There’s another bundle of games in the EFL this week and instead of spending a good 20 minutes looking at all the fixtures and deciding who’ll be who, we feel the best bet is to carry on reading this blog as we’ve studied the form, the head to head records, everything and have managed to narrow it down to five certainties, that will probably, maybe happen this weekend in the Football League…
It’s been a terrific season so far for Cardiff City and they know a home win against a Millwall side who have won two and lost two of their last five could put them top of the table depending on Wolves’ result at QPR on the same day. The visitors’ recent form has pushed them pretty comfortably clear of danger and they’re six points off the relegation zone, but Neil Harris heads back to the Welsh capital having spent a short loan spell at Cardiff during his playing days in 2004, but his side have only won once of the last ten meetings. Flying high and unbeaten at home in the Championship, you’d have to fancy the Bluebirds to get another win on the board. There’s a rivalry with the fans in this fixture and there’s no doubt Neil Warnock will get the hosts up for this one.
The Black Cats find themselves in the relegation zone, which is a sentence that’s been said for about five or six seasons now, and after a decent early couple of games, have dropped off and struggled for victories. Opponents Bristol City have been in amongst the goals this season and will have been buoyed by their Carabao Cup home draw against Manchester United in midweek. No doubt Lee Johnson will be telling the players that they can earn their starting place for that game in fixtures leading up to the big occasion at Ashton Gate in a few weeks time. However, Sunderland are unbeaten in their last five games against the Robins, with the last City win coming back in 1993. However, we fancy Bristol City to win this one and continue their fine goalscoring form.
AFC Wimbledon’s luck in front of goal still doesn’t appear to be getting any better and the Dons make the short trip to the Valley to take on a high flying Charlton Athletic side who have really improved this season in Karl Robinson’s first full campaign in charge. A win will push the hosts closer to the top two in League One and possibly push the visitors into the relegation zone depending on Bury’s result. However, Neal Ardley’s side haven’t lost to Charlton in the only two meetings, which both came last season. Charlton are unbeaten in their last five games.
Free scoring Rotherham have bagged 28 goals so far this season – a record that’s only been bettered by Wigan Athletic – and a big reason for them being so high up in the table is Kieffer Moore, who is the current top scorer in League One. Opponents Gillingham have had a tricky time this term and still find themselves in the bottom four. They are onto their third manager of the season and even a win still won’t take them out of the relegation zone. Rotherham have won the last two against Gillingham, with the Kent side struggling to score all season – finding the net only nine times so far domestically. We expect a comfortable afternoon for the Millers.
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