Preview: This weekend’s big video games

It is the penultimate weekend of the 2020/21 season within the EFL and, with loads nonetheless to play for in all three divisions, it is set to be one to recollect!

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Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers

On the floor, earlier season postponements seem to have caught up with Rotherham within the past few weeks. The truth is that Paul Warne’s side have merely not transformed their probabilities in current defeats at promotion-chasing Barnsley and Brentford. They’re nonetheless creating them, although, which offers hope of survival. Blackburn arrive on the New York Stadium in high quality attacking kind after last week’s 5-2 win over Huddersfield. It might be fairly a spectacle.

Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest

The equation for relegation-threatened Wednesday is straightforward. Beat Forest within the lunchtime kick-off at Hillsborough and they are going to take their survival bid to the final day of the Sky Bet Championship season – if Derby don’t win at Swansea later within the afternoon. That’s as a result of their final fixture is against Derby at Delight Park. What a mouth-watering contest that may be, however first Wednesday have to beat a spirited Forest side. 

Swansea City v Derby County

Three into one just doesn’t go. Derby enter the penultimate weekend with a four-point hole over their rivals for 21st spot and a spot in subsequent season’s Sky Bet Championship. Bother is, Wayne Rooney’s side have lost their last 5 matches, scoring just three goals in that spell. They managed that quantity in last season’s visit to Swansea alone, a 3-2 win they are going to be determined to emulate against the Swans, who’re making ready for the Play-Offs.

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AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth

Each of those sides had been concerned in thrilling 3-3 attracts with loads of injury-time pleasure in midweek, AFC Wimbledon salvaging a significant point against Rochdale, Pompey letting victory slip at Accrington. With a lot at stake, this might be an equally thrilling encounter. A draw can be sufficient to safe the hosts’ Sky Bet League One standing, however something lower than victory for Portsmouth would severely dent their probabilities of making the Play-Offs.

Northampton City v Blackpool

Having clawed their manner out of Sky Bet League Two last July, Northampton might be determined to not make a direct return. For that, they nearly definitely must win each of their remaining video games. The excellent news is that they’ve overwhelmed the last three top-half sides to visit Sixfields. The bad information is that Blackpool nonetheless want 4 points to ensure a Play-Off berth. Strap yourselves in, one thing has to present.

Peterborough United v Lincoln City

Play-Off football arrives early at London Street the place Peterborough will clinch computerized promotion in the event that they keep away from defeat to the one side who can deny them. What units up this conflict completely is that Posh boast the best home file in Sky Bet League One this season with 49 goals to match their 49 points, whereas Lincoln have collected extra points on the street (44) than every other team within the division.

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Barrow v Southend United 

It’s nearly as if the fixture pc combines foresight with a depraved sense of timing, with Southend set to make the 650-mile round journey to face the side whose midweek win at Forest Inexperienced left the Shrimpers clinging to their Sky Bet EFL standing. Barrow will be capable of celebrate their outstanding revival under Rob Kelly. For Southend, solely a win – which nonetheless won’t be sufficient – will make the lengthy journey home palatable. 

Bolton Wanderers v Exeter City

With three points wanted to ensure their side promotion and an instantaneous return to Sky Bet League One, Bolton supporters would absolutely have wished for a neater fixture than this. Exeter might be just as determined for victory as they give the impression of being to safe a Play-Off spot for the fourth time within the past 5 seasons and might be seeking to reinforce the momentum they in-built Tuesday’s late comeback win over Grimsby.

Newport County v Cheltenham City

One other titanic wrestle is in prospect at Rodney Parade the place Newport know that victory might seal a Play-Off berth, however defeat might leave them on the outside trying in going into their final fixture. Cheltenham arrive in south Wales having clinched computerized promotion on Tuesday, however Michael Duff’s males are determined to go up in model as Sky Bet League Two champions and will push for the points to verify that.

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