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EFL: Villa host Wigan, Boro play Birmingham, Stoke face Brentford

EFL: Villa host Wigan, Boro play Birmingham, Stoke face Brentford

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  1. Full programme of fixtures in the EFL
  2. Grealish starts for Villa, Stoke leave out Clucas
  3. Birmingham’s Monk returns to Middlesbrough
  4. 15 Championship clubs in search of first win
  5. Derby host Leeds from 17:30 BST
  6. Lampard & Bielsa look to extend winning starts

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  1. Who secured big deadline day moves?

    Sam Clucas

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    In case you missed them, here are a few of the bigger moves we saw in the EFL on a relatively low-key transfer deadline day:

    • Stoke signed Swansea’s Sam Clucas for around £6m
    • Wigan’s arrivals included Ipswich’s Joe Garner and Rangers’ Josh Windass
    • Derby signed Scunthorpe midfielder Duane Holmes for an undisclosed fee
    • Aston Villa loaned midfielder Gary Gardner to local rivals Birmingham
    • Left-back Joe Bryan left Bristol City to join top-flight Fulham
    • Nottingham Forest added Huddersfield centre-back Michael Hefele

    You can see the full list of transfers across the EFL on the BBC’s transfers page.

  2. ICYMI: An early managerial change

    EFL news round-up

    Gary Bowyer

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    This week saw the first managerial departure of the EFL season after just one match, as Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer left the club on Monday.

    Bowyer’s assistant Terry McPhillips has taken caretaker charge, ready for this afternoon’s visit of Portsmouth.

    You can read more here.

  3. RECAP: Tuesday’s action

    Matt Phillips (right) equalises

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    On Tuesday, four Championship teams played their second fixtures of the season and we were treated to some cracking football.

    The best of the action came in a thrilling final 15 minutes at the City Ground, where West Brom hit back late on to draw 1-1 at Nottingham Forest, who had deservedly led through Adlene Guedioura’s deflected effort from 25 yards.

    The Baggies hit the woodwork twice in the closing stages, after Guedioura nearly scored from inside his own half!

    Meanwhile, Middlesbrough ran out 3-0 winners at home to Sheffield United, as the Blades began the season with two straight losses.

  4. Get Involved via #bbcefl

    Your team’s transfer window in a sentence

    Now that the transfer window for permanent deals in the EFL has slammed shut, how would you rate your side’s business?

    You can have your say via #bbcefl on social media – can you sum it up in one sentence?

    Don’t forget to include the name of the team you support.

  5. Today’s schedule

    Saturday’s EFL programme

    Yes, that’s right, there are a whopping 36 EFL games today – we’ve got a full programme of fixtures and we can’t wait!

    With no Friday night, Saturday lunchtime, Sunday or Monday kick-offs, 35 matches will kick-off at 15:00 BST across the three divisions.

    Then from 17:30, there’s a cracking-looking game at Pride Park, where Derby will host Leeds. I know, right? Tasty. You won’t want to miss that.

    Here are all of today’s games in:

  6. It’s like it never went away…

    Saturday’s EFL programme

    The City Ground

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    With the 2018-19 English Football League season just one week old, we’ve already seen plenty of twists and turns, shock results and even a managerial departure.

    So expect the unexpected, as we settle down for the second EFL Saturday of the campaign.

    Welcome to our live text coverage of all 36 of today’s EFL games.

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