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Saturday EFL preview: Fallen giants face off as Derby host Sheffield Wednesday

More League One and League Two fixtures take place on Saturday with the biggest game of the day coming from the East Midlands as Derby County take on Sheffield Wednesday.

It is a meeting between eighth and third and a clash between two teams who are enjoying excellent runs of form as they jockey for promotion back to the Championship.

Derby look much more stable compared to the summer and, in Paul Warne, they have a manager who knows all about getting teams out the third tier to the Championship, while Wednesday are the closest challengers to the top two sides in Plymouth and Ipswich.

League One's other fixtures mainly concern the bottom of the table with MK Dons facing Burton as both sides lie in the bottom four of the table. 

Rock bottom Forest Green are bottom of the table and face Cambridge at home desperately hoping to get the three points.

In League Two, the big games comes from east London where Leyton Orient will look to extend their lead at the top of the table facing Mark Hughes' Bradford who are fifth in the table.

The bottom two are also in action with Gillingham hosting Salford and Hartlepool at home to Stockport.

Big dogs look to prolong unbeaten records

What: Derby v Sheffield Wednesday

When: 12.30, Saturday 3rd December

Where: Pride Park, Derby

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Derby 2/1, Draw 12/5, Sheffield Wednesday 13/10

Derby and Sheffield Wednesday meet at Pride Park with both teams looking to extend their streak of unbeaten games as they head into the exceptionally busy festive period.

The Rams have had an excellent season so far considering they didn't have a squad for much of the summer and eventually had to raid the free-agent market to build a team together.

Warne left Rotherham for the challenge of steering them back to the second tier and he is doing a very good job with Derby currently on a five-match unbeaten run.

However, three of them have been draws and Warne will be keen to see his side win more consistently as they haven't actually recorded back-to-back league wins all season.

Wednesday have enjoyed a more fruitful campaign and are pushing to get back into the Championship automatically rather than having to settle for the dreaded play offs.

Moore's side are unbeaten in seven, winning their last five, and their only defeats this season have come against sides currently in the top six (Barnsley, Peterborough, and Plymouth).

Stadium MK set for big scrap

What: MK Dons v Burton

When: 12.30, Saturday 3rd December

Where: Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Milton Keynes Dons 5/4, Draw 23/10, Burton Albion 9/4

The biggest underachievers this season have been MK Dons, who occupy 21st place in League One following what has been a dreadful season so far.

Liam Manning's men made the playoffs last season, losing to Wycombe over two legs, and following the departures of key men Scott Twine and Harry Darling, have languished so far this term.

The Dons board are keeping the faith with Manning but it is imperative they start winning games, particularly at home, where they have lost each of their last six.

Burton's start to the season was woeful, losing seven of their first eight leading to the departure of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Dino Maamria replaced the Dutchman and they have improved from their early season slump but are still not winning enough games, registering only one in their last seven, meaning MK Dons have a great chance to try and kick-start their season.

Elsewhere, Forest Green face Cambridge at home looking to try and get off the bottom of the table, with Ian Burchnall's men struggling following promotion.

The departure of Rob Edwards has had a profound effect and former Notts County boss Burchnall has struggled higher up the ladder with the Nailsworth side by are the poorest performers of the four promoted teams. Cambridge head to Gloucestershire in bad form themselves, picking up only seven points from 12 games. 

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Orient face tough Bantams examination

What: Leyton Orient v Bradford

When: Saturday 3rd December, 12:30

Where: Brisbane Road, London

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Leyton Orient 5/4, draw 11/5, Bradford 12/5

Leyton Orient are flying high at the top of the League Two table and Richie Wellens' side do not look like letting their grip on top spot slide.

They went unbeaten for the first ten games of the season and have since collected 17 points from their last nine games as they steamroll their way through the League Two campaign.

Last season, they ended the campaign reasonably strongly with seven wins from 11 matches but not many would have predicted how great they have been this season after a 13th place ending in last season's table.

This weekend, they face one of their tougher examinations this season in the form of Bradford who sit fifth and are looking good for a playoff charge this time around.

Mark Hughes was well-backed during the summer to bring in an array of players and they are really motoring through the gears now with Bradford losing only two of their last 15 matches after a slow start where they picked up just four points from four games.

Bottom two face pivotal contests

What: Hartlepool v Stockport

When: 15.00, Saturday 3rd December

Where: Victoria Park, Hartlepool 

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Hartlepool 6/1, draw 16/5, Stockport 1/2

Hartlepool and Gillingham currently occupy the dreaded bottom two in League Two and relegation to the National League will be a real possibility if both sides do not start winning.

The Pools are bottom of the table as their early season experiment with Paul Hartley failed and now Keith Curle is the man at the helm trying desperately to steer them to safety.

The North East side have lost six of their last seven and face a Stockport side who have slowly climbed the table this season as they sit 14th.

Gillingham are the lowest scorers in the division with a paltry six goals in 19 games and they haven't won any of their last eight.

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