Preview: the weekend motion

Get ready for the upcoming EFL motion with our weekend preview! There are many big video games coming up throughout the three divisions, and we have taken a more in-depth take a look at a few of them under…

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Watford v Derby County

Watford made it two wins on the bounce in midweek with a good 1-0 victory against Preston North Finish at Deepdale.

Joao Pedro’s second-half penalty was sufficient for all three points on the evening, serving to the Hornets move as much as fourth within the Sky Bet Championship table.

They return to home soil on Friday evening as they welcome Derby County to Vicarage Street.

The Rams themselves have had an upturn in fortunes for the reason that turn of the year and have solely lost as soon as of their last six video games in league motion.

They, like Watford, have been winners in midweek however left issues late to seize all three points against Wycombe Wanderers.

Andre Knowledge’s 93rd-minute strike was sufficient to sink the Chairboys on that event. 

Coventry City v Brentford 

The early motion on Saturday comes from St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, with Coventry City set to entertain high-flying Brentford.

The Sky Blues, at present 20th within the standings, will probably be in search of most points, having solely managed to choose up two wins in all competitions for the reason that turn of the year.

Brentford, on the opposite hand, are aiming for computerized promotion to the Premier League, and are sizzling on the tail of league leaders, Norwich City.

Regardless of dropping their last two video games to Barnsley and Queens Park Rangers respectively, the Bees are nonetheless within the hunt however sit solely a point above Swansea City, who’ve two video games in hand over their counterparts.

Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham City 

We turn our consideration to the relegation locations within the Sky Bet Championship now, as 22nd-placed Sheffield Wednesday take on 23rd-placed Birmingham City on the weekend.

The Owls have been haunted by considered one of their former players in midweek, as striker Steven Fletcher netted late on for Stoke City to grab all three points on the bet365 Stadium.

Nonetheless, it has not been all doom and gloom at Hillsborough for the reason that New Yr arrived; 5 wins from a attainable 10 in all competitions have constructed a little bit of confidence within the Wednesday dressing room.

Issues haven’t been as rosy for the guests in current weeks, who’ve recorded just one win within the last month’s value of football.

That win got here against Middlesbrough back on the sixteenth of January and, since then, Blues have lost 4 and drawn two.

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Doncaster Rovers v Hull City

Wednesday evening’s motion was an entire story of two completely different worlds for Doncaster Rovers and Hull City.

The former, who’re nonetheless in with greater than a very good chance of breaking into the top two, particularly with the video games in hand they at present maintain over Hull City, have been overwhelmed 1-0 by bogey team Accrington Stanley.

That win lifted Accy into the Play-Off locations on the expense of Sunderland AFC.

Hull, on the opposite hand, have been big winners within the week, recording a 5-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on the DW Stadium.

A hat-trick from Mallik Wilks was a spotlight of the evening because the Tigers picked up their first league win in February.

Peterborough United v AFC Wimbledon 

Darren Ferguson and Peterborough United have actually loved life in Sky Bet League One in February, having recorded 9 points from a attainable 9 on offer.

Posh needed to battle from a goal down on Tuesday evening, after John Akinde’s strike put Gillingham a goal up at half-time.

A second-half turnaround which included a double from Jonson Clarke-Harris and one from Siriki Dembele wrapped up one other victory and lifted them as much as third within the table.

AFC Wimbledon are sitting just outside the relegation locations in League One, however do have two video games in hand over the teams under them because it stands.

Mark Robinson will probably be hoping that ‘new manager’ bounce will kick into impact as soon as attainable, however as we’ve got seen in current weeks, dealing with Peterborough and winning is not any straightforward job.

Wigan Athletic v Lincoln City

Wigan Athletic host Lincoln City on Saturday afternoon, trying to get back to winning methods in league motion.

Three points on home soil right here may see them leapfrog just a few teams above them, relying on outcomes elsewhere, and in turn climb out of the relegation locations.

Lincoln City weren’t in league motion throughout midweek, however have been preventing for a spot within the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final.

Sunderland AFC have been the eventual winners on the evening, overcoming the Imps on penalties to succeed in Wembley.

All focus will probably be turned to League One now for Michael Appleton’s males, who discover themselves top of the standings with two video games in hand over Hull City under them.

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Exeter City v Grimsby City 

After two red playing cards within the opening 45 minutes of their sport on Tuesday evening against fellow Play-Off hopefuls Newport County, Exeter had a mountain to climb in midweek.

Ryan Bowman’s strike had given them the lead, earlier than he grew to become one of many two people to be given their marching orders, and the Grecians led on the break.

It seemed as if Matt Taylor’s side may very well be leaving Wales with all three points because the minutes ticked by, however they might be denied with minutes of the sport remaining.

Up popped January signing Dom Telford, climbing highest to nod home a dramatic equaliser for the Exiles. 

Grimsby at present sit backside of the table in Sky Bet League Two, three points off security.

Manager Paul Hurst will probably be eager to report a victory, with their last coming back on December 19 against Scunthorpe United at Blundell Park.

Cheltenham City v Bradford City 

Each Cheltenham City and Bradford City recorded a 2-1 victories in midweek, with the Robins seeing off Walsall and the Bantams getting the higher of Morecambe on Tuesday evening respectively.

Each side went a goal down early on of their video games, solely to come back and decide up all three points. Cheltenham’s win was an important one, and retains them in contact with Forest Inexperienced Rovers and Cambridge United forward of them.

Bradford City, in the meantime, have risen up the table in current weeks, and have left behind any worries concerning relegation, which they could have had earlier on within the season.

The Bantams are as much as sixteenth, 11 points away from the drop zone.

Newport County v Forest Inexperienced Rovers 

As talked about earlier, Newport County managed to flee embarrassment with an 88th-minute leveller to claw back a point against nine-man Exeter City.

Forest Inexperienced Rovers, on the opposite hand, have been concerned in one of many video games of the evening, as they have been on the fitting side of a seven-goal thriller at The New Garden.

From being 2-0 as much as being pegged back to 2-2 early on within the second half, the sport headed to a 3-3 scoreline just after the hour mark.

Fortunately for the hosts, Josh Davison was hand to notch the membership’s fourth goal of the sport at hand all of them three points and, in turn, hold them in second place within the league standings.

The Exiles have solely received one sport of their last 12 fixtures in all competitions and have dropped to fifth in League Two.

Michael Flynn will probably be eager on his side recapturing their early season type which noticed them attain the top the table. 

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