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Five things to look out for this weekend across the EFL

26 August 2022

Another matchday has come around in the EFL!

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

Evans looking to extend undefeated streak

Just one team remains unbeaten in all competitions this season and that is Sky Bet League Two outfit Stevenage. Under manager Steve Evans, Boro have flown out of the blocks, registering four league wins out of a possible five.

Hot on the back of the Club’s Carabao Cup Round Two victory over Peterborough United in midweek, they travel to Salford City this weekend.

And the new boss has made no bones about where he wants Boro to be, come the end of the campaign, speaking on the Official EFL Podcast. Stevenage currently sit second and will be looking to go unbeaten in August when they visit the Ammies on Saturday.

Hatters and Blades get weekend off and running

The weekend action gets underway this evening as Luton Town take on Sheffield United live on Sky Sports. Two teams who were vying for promotion last term, before the Hatters and the Blades bowed out of the Play-Offs at the Semi-Finals, will lock horns in a televised clash.

The league leaders travel to Kenilworth Road as the South Yorkshire side, who are sitting pretty at the top of the Sky Bet Championship, look to hang on to the top spot. Luton, on the other hand, will be looking to build on their first victory of the campaign over Swansea City last weekend.

Clough marks managerial milestone

Last weekend’s 2-1 triumph over Stockport County marked a major managerial milestone for Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough. The 56-year-old took charge of his 100th game for the Stags and came out the other side with three points.

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Since taking over at the One Call Stadium in November, Clough posts an impressive league win rate of 44.2%, which goes down as the seventh best record in the Nottinghamshire side’s history.

And the former England international reflected on the milestone ahead of Mansfield’s journey to Sutton United, describing his time at the Club as a “rollercoaster”.

Owls recruit promotion winner

In Sky Bet League One, Sheffield Wednesday and Darren Moore have boosted their squad with the addition of Hull City attacker Mallik Wilks.

The 23-year-old won promotion from the division with the Tigers in 2020/21, finishing the campaign as the Club’s top scorer with 22 goals to his name, and the Owls will be hoping for more of the same this season after landing their man on a permanent deal.

Wilks could make his debut when the Owls host Forest Green Rovers at Hillsborough.

Tractor Boys on the move

High-flyers Ipswich Town are aiming to make it five wins on the bounce when the Tractor Boys welcome Barnsley to Portman Road.

Kieran McKenna’s side are on the longest winning streak across the three divisions, beating Forest Green, Milton Keynes Dons, Burton Albion, and Shrewsbury Town in League One after kicking the campaign off with a draw.

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And Ipswich will be looking to hold to their perch at the top of the table.


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