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EFL preview: The weekend action

9 September 2021

This weekend, the EFL is back with a bang with a full schedule of Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two fixtures to look forward to.

We preview this weekend’s action as teams battle it out at the top, unbeaten records are there to be broken and first League wins are up for grabs.


Hoping to pick up where they left off, Fulham make the trip to the coast to take on a Blackpool side still looking for that elusive first win of the season, after Cottagers head coach Marco Silva was nominated for the Sky Bet Championship’s Manager of the Month for August.

High flying West Bromwich Albion host Millwall, who registered their first victory of the campaign against Neil Critchley’s men last month. Could there be a second-tier shock on the cards?

As the only two other unbeaten teams remaining in the Championship, Queens Park Rangers and Bournemouth will look to continue that form against Reading and Barnsley respectively on Saturday afternoon.

Finally, the EFL’s featured game of the weekend comes from the Coventry Building Society Arena, where Coventry City take on Middlesbrough in the Championship.


Within touching distance of the top six, Milton Keynes Dons go toe-to-toe with sixth placed Portsmouth this weekend, after rescuing a point against Cheltenham Town last weekend in League One.

Level on points, Oxford United will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Wimbledon last weekend against Saturday’s opponents Wycombe Wanderers.

At the summit of League One, something’s got to give between Sunderland and Accrington Stanley in the top two. This weekend, the promotion rivals will go head-to-head for the coveted top spot.

Meanwhile, at the reverse end of the table, Shrewsbury Town and Crewe Alexandra will do battle this weekend, whilst Doncaster Rovers – one of three teams still without a first League win – take on Wigan Athletic, and Ipswich Town welcome Bolton Wanderers to Portman Road.


In League Two, can an unbeaten Harrogate Town add to their impressive points haul when they come up against Newport County? The West Yorkshire team comfortably despatched Mansfield Town last weekend.

Trailing Harrogate in second place, Forest Green Rovers’ resolve will be tested by Northampton Town when Jon Brady’s side travel to Gloucestershire this weekend.

Elsewhere, one of Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers could edge their way into the top seven when the League Two teams come face-to-face this weekend. And another team on the up, Bristol Rovers hit the road as seventh placed Hartlepool United await.

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