Who has that back to Saturday football feeling? The EFL returned last night but there is nothing like Saturday football at 3pm in afternoon to get fans back in high spirits.
Seeing as there are so many fixtures today, I have picked my top games from the EFL’s Championship and Leagues One & Two.
Championship – Fulham vs Norwich
This tasty opening day clash sees two of the expected promotion contenders go head to head in hope of stealing first blood.
Last season, Fulham snuck a play off spot whilst Norwich struggled to match expectations. This time around, both teams have vastly different squads with the Canaries under new management of Daniel Farke.
Both clubs have shaky opening day records which adds extra intrigue to this meeting.
The Cottagers have won four of their last eight opening day matches. Norwich however have only won their first game of a new season once since 2003. That win came last season against Blackburn Rovers, who went on to be relegated.
With both teams in Carabao Cup action this coming midweek, it’s easy to expect a quiet match but this could well get feisty with first blood in the promotion fight at stake. What might ultimately decide this tie is how Fulham line up with just six midfielders in their squad at minute.
Taking the points above into account and the fact that Norwich haven’t won at Craven Cottage since 1986, I expect a draw here.
Prediction: Fulham 1-1 Norwich
Result: Fulham 1-1 Norwich
L1 – Bradford vs Blackpool
Both sides come into this fixture with different emotions but are expected to be in the promotion picture this season. Blackpool will be enjoying the euphoria from how they ended last season but the Bantams can take solace from having gone unbeaten at home for whole of last season.
The Seasiders have a poor record at Valley Parade, having won just once in their last four trips there. That coupled with the Bantams unbeaten home record suggests there will be one winner.
Prediction: Bradford City 1-0 Blackpool
Result: Bradford 2-1 Blackpool
L2 – Wycombe Wanderers vs Lincoln City
Wycombe have been play off challengers for the past couple of seasons. This time around, they face a stern test early on against Lincoln City, who are back in the EFL for first time since May 2011.
Both sides have been busy in the transfer window with Lincoln making ten new signings alone.
There isn’t much history between these sides at Adams Park with just eight meetings at this stadium. The Chairboys won four of those home games against the Red Imps, who have three wins here. Records show that results here have been tight with the last meeting ending in a 2-2 draw.
On that note, expect a proper battle with Wycombe probably edging it, due to this being Lincoln’s first match back in the EFL, which has changed a lot since 2011.
Prediction: Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Lincoln City
Result: Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Lincoln City