A sad day for soccer, with the death of Leeds legend Peter Lorimer, announced today.
Brentford draw 1-1 with Nottingham Forest really opens the day for Norwich and Watford. After Ivan Toney’s early penalty, Filip Krovinović’s draw means more lost points for Thomas Frank’s side, who are showing signs of the wobbles that cost them last season.
Southampton in the FA Cup semis for the first time since 2003? No, they actually reached that same stage in 2018 when Mark Hughes was coach, losing to Chelsea.
League Two fixtures
Barrow vs. Crawley Town
Bolton vs. Walsall
Bradford vs. Oldham
Cambridge Utd vs. Forest Green
Cheltenham vs. Salford City
Colchester v. Port vale
Harrogate Town vs. Morecambe
Mansfield vs. Grimsby
Newport County 0-1 Leyton Orient (most recent)
Scunthorpe vs. Southend
Stevenage 2-1 Carlisle (most recent)
Tranmere vs. Exeter
And in League One.
AFC Wimbledon vs. Charlton
Accrington Stanley vs. Wigan
Burton Albion vs. Milton Keynes Dons
Fleetwood Town vs. Swindon
Gillingham vs. Doncaster
Northampton vs. Crewe
Oxford Utd vs Blackpool
Plymouth vs. Bristol Rovers
Portsmouth 1-1 Ipswich (most recent)
Rochdale vs. Peterborough
Shrewsbury vs. Hull
Sunderland vs. Lincoln City
Here are today’s championship games.
Barnsley v. Sheff Wed
Brentford 1-1. Nottm Forest (latest)
Bristol City vs. Rotherham
Coventry vs. Wycombe
Huddersfield v. AFC Bournemouth (postponed)
Millwall vs. Middlesbrough
Norwich vs. Blackburn
Preston North End vs. Luton
Reading v. QPR
Stoke v. Derby
Swansea vs. Cardiff (KO 5.30)
Watford vs. Birmingham
In league oneDanny Cowley’s first game in charge of Portsmouth keeps them tied 1-1 with Ipswich under the relatively new leadership of Paul Cook. That was a kickoff at 1pm.
In the championship, Brentford will be held 1-1 at Nottingham Forest. If that stays the same, then Norwich can really steal a march. That’s good news for those chasing second place too, with Watford starting at 3:00 p.m.
It’s Saturday so it must be Selhurst Park and Crystal Palace playing Burnley / West Brom / Villa … What? No, the FA Cup has ruined the space / time continuum and there is no real Barclays at 3pm. So this week’s Clocko turns its attention to the EFL, where there is so much to play for, and to our European friends. There is a full round of championship matches in which Norwich you can keep your advantage by churning Black burn. Watford, the nearest hunters, host Birmingham, under the new leadership of Lee Bowyer and trying to avoid relegation. Swansea v Cardiff doesn’t start until later and Brentford are playing in the previous game against Nottingham Forest. At the bottom, where Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday are surely sunk, Rotherham, who has four games in hand in Birmingham, travels to Bristol City.
In Europe, Bayern Munich can shoot four points ahead of RB Leipzig, who won yesterday, by winning Stuttgart. Real Madrid, third, can continue their pursuit Athletic, winning in Celtic vigo.
All that and the best of League One and League Two action. Join me.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism