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EFL: West Brom host Norwich, Jones’ first game as Stoke boss

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EFL: West Brom host Norwich, Jones’ first game as Stoke boss

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Summary

  1. 10 Championship games from 15:00 GMT
  2. Nathan Jones’ first game as Stoke boss at Brentford
  3. West Brom host fellow high-flyers Norwich
  4. Full programme in League One & League Two
  5. Third v second in both divisions as Sunderland play Luton and MK Dons at Bury
  6. Millwall v Blackburn kicks off at 17:30 GMT
  7. Get involved via #bbcefl

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams and Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

  1. Championship team news headlines

    Team sheets came hot off the printer just after we started, so time to bring you some of the headlines….

    Bristol City

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    West Brom and Norwich go head-to-head in the battle of the automatic promotion hopefuls. The Baggies give Hal Robson-Kanu a start in attack after the sudden departure of Leicester City loanee Harvey Barnes yesterday.

    Nathan Jones’ first Stoke City side sees him go with Tom Ince, Saido Berahino and Benik Afobe up front at Brentford as they bid to end a run of three games without a win.

    Sheffield United were dumped out of the FA Cup by non-league Barnet last weekend boss Chris Wilder brings back Chris Basham to start while new boys Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine are on the bench for the visit of QPR.

    Bottom-side Ipswich give starts to new faces James Collins, Callum Elder, Collin Quaner and Will Keane as they desperately hunt a victory against fourth-from-bottom Rotherham United.

    There’s also the return of midfielders Cole Skuse and Emyr Huws to the squad after long-term injuries.

  2. League Two fixtures

    All matches kick-off 15:00 GMT

    Cowley bros

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    And we’ve also a third against second meeting in League Two this afternoon.

    Bury host MK Dons at Gigg Lane, another game where we’ll bring you goal flashes (goals permitting of course).

    Just a point separates these two before kick-off, but the Dons have two games in hand on the Shakers.

    Meanwhile, the EFL’s football management version of Bros, Danny and Nicky Cowley (pictured above), take their table-topping Lincoln City side to Swindon Town hoping to extend their four-point lead.

    At the other end of the table, there’s a relegation six-pointer as bottom-placed Notts County host Cambridge United who they could reel further into trouble with a home win.

    • Bury v MK Dons
    • Cheltenham Town v Tranmere Rovers
    • Crewe Alexandra v Newport County
    • Exeter City v Morecambe
    • Grimsby Town v Macclesfield Town
    • Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town
    • Northampton Town v Carlisle United
    • Notts County v Cambridge United
    • Oldham Athletic v Forest Green Rovers
    • Port Vale v Colchester United
    • Stevenage v Crawley Town
    • Swindon Town v Lincoln City
  3. League One fixtures

    All matches kick-off 15:00 GMT

    Jones Luton

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    The pick of the afternoon’s action in League One without doubt comes from the Stadium of Light as third hosts second.

    Luton begin life without Nathan Jones in charge with a testing trip to Sunderland who are a point behind them with a game in hand. The Black Cats could replace the Hatters in the automatic promotion places come tea time.

    We’ll bring you all the goals from that one as they go in.

    Leaders Portsmouth will hope to keep their good run in all competitions going when they host Blackpool at Fratton Park.

    Bottom-placed AFC Wimbledon know they need to start picking up points to stay in survival contention, but they are away to play-off chasing Coventry City.

    • Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers
    • Barnsley v Bradford City
    • Burton Albion v Gillingham
    • Coventry City v AFC Wimbledon
    • Fleetwood Town v Oxford United
    • Peterborough United v Rochdale
    • Portsmouth v Blackpool
    • Shrewsbury Town v Charlton Athletic
    • Southend United v Plymouth Argyle
    • Sunderland v Luton Town
    • Walsall v Scunthorpe United
    • Wycombe Wanderers v Doncaster Rovers
  4. Saturday’s Championship fixtures

    Phil Parkinson

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    After Leeds’ win over Derby last night, it’s the turn of the Championship’s other 22 clubs to take to the field this afternoon.

    Second-placed Norwich’s trip to fourth-placed West Brom is the highlight, while bottom side Ipswich Town face a massive game as they host fourth-from-bottom Rotherham United – a loss could leave the Tractor Boys 13 points from safety if results go against them.

    Ten of today’s games kick off at 15:00 GMT, with Blackburn’s trip to Millwall the late game.

    Bolton boss Phil Parkinson (pictured above) looks like he means business stepping off the bus at Ashton Gate for his side’s match against Bristol City.

    • Birmingham City v Middlesbrough
    • Brentford v Stoke City
    • Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers
    • Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday
    • Ipswich Town v Rotherham United
    • Preston North End v Swansea City
    • Reading v Nottingham Forest
    • Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers
    • West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City
    • Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa
    • Millwall v Blackburn Rovers (17:30 GMT)
  5. Post update

    Right – that brings you up to speed with all the latest developments on a story I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of.

    Let’s turn our attentions to the action that’s on the way this afternoon….

  6. Get Involved

    Tweet using #bbcefl

    Bielsa

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    Well, well, well – what can you say about Marcelo Bielsa and his admission that he was behind the spying controversy at Derby County’s training ground this week?

    Seen lots of arguments for and against his actions since he confessed all pre-match at Elland Road.

    With that in mind – tell us the worst piece of gamesmanship you’ve ever come across in football?

    Tweet using #bbcefl and we’ll share as many of your stories as we can.

  7. Bielsa has ‘broken football’s moral code’ – Keown

    Martin Keown had his say on the Leeds United Spygate saga while on Football Focus earlier.

    Keown feels manager Marcelo Bielsa has “broken the moral code” of the sport, after he admitted sending a member of staff to spy on opponents Derby County in training.

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    Video caption: Spygate: Football Focus pundits discuss Leeds spy at Derby
  8. Controversy clouds Leeds win v Derby

    Leeds United 2-0 Derby County

    Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard

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    It’s been an eventful week in the Championship to say the least, but it culminated in a cracking story around last night’s fixture between Leeds and Derby.

    Derby manager Frank Lampard described Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-match conduct as “unethical” after his Leeds United side beat the Rams to go five points clear at the top of the Championship.

    Whites boss Bielsa admitted sending a member of his staff to watch Derby train on Thursday, a story that dominated the build-up to the game and one the Football Association is now investigating.

    “For me, it’s not right,” Lampard told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m a big fan from afar of Bielsa, I’ve got his book at home in my front room, but that’s slightly clouded it for me today.”

    However, the pair did shake hands before and after Friday’s match.

  9. Welcome along

    spies

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    It’s the first EFL Saturday of 2019.

    We have 70 of the league’s 72 sides in action this afternoon and two managers preparing their sides for the first time. Another meanwhile heads into action with a caretaker man in charge after a surprise departure only yesterday.

    There’s already been all sorts of scandal and shenanigans occurring across the EFL this week and we haven’t even reached 15:00 GMT on Saturday yet. So what more drama could possibly be in store?

    Stay tuned for all the action as it happens here on BBC Sport.

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