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A look ahead to the EFL weekend action

21 October 2021

Midweek brought about some big results across the three divisions but all is still to play for this weekend as the EFL action resumes.

We take a look at what’s coming up in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two…


All eyes will be on the Lancashire derby this weekend, as Blackpool host local rivals Preston North End at Bloomfield Road for the first time in over a decade. The Tangerines left it late to secure maximum points against Reading in midweek, whilst the Lilywhites come into the clash on the back of a hard-fought victory over Coventry City in the Championship.

Neil Warnock returns to his old stomping ground, as Middlesbrough travel to Cardiff City. The Bluebirds will be looking to end their run of nine straight defeats, including a disappointing defeat to cross-city rivals Swansea City last weekend. Boro, meanwhile, recorded back-to-back wins of late.

League leaders Bournemouth continue their Championship charge at home to sixth-placed Huddersfield Town. A midweek win for the Cherries over Stoke City kept Fulham at bay, whilst the Terriers sit level on points with the Potters.

And, having started the month on eight points in 20th place, Nottingham Forest now tally 17 points, occupying 14th position. Could Steve Cooper’s men make it five wins on the bounce at home to Fulham?


Two points separate Milton Keynes Dons and Rotherham United, but that could all change this weekend when fifth meets sixth in League One. The Dons saw off Wigan Athletic in midweek, whilst the Millers, unbeaten in their last seven, took a point from Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

A trip to AFC Wimbledon awaits Wigan, with Mark Robinson’s men making their way up the standings, taking five points from their last three games, including a slender 1-0 win over Lincoln City in midweek.

Elsewhere, table toppers Plymouth Argyle pay a visit to Morecambe, looking to kick on and put distance between the Pilgrims and second-placed Sunderland AFC. The Black Cats, on the other hand, will take confidence from an emphatic 4-0 midweek win over Crewe Alexandra when they welcome Charlton Athletic to the Stadium of Light.

A team on the up, Ipswich Town face Fleetwood Town, in the wake of a 4-0 triumph over Portsmouth on Tuesday evening for the Tractor Boys.


Held to a draw against Leyton Orient in midweek, Forest Green Rovers take on Salford City this weekend on home soil. And, hot on the Gloucestershire side’s heels, Harrogate Town travel to Hartlepool United.

Meanwhile, Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town will battle it out in League Two, with the two teams in close confinement inside the top seven. Buoyed by a 3-0 win over Stevenage on Tuesday evening, Northampton will be looking to extend their run to three straight wins, whilst Tranmere drew a stalemate with Harrogate in midweek.

Victory over Sutton United saw Swindon Town move up to third place in the League Two rankings. Next up for the Robins are a Bradford City side without a win in three. Swindon, meanwhile, registered three wins in four in the month of October.

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