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EFL: Weekend preview

It should be another fascinating weekend of EFL football with Saturday's Championship clash between Watford and Norwich (19:45 KO) among the highlights.

This was a Premier League fixture last season and Norwich have made a stronger start than Watford as the clubs bid to make a swift return to the top flight so the hosts will be keen to take three points off their highflying visitors. 

Vincent Kompany's Burnley are also in the automatic-promotion mix after losing only one of their first 13 league games in 2022/23 and Swansea will be hoping to cause an upset at Turf Moor on Saturday (15:00 KO).

What

Watford v Norwich, Championship

Where

Vicarage Road, Watford

When

19:45, Saturday 15th October

How to watch

Sky Sports Football

Odds

Watford 7/4, Draw 23/10, Norwich 31/20

Norwich handling Championship return better than Hornets 

Watford and Norwich finished 19th and 20th in the 2021/22 Premier League and neither club has taken the Championship by storm this season. Norwich, who are 31/20 to beat the 7/4 Hornets in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday night, took just one point from their first three matches before surging up the table during a run of seven victories in eight games. 

However, Dean Smith's Canaries have had a couple of disappointing results in their last two outings, drawing 1-1 at Reading and losing 3-2 at home to a Preston side who had scored only four goals in their previous 12 Championship matches. 

USA international Josh Sargent and Finnish club legend Teemu Pukki form a classy front two for Norwich and the in-form Sargent is 5/1 to be the first goalscorer on Saturday night. He has scored seven times in 13 league appearances this term and notched twice in the Canaries' 3-0 Premier League win at Watford in January. 

The Hornets have made their customary early-season managerial change, bringing in Slaven Bilic to replace Rob Edwards. The Bilic era started with a 4-0 win at Stoke but since then the Hornets have lost 2-1 to Swansea and 3-1 at Blackpool and it is 4/1 that Norwich win and both teams score at Vicarage Road.

What

Rotherham v Huddersfield, Championship

Where

New York Stadium, Rotherham

When

12:30, Saturday 15th October

How to watch

Sky Sports Football & Main Event

Odds

Rotherham 23/20, Draw 23/10, Huddersfield 5/2

Home advantage is huge factor for Rotherham 

Huddersfield finished third in the Championship in 2021/22, going on to lose 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in the playoff final, but the Terriers are in the relegation zone as they head to Rotherham on Saturday (12:30 KO). 

The departure of manager Carlos Corberan in the summer has led to a dramatic fall from grace and Huddersfield are 5/2 to win at the 23/20 Millers, who were promoted from League One last season. Inspirational Rotherham boss Paul Warne left for Derby in September but the Millers should be satisfied with a haul of 15 points from 12 Championship games and the New York Stadium remains a fortress. 

Rotherham won 15 of their 23 home matches in League One last season and have lost only one of seven on their own patch in 2022/23. After beating Reading 4-0, Blackpool 3-0 and Birmingham 2-0 at home they are 5/2 to claim another win to nil against struggling Huddersfield.

What

Burnley v Swansea, Championship

Where

Turf Moor, Burnley

When

15:00, Saturday 15th October

How to watch

N/A

Odds

Burnley 3/4, Draw 11/4, Swansea 15/4

Kompany's men desperate to turn draws into wins 

Vincent Kompany has made an eye-catching start to his managerial career in England, introducing an attractive, possession-based brand of football at Burnley, who were renowned for a more rugged style under previous boss Sean Dyche. 

Burnley's results have been solid but their progress has been hampered by a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and the Clarets have drawn seven of their first 13 matches this term. Six of those draws have ended 1-1, including four of their last five games, and that correct score can be backed at 6/1 when they host Swansea on Saturday (15:00 KO). 

Russell Martin's Swans are another team who love to keep the ball – they have had 60.3% of possession in their away games this season while Burnley have enjoyed 71.6% at home – so it will be interesting to see who gets the upper hand at Turf Moor. 

The home win is priced up at 3/4 but the draw is tempting at 11/4 and both teams to score, a winning bet in eight of Burnley's last 10 league matches, is 5/6.

What

Bolton v Barnsley, League One

Where

University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton

When

15:00, Saturday 15th October

How to watch

N/A

Odds

Bolton 23/20, Draw 23/10, Barnsley 5/2

Defences may dominate intriguing League One clash 

Bolton and Barnsley meet in League One (15:00 KO) and Saturday's rivals kick off with identical records in the third division, having won six, drawn two and lost four of their 12 matches. 

Both are also aiming to bounce back from disappointing results as Barnsley suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat to managerless Exeter last time out and Bolton have followed a four-game winning streak with 1-0 defeats at Cheltenham and Forest Green. 

The Trotters have conceded only eight goals in 12 games this term and 10 of those matches have had under 2.5 goals. That looks a solid bet at 4/5 as Barnsley have also been excellent at the back on their travels recently, winning their last three away matches to nil, and no goalscorer can be backed at 17/2.

What

Salford City v Bradford, League Two

Where

Peninsula Stadium, Salford

When

15:00, Saturday 15th October

How to watch

N/A

Odds

Salford City 6/5, Draw 12/5, Bradford 9/4

Bradford's Cook could turn up the heat on Salford 

Salford City and Bradford are both in the League Two playoff places after a dozen games of the season but the pair, who meet on Saturday (15:00 KO), will be targeting automatic promotion this term. Salford have impressed in their early meetings against promotion rivals, beating leaders Stevenage 1-0 and Mansfield 2-0 at home before winning 1-0 at Northampton last weekend, and they are 6/5 to take three points and 11/4 to win to nil. 

Bradford have also been in fine form although two of their three away wins this term came against struggling Harrogate and Hartlepool and they suffered a first defeat in eight league games last Saturday, losing 1-0 at home to Stockport. 

The Bantams are 9/4 to win at Salford and they will need star striker Andy Cook to be at his sharpest. Cook has bagged braces in three of his last eight League Two appearances and he is 12/1 to score two or more goals on Saturday.

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