shirmpers have two games in hand over Grimsby Town, who they are level on points with, and with three points on Tuesday night it could see them pull themselves out of the drop zone.

Cambridge have somewhat overcome their slump that saw them momentarily drop out of contention, but now are only a point off top spot.

The U’s have played two more games than those above them, but some say it is better to have points on the board rather than chasing them.


Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers are level on points with Cambridge, having played one game fewer than their counterparts. But only one win in their last five games will be of concern to Mark Cooper.

They travel to Prenton Park on Tuesday night to take on Tranmere Rovers, who have also only won one game in their last five league fixtures.

Keith Hill’s side are seven points off that final Play-Off spot, which is currently occupied by Leyton Orient, and will be hoping to rise up the table with victory here.

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