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Five talking points ahead of the EFL weekend action

2 December 2022

We're back this weekend with more games on the way from across the divisions. Here are five things to keep an eye out for...

EFL’s first access all areas fixture

On Sunday, Wycombe Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One fixture against Portsmouth, will give supporters more behind-the-scenes access than ever before, with on-pitch audio, dressing room footage, exclusive interviews and Club personnel on co-commentary duties, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

The game will also take a closer look at the role of the match officials, both in the lead up to, and on the matchday.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth and Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley will join the Sky Sports team at half-time and during the second half to reflect on the game, and to give a unique insight into a manager’s thoughts mid-match.

Televised clash at the Stadium of Light

In the Sky Bet Championship, Sunderland entertain Millwall at the Stadium of Light in a televised clash on Saturday. 

The Black Cats occupy 15th place, coming into the fixture on the back of victory over Birmingham City, whilst the Lions sit just inside the Play-Off places in sixth, looking to climb the table. However, it appears as though Sunderland striker Ross Stewart is nearing a return, with the Scotsman having notched five goals in seven league appearances prior to being sidelined with injury.

With the two teams returning to competitive action for the first time in three weeks during the World Cup break, Sunderland have spent a week in Dubai to get some practice in, whilst Millwall played Danish outfit Brondby in a friendly most recently.


Managerial movements

There have been some managerial rumblings in Sky Bet League Two ahead of the weekend as Leyton Orient boss Richie Wellens penned a new deal with the Club to take his contract until the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

The table topping O’s are five points clear in pole position as they prepare for the visit of fifth-placed Bradford City this weekend, and Wellens has been instrumental in Orient’s impressive start to the season.

Elsewhere, Crawley Town named Matthew Etherington as their new first-team manager, having joined the Reds from Peterborough United where he served as Posh’s Under-23s boss. Etherington’s first game in charge will see Crawley lock horns with Swindon Town.

And Crewe Alexandra have selected Lee Bell as the Railwaymen's next manager, with Bell having spent more than two decades with the Club as a player and coach.


Trotters’ late, late show

This season, Bolton Wanderers have come from behind to win four times this season in League One, scoring eight times between 75 and 90+ minutes, including a last gasp winner against Fleetwood Town last time out; Oladapo Afolayan struck in the 90th minute, five minutes after Conor Bradley levelled for the Trotters to secure a 2-1 victory.

On Friday evening, Ian Evatt’s men take on Bristol Rovers and if Bolton’s record for late drama this term is anything to go by, it could go down to the wire. 

Wimbledon star enjoying scoring streak 

AFC Wimbledon starlet Ayoub Assal has been in fine form this season, with seven goals in the Dons’ last 10 games in all competitions and four in his last five league games. The 20-year-old’s five-game scoring run came to an end last week when Johnnie Jackson’s side took on local rivals Sutton United in the Papa Johns Trophy.

This weekend, Wimbledon welcome Grimsby Town to Plough Lane, with the hosts unbeaten in their last six league outings and Assal will be looking to add to his own tally.

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