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EFL OPENING WEEKEND ROUNDUP

Whilst the eyes of the football world focused mainly on Liverpool against Leeds and Chelsea’s new look squad, under the radar dotted around the UK the English Football pyramid also began the 2020/21 campaign this weekend in earnest.

Here is your roundup of all the goings on and everything you need to know!

Championship

All three relegated clubs kicked off their season with wins as they all look to bounce back at the first time of asking. Norwich striker Adam Idah grabbed an 80th minute winner away against Huddersfield Town, whilst an early Craig Cathcart strike was enough to give Watford an opening day victory against Middlesbrough.

A Bournemouth side under new management after Eddie Howe’s departure got themselves entangled in a classic with Blackburn Rovers, the Cherries running out eventual 3-2 winners thanks to a late goal from Arnaut Danjuma.

Last seasons play-off final runners-up Brentford lost their opening day clash away at Birmingham City. Swansea City who made the play-offs semi-finals in dramatic fashion kicked off their season with an impressive away win at Preston North End, Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White with the only goal.

Other Results

Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Rotherham United, Barnsley 0-1 Luton Town, Milwall 0-0 Stoke City, Cardiff City 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City 2-1 Coventry, QPR 2-0 Nottingham Forest, Derby County 0-2 Reading.

League One

There was plenty of goals around League One as Sunderland began another season in the third tier with a 1-1 draw at home to Bristol Rovers.

Ipswich Town kicked off what they hope will be a successful season with a 2-0 win against Wigan with Teddy Edwards and Gwion Edwards on the scoresheet, whilst Swindon Town were perhaps most impressive on the day as they ran out 3-1 winners against Rochdale.

Northampton Town and AFC Wimbledon played out a 2-2 draw at Sixfields Stadium with all four goals coming in the first half.

Other Results

Lincoln City 2-0 Oxford United, Doncaster Rovers 1-1 MK Dons, Gillingham 0-2 Hull City, Portsmouth 0-0 Shrewsbury Town, Fleetwood Town 2-1 Burton Albion, Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Blackpool Town, Accrington Stanley 2-0 Peterborough, Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Charlton Athletic.

League Two

The story of the day in League Two came at Roots Hall, but it wasn’t for Southend United. Instead Harrogate Town in their first ever football league game ran out 4-0 winners with a Jack Muldoon brace at the heart of the victory.

Cambridge United went second just a goal behind the newcomers as they beat Carlisle United 3-0 at home. Manchester United legend owned Salford City drew 2-2 with Exeter City.

Morecambe left it very late as they crept past Cheltenham Town, a 92nd minute winner from Carlos Mendes Gomes giving the Shrimps all three points in a 2-1 first day win.

Other Results

Scunthorpe United 1-1 Newport County, Oldham Athletic 0-1 Leyton Orient, Barrow 1-1 Stevenage, Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Forest Green, Port Vale 2-0 Crawley Town, Mansfield Town 0-0 Tranmere Rovers, Walsall 1-0 Grimsby, Bradford City 0-0 Colchester United.

With Carabao Cup action this midweek the EFL ties will begin again on Friday night with Coventry v QPR in the Championship.

History in the making? Vicarage Road could see Hornets go top

Watford face fellow unbeaten side Manchester City, who could bring the first real challenge for Marco Silva’s side.

Portuguese born Silva could lead Watford to top of the table, for the 2nd time in Watford’s existence but insists the fixture is ‘just another game’.

Last time Watford hit the top of English football was September of 1982 when Survivor were No.1 with Eye of the Tiger and Luther Blissett ended the campaign top scorer with 27 goals.

Manchester City have started the campaign strong with three wins and one draw, scoring 10 and conceding just 2 goals.

They come off the back of a 4-0 win against Feyenoord in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

City are still without skipper Vincent Kompany due to a calf injury sustained on international duty with Belgium.

Yaya Touré has been rumoured with fitness issues, while Raheem Sterling is available after his one match suspension.

The Hornets are without Miguel Britos’ due to suspension, Kiko Femenia and Younes Kaboul both picked up knocks against Southampton at the weekend, Craig Cathcart out with a knee injury along with Roberto Pereyra (groin), Sebastian Prodl (hamstring) and Dja Djedje with a knock.

The last two games have seen City score 7 compared to Watford’s 2 however, Watford only sit two points behind the Blues but the likes of Jesus and Agüero will prove difficult for Kabasele and Mariappa.

Last season Manchester City triumphed both meetings with Hornets, winning 2-0 in December and 5-0 in May.

After replacing Mike Phelan in January of this year, Silva’s Hull were fairly consistent beating Bournemouth 3-1 and drawing 0-0 with Manchester United.

However Silva departed and has had a strong start with Watford with 8 points claimed and no losses so far.

Guardiola has also had a solid start with Manchester City, level at the top with Manchester United on 10 points and still unbeaten, looking for another 3 points to take them above their Manchester rivals who play on Sunday at 4pm.