Preview: Easter Weekend particular


Preston North Finish v Norwich City 

Norwich City have been relentless this season and are nonetheless main the way in which within the Sky Bet Championship, with a present eight-point hole over second-placed Watford heading into the weekend. 

The Canaries are set to the return to the Premier League in emphatic style, with manager Daniel Farke trying to safe promotion as soon as potential. 

A Good Friday journey to Deepdale is on the playing cards for the league leaders, and having gained 13 away league video games this season – their joint-most in a league season of their history – they’ll be on the lookout for three extra points.

Preston North Finish are sixteenth within the Championship and will greater than probably have one eye on subsequent season, as they nonetheless look to appoint a new manager having parted firm with Alex Neil lately. 

Watford v Sheffield Wednesday

Watford are six points forward of Swansea City in third spot however the Swans do have a sport in hand because the race for promotion hots up. 

The Hornets have been in emphatic type for the reason that appointment of Xisco back in December 2020, and are at present on a five-game winning run in league motion, trying to file six consecutive league victories for the primary time since January 2011 under Malky Mackay.

Struggling Sheffield Wednesday are the guests to Vicarage Street on Friday afternoon trying to claw back to helpful points, as they continue their struggle for Championship survival. 

The Owls are winless of their last 4 league video games against Watford nonetheless (D2 L2), since a 1-0 win in December 2013.

Barnsley v Studying (17:30) 

It’s fifth v sixth within the Championship as Barnsley host Studying at Oakwell stay on Sky Sports activities. The Tykes have been excellent this season and have turned any worries about last seasons relegation dogfight, right into a potential promotion marketing campaign this time round.

Valérien Ismaël’s techniques have clearly been taken on board by his players after going on a 13-match unbeaten run in league motion, earlier than their resolve was lastly damaged, on derby day against Sheffield Wednesday last time out. 

Studying on the opposite hand have hit considerably of a sticky patch in latest weeks, and though they’ve solely lost as soon as in three video games, their different two fixtures have seen them decide up just two points from a potential six.

The Royals have gained 5 of their six league matches against Yorkshire teams this season (D1), winning their last three in a row.


Doncaster Rovers v Charlton Athletic (12:30)

Issues haven’t gone to plan for interim manager Andy Butler and Doncaster Rovers of late, having not picked up a victory in six Sky Bet League One video games. 

Regardless of their latest run of bad type they’re nonetheless on level points with the last Play-Off spot which is at present occupied by Blackpool, and with fellow Play-Off chasers Charlton Athletic the guests to the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday, it might present the right kick-start to their run-in. 

The Addicks are unbeaten of their last six matches in League One, their last such defeat coming in February against Blackpool.  

Crewe Alexandra v Hull City 

League leaders Hull City journey to Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday hoping to maintain ahold of top spot as Peterborough United and Sunderland AFC circle beneath them. 

Their last two video games, each which ended level would have given each of the teams beneath them one other sniff of blood, particularly with either side having video games in hand over the Tigers. 

Crewe are 15 points above the drop zone and look snug for one more season in League One, and will little doubt be trying to see off Hull City for the primary time since April 1996. 

Fleetwood City v Peterborough United 

Simon Grayson has put pen to paper on a long-term deal with Fleetwood City after seemly impressing since becoming a member of the membership earlier this season.

After going on a five-match unbeaten run – by which 4 have been victories – in League One, the Cod military have been crushed 2-0 by Swindon City on home soil last time out. 

Peterborough United have been big winners on the weekend, seeing off Accrington Stanley 7-0 in additional than spectacular style. That victory was their largest within the Football League since beating Brentford 7-0 in November 2007.


Bolton Wanderers v Colchester United (13:00)

The early kick-off in Sky Bet League Two comes from the College of Bolton Stadium, as Bolton Wanderers take on Colchester United at 1pm.

The hosts have been on an incredible run of type for the reason that end of January, and haven’t tasted defeated in 13 video games, getting most points in 11 of these 13 fixtures. 

That unbeaten run is the longest present unbeaten run within the top 4 tiers of English football.

Colchester United on the opposite hand sit just 4 points outside of the relegation locations and will definitely be hoping to close the door on this season as soon as potential. 

The U’s have gained just one in all their last 22 league video games, that victory coming last month against Carlisle United. 

Cambridge United v Morecambe 

Cambridge United nonetheless sit top of the tree in League Two, and face a troublesome outfit in Morecambe of their Good Friday fixture.

Solely 5 points separate the U’s in top spot and the Shrimps in six place, with League Two being so tightly contested, it’s anyones guess what the final table will appear like come Could 8. 

Cambridge need to safe their first league double over Morecambe since 2015-16, following their 5-0 win within the reverse fixture. In the meantime Morecambe gained their last away league sport 1-0 at Harrogate, however haven’t gained consecutive league video games on the street since their first three this season.

Cheltenham City v Tranmere Rovers 

One of many video games of the day in League Two comes from The Jonny-Rocks Stadium as Cheltenham City entertain fellow computerized promotion chaser Tranmere Rovers. 

Tranmere are unbeaten of their last 9 away league video games, last having an extended unbeaten run on the street within the Football League back in August 2003 (10 video games).

However Cheltenham are stable on home soil against the Tremendous White Military, having lost just one in all their six home conferences with Tranmere within the Football League (W4 D1). 


The motion doesn’t cease there, it’s a quick turnaround with one other full set of EFL fixtures for you on the way in which! 

We now have picked out 5 of the best video games from Easter Monday’s fixtures…

Rotherham United v Wycombe Wanderers (Sky Bet Championship, Easter Monday – 15:00)

The Millers need to file their first Football League double over Wycombe Wanderers for the reason that 2000/01 season.

In the meantime the Chairboys have gained their last three away league video games against Rotherham, winning in 2010/11, 2012/13 and 2019/20.

Peterborough United v Sunderland AFC (Sky Bet League One, Easter Monday – 15:00)

Darren Ferguson’s side have earned extra home points than every other League One side this season (44), winning 14 of their 18 at London Street (D2 L2).

The Black Cats need to win 4 consecutive away league video games for the primary time since November 2018.

Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth (Sky Bet League One, Easter Monday – 15:00)

The Latics might do the double over Portsmouth for under the second time. The primary time they managed it was in 2008/09 within the Premier League.

Portsmouth visit Wigan for the primary time within the league since August 2017 after they drew 1-1. Pompey have had 9 away matches within the league against the Latics, winning on 4 events. 

Grimsby City v Cheltenham City (Sky Bet League Two, Easter Monday – 15:00)

The Mariners have drawn their last three home video games, last drawing 4 on the bounce on home soil within the EFL in October 2017.

In the meantime Michael Duff’s males have the best defence away from home, having conceded solely 15 goals – in 19 away video games this time period, the Robins have stored 10 clear sheets.

Tranmere Rovers v Cambridge United (Sky Bet League Two, Easter Monday – 15:00)

Keith Hill’s side have gained six of their last 10 home matches in League Two (D2 L2) – as many victories as of their earlier 24 within the competition at Prenton Park (D6 L12).

Whereas Cambridge United have gained seven of their last 10 away fixtures (D1 L2) – the U’s have gathered extra away points (22) than every other team in League Two since their win over Grimsby City in early January.


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