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Preview: EFL weekend action

30 September 2021

As a number of teams begin to hit the 10-game mark, we kick off October with a full schedule of EFL action.

Take a look at what’s coming up in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two this weekend…


Buoyed by back-to-back wins, League leaders West Bromwich Albion travel to Stoke City on Friday evening, on the back of a resolute 4-0 victory over Cardiff City in midweek. The Potters, meanwhile, moved up to fifth place after taking a point from Preston North End on Tuesday evening.

Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers will lock horns this weekend in an all-Lancashire affair at Bloomfield Road. The hosts, who have strung together two wins and a draw in their last six outings, will have to keep a close eye on Ben Brereton Diaz, who has netted five goals in his last two games for Blackburn.

Elsewhere, Millwall finally got out of the habit of drawing games against Bristol City in midweek, following four stalemates on the bounce, and the Londoners will be hungry for more when they travel to Barnsley this weekend.


The EFL’s featured game comes from Fratton Park, where Portsmouth host arguably their biggest League One rivals Sunderland. The Black Cats are unbeaten on home soil this campaign, but how will they fare on the South Coast?

Paul Cook's Ipswich Town pay a visit to John Coleman's Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon, as two of the best friends in management go head-to-head. The Tractor Boys put in a six-star performance against Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, and have now taken seven points from their last three fixtures. Accrington, meanwhile, are without a win in four.

Slowly but surely making their way up the standings, 11th placed Morecambe clash with Wycombe Wanderers. The Shrimps will be hoping to extend their three-game unbeaten run, whilst sixth-placed Wycombe will be looking to build on a midweek win over Shrewsbury Town.


In League Two, 11th takes on 12th as Bradford City go head-to-head with Rochdale. The Bantams are without a win in five whilst Rochdale are looking to bounce back from a derby defeat to Oldham Athletic, making for an exciting encounter.

After picking their first away win in 20 matches against Walsall, marking their worst run on the road in four decades, Bristol Rovers welcome Swindon Town to the Memorial Stadium.

And League Two’s top three all hit the road this weekend, as Forest Green Rovers travel to Carlisle United, whilst Harrogate Town gear up for a trip to Oldham Athletic and Leyton Orient make the trip to Port Vale.

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