There’s another busy weekend of action in store across the Championship, League One and League Two
We’re all geared up for another busy weekend in the EFL.
In what was a rarity last season, Saturday afternoon sees all 72 teams across the Championship, League One and League Two take to the field with the vast majority taking place at the traditional 3pm kick-off time.
The Championship sees an early start with the Yorkshire derby between Hull City and Sheffield United. Both have made slow starts so far, and the Tigers set an unwanted record in midweek by going nine hours without finding the net.
Elsewhere, leaders Fulham host Reading hoping to continue their free-scoring form.
In League One there are some tasty matches on offer, with Bolton against Rotherham a stand-out clash.
In League Two, pace-setters Forest Green Rovers and Harrogate Town will be hoping to maintain their impressive starts on the road against Stevenage and Port Vale respectively.
Here, we look at four things to keep an eye out for.
Forest’s new man will be watching on
It was little surprise when Chris Hughton was relieved of his duties as Nottingham Forest boss on Thursday morning.
Hughton’s side had taken one point from seven outings, were rock-bottom of the Championship and were clearly low on confidence.
The axe was swung barely 12 hours after they lost at home to Middlesbrough, with Hughton’s assistant Steven Reid now tasked with taking the team until a new man is unveiled.
Tomorrow sees them travel to in-form Huddersfield, who are flying high in the top six.
The reaction of the Forest players in their first game post-Hughton will be fascinating to see – Not just for the club’s supporters but for whoever is primed to land the vacancy. Whoever he is, you can guarantee he will be watching the players attitude and performance extremely closely.
Unbeaten pair’s tough tests
Bournemouth and West Brom, along with League Two side Harrogate, are the only teams yet to taste defeat in the EFL this season.
Both came through difficult-looking midweek assignments to preserve their unbeaten runs and heading into the weekend they boast identical records – even down to goals scored and conceded.
But Scott Parker and Valerien Ismael are set to face stern tests on the road this Saturday.
Bournemouth travel to Cardiff when they are sure to come up against a difficult proposition in a physical Mick McCarthy side.
As for Albion, they are on the road at Preston. The Lilywhites came from behind twice against Sheffield United midweek and are unbeaten in their last four.
Those unblemished records will come under lots of scrutiny this weekend.
North-west classic in store
Wigan Athletic travel to Accrington Stanley for what looks like a potential humdinger in League One.
Both are in the top six after impressive starts to the season and for Latics’ chief Leam Richardson it represents a return to his old club.
There’s plenty of familiar faces behind Richardson too, with another ex-Stanley manager in the shape of James Beattie, former Stanley defender Peter Murphy and former kitman at the Wham, Naz Ali.
Wigan have sold more than 2,000 tickets for the clash which has all the ingredients of a classic.
Stanley came unstuck last time out at Sunderland but will be hoping to extend their unbeaten home run which currently stands at seven games in all competitions.
More Oldham protests
Oldham Athletic are a club firmly in crisis right now.
Bottom of the entire EFL, they are well on their way to claiming the (unwanted) tag of being the first founding member of the Premier League to drop into non-league.
Fans have ran out of patience with the controversial owner Abdallah Lemsagam and previous home games this season have seen fans storm the pitch, throw flares and cause a hold-up to matches.
Efforts were made by the owners to minimise the chances of that happening for forthcoming games, starting with Saturday’s visit of Hartlepool United.
Only season-ticket holders have been able to buy tickets for the game.
Whilst that may well reduce the toxic atmosphere inside Boundary Park, they can do little to affect things happening outside.
There is a planned protest pre-match, with supporters indicating they will walk a coffin down a road adjacent to the stadium.
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