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EFL Preview: A busy schedule awaits for our teams in the Football League

John McGreal and Nathan Jones both have away trips to contend with. Credit: PA
  • MK Dons v Fleetwood (League One)

Both MK Dons and Fleetwood had non-league opposition in last weekends FA Cup matches. It was nearly one to forget for Fleetwood who went behind to Chorley Town who play their football in National League North. It took a Devante Cole equaliser ten minutes from time and a stoppage time winner from Jack Sowerby to avoid embarrassment.

It was a different story for MK Dons who eased past Hyde United 4-0 away from home and go into this league encounter off the back of two victories.

MK Dons players thank the fans after the final whistle of their Emirates FA Cup first round tie. Credit: PA

The Dons are going to be up against it this weekend with their opposition hovering around the play-offs and themselves down in 16th.

Manager Robbie Nielson has also had to contend with the fact Aaron Tshibola has returned to parent club Aston Villa six months ahead of schedule after failing to impress.

  • AFC Wimbledon v Peterborough United (League One, Sunday 14:30)

Peterborough will see this weekend's game as a great opportunity to keep pace with the play-off contenders as they take on a struggling AFC Wimbledon side.

Posh sit second from bottom of the form guide but did win last time out and AFC Wimbledon's form doesn't much look prettier coming off the back of two straight defeats.

Manager Grant McCann will be looking to solidify their defensive line. Credit: PA

Posh will also have to deal without striker Ricky Miller who won't be playing for the club for the foreseeable future.

The club issued a statement earlier in the week reading: "the football club wish to report that Ricky Miller is unavailable for training and team selection due to personal illness and related circumstances. We will be working with him and trying to help in every way that we can as a football club."

A win for Posh could take them into the play-offs however they know their defence is going to have to improve if they're to reignite their early season form - they hold one of the worst goal differences in the top ten.

  • Barnet v Colchester United (League Two)

Just two points separate 8th to 13th in the League Two table and Colchester United will be desperately hoping to climb the table this weekend.

They take on a struggling Barnet side who are dangerously hovering above the relegation zone and haven't won in their last six matches. Colchester on the other hand will be looking to continue their fine recent form of four league wins in the last six. In fact, only Luton Town have better form at the moment.

Manager John McGreal admits that it's been a good past month in the league for them but knows that this weekends trip to Barnet won't be an easy one.

  • Cheltenham v Luton Town (League Two)

Luton Town have been flying so far this season but did come unstuck last time out in the league when they were beaten 3-0 at the hands of Coventry.

That game marked his 100th in charge of the Hatters and this weekends game against Cheltenham will mark the first time being the leagues manager of the month.

It's no surprise that Jones picked up the award having taken his team up to third in the league thrashing opponents along the way.

Cheltenham find themselves 15th in the league and don't boast the most consistent league form.

With that being said Luton will see this as a real opportunity to progress to the top of the table with a win and if other results go their way.

Other league fixtures

  • Oxford United v Northampton Town (League One)
  • Stevenage v Notts County (League Two)
  • Cambridge United v Accrington Stanley (League Two)