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EFL Weekend Preview: Duo hoping to make winning starts

There will be two new managers in Championship dugouts this weekend, with Michael Carrick and Carlos Corberan hoping to enjoy fast starts at Middlesbrough and West Brom respectively.

Former Manchester United and England star Carrick was named Boro's new head coach on Monday - his first permanent managerial position - while former Huddersfield Town boss Corberan was confirmed as Steve Bruce's successor at the Hawthorns 24 hours later.

Both men will be tasked with lifting their respective clubs up the table, with Boro heading into the weekend sitting above the relegation zone on goal difference alone, while the Baggies are three points further back in 23rd position.

Carrick and co. head to Deepdale

WhatPreston North End v Middlesbrough, Championship
WhereDeepdale, Preston
When15:00 Saturday 29th October
OddsPreston 9/5, Draw 2/1, Middlesbrough 7/4

After parting ways with former boss Chris Wilder at the start of the month, Boro have now turned to Carrick to help kick-start their season, although he arrives at a club who have managed to take four points from their last two fixtures under the stewardship of caretaker boss Leo Percovich.

That gives Carrick a platform to build upon and he does boast plenty of coaching, if not managerial experience, as he was part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's coaching team at Manchester United and led the Red Devils to two wins and a draw during an interim spell in charge following the Norwegian's sacking last November.

Carrick will now hope to enjoy similar success at Boro, who are 7/4 to claim all three points from his first match in charge at Preston this weekend.

Preston are 9/5 to spoil Carrick's day, but Boro could well be facing the Lilywhites at the right time, as they have lost three of their last four fixtures, while their previously impressive defensive record has also taken a hit over the same period.

Corberan looking to get Baggies bouncing

WhatWest Brom v Sheffield United, Championship
WhereThe Hawthorns, West Bromwich
When12:30, Saturday 29th October
How to watchSky Sports Football & Main Event
OddsWest Brom 13/10, Draw 23/10, Sheff Utd 21/10

It has been a disastrous start to the season for West Brom, who started the campaign as one of the promotion favourites but will head into Saturday's lunchtime clash with Sheff Utd just one place off the bottom of the Championship standings.

That poor return ultimately cost Bruce his job and the Baggies have now turned to Spaniard Corberan, who makes a swift return to the second tier of English football after helping Huddersfield reach last season's playoff final.

Corberan surprisingly left the Terries after their Wembley defeat to Nottingham Forest, and following an ill-fated spell at Greek giants Olympiacos, he will now be hoping to have an immediate impact with WBA.

The 39-year-old's first match in charge will be a home clash with a Sheff Utd side that have gone off the boil over recent weeks, failing to win any of their last six games.

With what is sure to be a raucous home support behind them, 13/10 Albion will be hopeful of claiming a victory over the misfiring Blades.

Wigan seek stability with Richardson

WhatWigan Athletic v Watford, Championship
WhereDW Stadium, Wigan
When15:00 Saturday 29th October
OddsWigan 21/10, Draw 9/4, Watford 11/8

There has been speculation regarding Wigan's financial situation following the late payment of player wages this month, with chief executive Malachy Brannigan being forced to deny talk that the club is up for sale.

Regardless of what is happening behind the scenes, there does appear to be stability on the pitch for the Latics, with manager Leam Richardson having signed a new three-year contract with the club earlier this week.

Richardson led Wigan to the League One title last season and they have more than held their own in the Championship to date, although a three-match losing streak suggests they will be heading into Saturday's home clash with Watford out of form.

The visitors are still getting used to life under Slaven Bilic, who has won three and lost three since taking over as head coach last month, a run which includes back-to-back away losses to Blackpool and Millwall.

Watford do have an impressive record against Wigan, losing just two of the last 10 meetings between the two sides, and the Hornets are 11/8 to collect a rare three points on the road at the DW Stadium.

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Tractor Boys eye top spot

WhatCharlton Athletic v Ipswich Town, League One
WhereThe Valley, London
When15:00 Saturday 29th October
OddsCharlton 3/1, Draw 13/5, Ipswich 10/11

With leaders Plymouth Argyle not in action until Monday, second-placed Ipswich Town can move top of the standings, but only if they claim a victory at Charlton Athletic in the pick of this weekend's League One fixtures.

The omens are good for the Tractor Boys, who boast the best away record in the third tier this season, winning six of their eight games on the road to date, including their midweek success at Port Vale.

Kieran McKenna's side will be full of confidence and are 10/11 to leave The Valley with all three points, although they will be facing an improving Addicks outfit, who had won three on the spin prior to their midweek home loss to MK Dons.

No stopping Orient at the moment

After a wobble at the start of the month, League Two leaders Leyton Orient appear to be back in form and they will be aiming to record a third-straight victory when fifth-placed Salford City visit Brisbane Road.

Orient are 9/4 to win League Two this season and it is easy to see why, given they have lost just one of their opening 15 games.

Head coach Richie Wellens knows all about lifting the fourth-tier title, having done so with Swindon Town in 2020.

A home clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Salford will provide Orient with a stern test of their credentials, particularly as the visitors have won their last four away fixtures in the division.

A fifth away success on the bounce for Salford can be backed at 3/1, but 19/20 Orient are sure to take some stopping.

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