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EFL Weekend Preview: Mick Beale boost for table-topping QPR

Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers have been handed a boost ahead of the weekend's action in the EFL, as head coach Michael Beale has rejected an approach from Wolves.

QPR will welcome Wigan to Loftus Road on Saturday as they look to consolidate top spot in what appears to be one of the standout fixtures in the EFL this weekend.

Beale committed to QPR project

What:QPR v Wigan
Where:Loftus Road, White City, London
When: 15:00, Saturday 22nd October
How to watch:N/A
Odds:QPR 19/20, Draw 5/2, Wigan 3/1

Former Aston Villa and Rangers assistant Beale was a rather left-field appointment to succeed Mark Warburton in the QPR dugout over the summer, but the 42-year-old has so far thrived in his first senior managerial role. 

Wednesday's convincing 3-0 victory over Cardiff took Rangers to the top of the Championship following a run of four wins across their last five matches, and it came off the back of Beale being linked with the vacant managerial position at Premier League strugglers Wolves. 

Wolves then stepped up their interest in Beale by reportedly making an official approach for his services on Thursday, but he has rejected the opportunity to speak to the Molineux outfit in favour of remaining in west London. 

Beale's decision to stick with QPR will be a huge boost to the Rs' 10/3 hopes of securing promotion this season, while they should also have a spring in their step for Saturday's visit of Wigan. 

QPR are 19/20 to consolidate their place at the top of the standings with a victory over the Latics, who will come into the fixture having lost four of their last five. 

Boro turning to Carrick?

What:Middlesbrough v Huddersfield
Where:Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
When: 15:00, Saturday 22nd October
How to watch:N/A
Odds:Middlesbrough 7/10, Draw 11/4, Huddersfield 9/2

Middlesbrough have endured a difficult start to the season and they parted ways with boss Chris Wilder at the start of the month with the club languishing in the relegation zone. 

Boro have won two of their four games since Wilder's departure under interim boss Leo Percovich, but they now look set to name a permanent successor, with former Manchester United star Michael Carrick reportedly poised to take over. 

Carrick initially turned down an approach from Boro last week, but he has seemingly had a change of heart and could be appointed ahead of the club's home clash with bottom of the table Huddersfield on Saturday. 

Among the promotion favourites at the start of the season, Boro sit just five points above Huddersfield heading into the contest, but buoyed by the possible arrival of Carrick, the hosts can be backed at 7/10 to pick up all three points. 

Promotion contenders looking to get back on track

What:Sheff Utd v Norwich
Where:Bramall Lane, Sheffield
When: 15:00, Saturday 22nd October
How to watch:N/A
Odds:Sheff Utd 13/10, Draw 23/10, Norwich 9/4

At the start of the month both Sheff Utd and Norwich looked like they were going to open up a considerable gap at the top of the Championship standings, but it has been a tough October to date for the pair. 

The Blades have taken just two points from their five matches in the month to slip down to fourth in the standings, while Norwich are sixth following a three-game losing streak. 

Both teams will now be looking to get back on track when they meet at Bramall Lane on Saturday and it is United that have thrived in recent meetings between the pair, as they have picked up four wins and a draw from the last five encounters. 

Paul Heckingbottom's side are 13/10 to maintain that impressive record against Norwich, while the Canaries are 9/4 to leave South Yorkshire with all three points. 

No distractions for Schumacher

What:Bristol Rovers v Plymouth
Where:Memorial Stadium, Bristol
When: 15:00, Saturday 22nd October
How to watch:N/A
Odds:Bristol Rovers 23/10, Draw 5/2, Plymouth 6/5

No team in the EFL is in better form right now than Steven Schumacher's Plymouth, as Argyle will head into the weekend sitting four points clear at the top of the League One standings and having registered nine wins and a draw from their last 10 fixtures in the third tier. 

That run of form has not gone unnoticed, with boss Schumacher having been linked with the vacant managerial position at Championship outfit West Brom earlier this week, although he has been quick to distance himself from that speculation. 

Schumacher has instead focused on Plymouth's trip to take on another of League One's in-form sides Bristol Rovers on Saturday, as the Gas have won five on the spin across all competitions under manager Joey Barton. 

Something will therefore have to give at the Memorial Stadium this weekend, with Rovers 23/10 to make it six wins on the bounce, while Plymouth are 6/5 and the draw is 5/2. 

All change at Doncaster

What:Crewe v Doncaster
Where:Gresty Road, Crewe
When: 15:00, Saturday 22nd October
How to watch:N/A
Odds:Crewe 5/4, Draw 9/4, Doncaster 21/10

Doncaster parted ways with head coach Gary McSheffrey on Monday following a 3-0 thumping at Carlisle last weekend and they have appointed former Huddersfield boss Danny Schofield as his replacement. 

Schofield was himself sacked by the Terriers just last month and he will be keen to hit the ground running with Donny, who are 21/10 to win his first match in charge away at Crewe. 

There will also be a new man in the dugout at Newport this weekend, with former Bristol Rovers and Mansfield boss Graham Coughlan having taken over from James Rowberry, who was sacked earlier this month. 

County are priced at 23/20 to see off Colchester at Rodney Parade in Coughlan's first match in charge. 

That leaves second-bottom Crawley as the only side in League Two without a permanent manager, as they are still waiting to appoint a successor to Kevin Betsy. 

Lewis Young looks set to remain in interim charge for Saturday's home clash with Mansfield - a match Crawley are priced at 15/4 to win.

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