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Five things to look out for ahead of the EFL weekend fixtures

18 August 2022

The EFL is in full swing and it's time to look ahead to another full fixture schedule.

Here are five things to look out for this weekend...

Memorable milestones

Five goals in four Sky Bet League Two appearances have seen Northampton Town’s Sam Hoskins off to a flyer this season. The attacker added to his tally in midweek as the Cobblers edged Crawley Town 3-2, and Hoskins grabbed a first-half brace to help his side secure maximum points.

And this weekend, as third-placed Northampton prepare to make the trip to Crewe Alexandra, the 29-year-old will surpass an important milestone, with Tuesday’s victory ticking off his 300th career appearance.

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Skills between the sticks

Forget a stunning strike or a spectacular showboat, you can look further infield for some skills.

Exeter City stopper Jamal Blackman, who joined the Club on a permanent deal from Huddersfield Town last month, kept his cool in the Grecians 3-1 win over Wycombe earlier in the week.

The keeper dodged two blue shirts bearing down on goal with a drop of the shoulder in this unbelievable move!

Family affair 

Sutton United’s Tope Fadahunsi was the hero last weekend when the U’s overcame Barrow in a 1-0 win, but the South London Club’s summer recruit had no family in attendance after dissuading his parents from making the trip to Gander Green Lane.

The match-winner joined the League Two outfit from Loughborough University and wasn’t expecting to make an appearance from the bench let alone come on and bag the only goal of the game. However, he might think twice when Sutton face Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Championship showdown

Millwall are proving themselves to be the comeback kings, after earning a late point against Swansea City in midweek. Two extra-time own goals saw it finish 2-2 in Wales, having beat Coventry City last weekend courtesy of George Saville’s 85th minute winner. Will we see more last gasp drama this weekend?

Elsewhere in the Sky Bet Championship, Norwich City posted their first league win of the season, seeing off Huddersfield Town 2-1 on Tuesday evening, and the Canaries will be looking to build on that when they host the Lions.

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Rivalries reignited

It’s been eight long years since Burnley and Blackpool locked horns and this weekend, the Clarets and the Tangerines will face off in the Championship at Turf Moor.

The two teams last faced off in April 2014 when Burnley edged their Lancashire rivals 1-0 in the second-tier as the former took a step closer to promotion, going on to finish second in the standings.


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