Preview: EFL weekend action
There’s another fantastic weekend of EFL action in store, and it all begins with Leeds United v Derby County in Saturday’s early kick-off!
That’s right, Saturday sees Leeds and Derby meet for the first time since May’s incredible Play-Off Semi-Final second leg, and it promises to be another memorable match-up. United sit top of the table on goal difference going into this one and will be looking to strengthen their position, while it’s been a slow start for Derby, who will see this as the perfect chance to kick-start their campaign.
Elsewhere, high-flying Bristol City and Swansea City go head-to-head at Ashton Gate, with both sides harbouring promotion ambitions this season. These are two teams whose respective styles are easy on the eye, but who will come out on top?
It’s been a fine start for Preston North End and Birmingham City too, with the two level on points after seven games and facing off at Deepdale, while third-placed Charlton Athletic head to Wigan Athletic. Finally, Sunday’s action sees West Bromwich Albion take on struggling Huddersfield Town.
With league leaders Coventry City out of action this weekend, attention at the top of the Sky Bet League One table turns to Ipswich Town.
The Tractor Boys are still unbeaten in league action alongside the Sky Blues and they will be hoping to keep that record intact after this weekend’s game against Gillingham. The Gills have never beaten Ipswich at home, drawing six games and losing three.
One surprise package this season has been the fantastic start that Wycombe Wanderers have made, the Chairboys find themselves third in the table after nine games, only losing once this season.
They face a somewhat indifferent Portsmouth side who are languishing in 18th position after picking up six points from as many games, but Gareth Ainsworth’s side have only managed one win in their last 10 league games against Pompey.
Elsewhere, former Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson takes his Peterborough United side to the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend. Down at the bottom of the table, Bolton Wanderers welcome Sunderland AFC to the University of Bolton Stadium, it will be the 135th league meeting between the two sides.
Matt Taylor’s Exeter City have not let their foot off the gas at the start of this League Two campaign, picking up 21 points from the opening nine games.
The Grecians face a tricky trip to Rodney Parade to take on Newport County, where they have only won one of their last 11 trips to South Wales.
Crewe Alexandra are just three points behind the leaders and have been impressive in recent weeks, Salford City are the visitors to Gresty Road on Saturday and in-turn will become the 125th different side they would have faced in the Football League.
Scunthorpe United lifted themselves off the foot of the League Two table last weekend with a 3-0 win over Morecambe, and will be hoping to win another game against the team around them in the table.
They travel to Walsall who have also been struggling to adapt to live in League Two, Stevenage now occupy 24th spot and will be hoping to break a run of four games without a win when they visit Forest Green on Saturday.