EFL Matchday 12: Five things to look out for
Here are five things worth keeping an eye on this weekend…
September award winners
Josh Morris picked up the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for the second month in a row, and kicked off October in some style last week, netting a stunner in a top-of-the-table win over Bury.
That was the Shakers’ first defeat since mid-August, with a perfect September earning David Flitcroft the Manager of the Month honour.
This weekend, Scunthorpe and Morris welcome Northampton Town to Glanford Park, while Bury visit Peterborough United in a lunchtime kick-off.
From Sky Bet League Two, Manager of the Month Derek Adams will hope to guide his table-topping Plymouth Argyle to a run of 10 unbeaten EFL matches when they visit Stevenage.
Notts County’s Jon Stead was named the division’s Player of the Month, netting five goals in his last three games. The Magpies have won four successive away matches, and have the short trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday lunchtime.
He watched on as Leyton Orient slipped to Checkatrade Trophy defeat in midweek, but now Alberto Cavasin faces his first test in the EFL when the O’s host Portsmouth.
With over two decades of managerial experience gained in Italy, how will the 60-year-old fare as he steps out for his maiden Matchroom Stadium meeting? The omens are good, with Pompey not having won at Orient since 1975.
Elsewhere in the division, Newport County are away at Colchester with new boss Graham Westley set to watch from the stands, while in Sky Bet League One, Shrewsbury Town, who parted ways with Micky Mellon this week, visit Bradford City.
Hello, old friends
A number of weekend fixtures pit teams against each other who have not met for quite some time.
Leading that pack is Swindon Town versus Bolton Wanderers, a match most recently contested in October 1999. Bolton won both meetings that month, 4-0 and 2-0. The previous six clashes produced 24 goals. Dust off those shooting boots…
In Sky Bet League Two, Blackpool and Cambridge United face off for the first time since 2002, and Doncaster and Barnet go head-to-head having last met in 2003, although their most recent EFL clash was in 1998 – both sides have moved into a new home since then.
And to new friends… this weekend sees a maiden meeting between Colchester and Newport.
The unbeaten duo
Carlisle United set a new club record last week – the 2-0 win over Colchester United taking their unbeaten start to the season to 11 games.
In Sky Bet League One, Bradford are also without defeat, and sit second ahead of their weekend meeting with managerless Shrewsbury.
Sky Sports screenings
This week, Sky Sports confirmed their EFL TV selections up until the beginning of January, and this Sunday sees a double-header of Sky Bet League One entertainment.
In a 12:15pm kick-off, promoted pair Oxford United face AFC Wimbledon in front of the cameras, and could it be lucky 13 for the visitors? The Dons have failed to overcome their opponents in 12 previous meetings, dating back to 2009.
Following that match, MK Dons are then in action at home to Port Vale.
Bruno Ribeiro has made an impressive start to life with the Valiants, with his side sitting sixth ahead of the weekend action. Karl Robinson’s Dons will climb above their opponents with three points at stadiummk.
And all that comes a day after Peterborough and Bury go head-to-head on Saturday lunchtime live on Sky Sports.
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