It’s the weekend that many Championship fans will have been dreading and a number of Championship players will secretly (or not so secretly!) have been looking forward to. It’s the final round of second tier fixtures before the World Cup break. For most of their League One and League Two counterparts, it’s just another gameweek in November; a chance to turn their attentions to back to their ‘bread and butter’ after a bit of a cup action.
In the Championship, Sheffield United travel to Cardiff City, Luton Town begin life after Nathan Jones with a home game against Rotherham United and Burnley take on Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
In League One, leaders Plymouth Argyle will be looking bounce back from their 5-1 defeat to Grimsby Town in the FA Cup with a victory over Lincoln City. Elsewhere, Ipswich Town play host to Cheltenham Town and Sheffield Wednesday face a trip to Accrington Stanley.
In League Two, Leyton Orient take on Harrogate Town, Stevenage face Keith Curle’s Hartlepool United and Northampton Town travel to League Cup giant-killers Gillingham.
Here are our picks ahead of this weekend’s EFL action:
TNP says: It was some time ago now but Stevenage actually lost their last home game in League Two. Before their defeat to Northampton, Steve Evans’ side had a 100% home record. We fully expect them to rack up another win at home when they take on Hartlepool United, who are 23rd in the league and one of only three sides yet to win on their travels. We also think that Sheffield Wednesday are a bit of a banker to beat Accrington Stanley. The Owls have the second best away record in League One and they’re coming up against a Stanley side who have lost five of their last six league games.
If you’re looking for a bit more value, then we fancy MK Dons to beat Derby County. After a dreadful start to the season, MK have turned a bit of a corner of late; winning three of their last four games in all competitions. As for Derby, they had a tricky tie at Torquay in the FA Cup last weekend, followed by a defeat on penalties to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Saturday’s game could be a bit ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ for Paul Warne’s Rams. We also had to get with Rotherham to beat Luton at Kenilworth Road. The long odds coupled with Rotherham’s away win at Bramall Lane and Luton facing up to life after Nathan Jones makes this a worthwhile punt in our eyes.
It’s been a while since we landed a goalscorer bet and it’s beginning to play on our minds! This week, we’ve gone for Sam Vokes to score against Forest Green Rovers and Sean Raggett to score against Morecambe. Both players are very strong in the air and we think that Vokes in particular will get a number of looks at goal when he comes up against an inexperienced Forest Green defence. The Welshman has also been quite unlucky in recent weeks, so we’re hoping that his luck will change on Saturday.
In terms of our goals bets, Gillingham are always a good bet to go under 2.5 – especially when they come up against a team like Northampton Town. The promotion-chasers have struggled of late and, despite being the leading scorers in the division, they’ve scored one goal or less in four of their last six league games. On the other hand, we’re backing Plymouth’s visit to Lincoln to go over 2.5 goals. Argyle were on the wrong end of a 5-1 battering in the FA Cup last weekend, but they’ve scored 15 goals in their last five games in the third tier and we can see the green goal machine clicking into gear against Lincoln.
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