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Take a closer look at the EFL midweek fixtures

16 August 2022

There's a full EFL schedule on the way this week and you can tune in, with a host of games available to stream via your Club's streaming service.

We take a look at some of the standout fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two.

Birmingham City v Watford

Last time out:

These two teams last met in the Championship in March 2021 when Watford made light work of Birmingham City, claiming a 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road as the Hornets bounced back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.

Ken Sema, Nathaniel Chalobah and Andre Gray each made the score-sheet as Watford took a huge step forward in their promotion bid.

Ones to watch:

Dubbed the 'Deeney derby', Troy Deeney made the switch from Watford back to his boyhood Club, the Blues, at the beginning of last season after over a decade with the Hornets, making over 400 appearances and 140 goals in the yellow, red and black.

Former England international Tom Cleverley, who was named Club captain at the beginning of the term, has adjusted to life back in the second-tier, bagging the match-winner against Burnley last week to mark his 33rd birthday.

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Form guide:

Birmingham sit 12th in the Championship standings, looking to rectify last weekend's defeat to Cardiff City, whilst the Hornets have taken seven points from a possible nine in their unbeaten start to the season, leaving them in third place.

Sheffield Wednesday v Peterborough United

Last time out:

Current Peterborough United boss Grant McCann grabbed the match-winner when the Posh hosted Sheffield Wednesday back in April 2013.

The now 42-year-old’s impressive, long-range free-kick was the difference in a 1-0 triumph for Peterborough to lift them out of the bottom three in the bid for Championship survival.

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Ones to watch:

One of the EFL’s longest serving players, Liam Palmer has provided a dependable presence at the back for the Owls, with over 300 appearances for the South Yorkshire side under his belt, and that could provide invaluable this season.

Posh skipper Johnson Clarke-Harris finished the season as top scorer the last time Peterborough were in League One with 31 goals to his name. He already has two in three this season and counting and will be looking to add to his tally.

Form guide:

Level on point with league leaders Ipswich Town, Wednesday have registered two wins and a draw in their first three fixtures, beating Charlton Athletic at the weekend, whilst the Posh aren’t far behind in fourth. McCann’s men recorded back-to-back wins but suffered defeat to Plymouth Argyle at the weekend.

Swindon Town v Leyton Orient

Last time out: 

Leyton Orient came out on top ina a 2-1 win when the O’s and Swindon Town went head-to-head in League Two last term.

Orient defender Omar Beckles bagged a brace, striking either side of the break, before loanee Josh Davison pulled one back for the Robins, as 10-men Orient held on for the points at the County Ground.

Ones to watch:

Angus MacDonald brings Championship experience to this Robins side, arriving in the summer from Championship side Rotherham United, and he hasn’t missed a single moment of league action yet.

Welshman Tom James has already unleashed two spectacular strikes this season, netting against Grimsby Town and Crawley Town, and it appears as though the defender has plenty more of those in his locker. 

Form guide:

The O’s, now the only team with a 100% record in League Two, claimed the top spot with victory over Mansfield Town at the weekend, preserving their start to the season, whilst Swindon are still in search of their first victory of the campaign this week.


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