Weekend preview: the key fixtures

Following a midweek fixture list which really shook issues up so far as divisional standings are involved, it is time to look forward to the weekend, with loads extra in retailer throughout the EFL!

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AFC Bournemouth v Barnsley

It is seventh against sixth on Saturday afternoon, as AFC Bournemouth welcome Barnsley to the Vitality Stadium, for what appears to be like set to be a fantastic match. The Cherries are scorching on the Tykes’ tail and are two points behind their rivals from South Yorkshire heading into the weekend, one thing they are going to be determined to overturn. That win would see them regain a Play-Off place, in the meantime a victory for Valérien Ismaël’s side may see them leapfrog Studying, relying on their consequence against Nottingham Forest on the City Ground. 

Cardiff City v Watford

Two different sides with promotion ambitions will meet in south Wales on Saturday, when Play-Off-chasing Cardiff City host Watford, who’re second within the table on the time of writing. Cardiff weren’t at their best when drawing at Huddersfield City last time out however stay unbeaten under Mick McCarthy, whereas Watford have gained six of their last seven league matches, making this a great fixture in prospect. 

Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich (Sunday)

Sunday brings one other vital conflict, and this one has implications at each ends of the table. Sheffield Wednesday sit Twenty third within the standings and might be hoping the edges round them drop points on Saturday as their battle to keep away from the drop continues. Darren Moore’s males face a table-topping Norwich City outfit which have gained every of their last seven league video games, and it is the guests who might be favourites going into the match.

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Blackpool v Fleetwood City

There is a Fylde Coast derby to look forward to this weekend, when Fleetwood City make the short journey to take on neighbours Blackpool. Just two points and three locations separate these two forward of kick-off, with either side coming into the sport on the back of some constructive latest kind. Whereas they sit eleventh and 14th respectively, issues stay as close as all the time in Sky Bet League One, making this an important conflict.

Bristol Rovers v AFC Wimbledon

Two sides in and across the relegation locations meet on Saturday, when Twenty third-placed AFC Wimbledon head to Nineteenth-placed Bristol Rovers. The hosts might be full of confidence following a massive midweek win over Accrington Stanley and might be hoping to pull additional away from the underside 4 right here, whereas AFC Wimbledon are with no win in 4 after struggling a slim defeat to a resurgent Burton Albion last time out. Who will come out on top?

Hull City v Oxford United

Hull City moved back to the summit in midweek with a big win at fellow promotion hopefuls Peterborough United, and their subsequent test is a home match against Play-Off-chasing Oxford United, who might be buoyed by their derby-day victory at Swindon City. Hull have gained 4 in a row in Sky Bet League One, whereas the guests might be seeking to make it back-to-back away wins. Three points for both side may prove crucial.

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Exeter City v Cheltenham City

Exeter City sit eighth within the table going into their assembly with table-topping Cheltenham City, however just six points separate the edges following the midweek motion, which means it is all to play for within the race for promotion. Exeter gained on the highway on Tuesday night time, with Matt Jay scoring his fourth goal in two video games, whereas Cheltenham might be hoping their defeat at Mansfield City was just a blip.

Morecambe v Newport County

Morecambe and Newport County are firmly within the promotion race too, and sit fifth and sixth within the standings respectively going into the weekend. Morecambe salvaged a point within the 94th minute of their midweek journey to Forest Inexperienced, one which can have felt extra like three, whereas Newport left it even later to select up a win at home to in-form Bradford City. This one appears to be like set to be a cracker.

Grimsby City v Colchester United (5:30pm)

Saturday’s late kick-off pits bottom-of-the-table Grimsby City against Twentieth-placed Colchester United, two sides in want of a win. Grimsby appeared set to take three points from their midweek conflict with Carlisle, just for an injury-time equaliser to disclaim them a win, whereas Colchester’s 3-0 defeat at Harrogate City was their fourth in 5 league video games. This might well prove an vital match come the end of the marketing campaign.

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