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Five talking points ahead of the EFL weekend action

16 September 2022

As the EFL returns this weekend, here are five things to look out for...

Wild looks forward to long-term Bluebirds future

Barrow boss Pete Wild has inked a new multi-year deal with the Cumbrian Club ahead of the high-flying Bluebirds’ trip to Newport County on Saturday.

The Bluebirds have enjoyed an impressive start to the season, currently occupying third place in the Sky Bet League Two standings, with Wild’s men registering six wins out of a possible eight across August and September.

Wild joined the Club from FC Halifax Town in May, signing a three-year agreement at The SO Legal Stadium, having had previous experience managing in the division with Oldham Athletic.

May looking to build on landmark goal

After becoming Cheltenham Town’s all-time top scorer earlier in the week, Alfie May will be looking to build on his tally this weekend when the Robins travel to Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One.

On Tuesday evening, the striker – who arrived in Gloucestershire in January 20202 from Doncaster Rovers – hit 40 goals for the Club, netting the match-winner in a 2-1 victory over Cambridge United, making him the leading marksman in Cheltenham’s history.

And May dedicated his landmark strike to team-mate Matty Blair, who announced his retirement from injury recently.

Yorkshire derby set for televised coverage 

The weekend action gets underway at Swansea City this evening when Russell Martin’s side host Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship live on Sky Sports. Just two points separate the sides, with the Swans sitting in 22nd place and the Tigers in 17th.

Meanwhile, there’s a Yorkshire derby on the cards on Saturday evening. Middlesbrough welcome Rotherham United to the Riverside in aa televised clash. Boro will be looking to pick up a much-needed three points whilst the Millers have suffered just one defeat in their opening eight games.

Reds looking to build on first victory 

Crawley Town picked up their first league win of the season in midweek, beating Stockport County 3-2. That win extended the Reds’ unbeaten streak to five games in all EFL competitions, after beating Fulham in the Carabao Cup last month to kickstart their campaign.

And Kevin Betsy’s men will be looking to build upon that form when they play Crewe Alexandra away from home this weekend.

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Royals welcome familiar face

Reading will be hoping to be back among the goals with the return of Andy Carroll, who announced he would be re-signing with the Royals this week.

The experienced striker enjoyed a spell at the Select Car Leasing Stadium last term before joining West Bromwich Albion in the January transfer window upon the expiration off his contract. However, he re-joins Reading on a short-term deal, where he scored two goals in eight Championship outings.

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