Best of the Best EFL

With the season now well underway, the tables are beginning to shape up across the EFL and another enthralling weekend of fixtures gave us an idea as to what direction your team may be heading.

From shock victories to quality finishes, here are the top 5 games of the week from the EFL.

Leeds United 1-2 Birmingham City

Going into this game at Elland Road, many would have seen it as a nailed on home win, as it was a game that pitted The Championships only remaining unbeaten record against a side that haven’t won a league game since May.

A first half brace from young forward Che Adams however, was enough to see Birmingham claim their first win of the season at the ninth attempt, as they climbed clear of the relegation zone to ease the pressure on Gary Monk.

Meanwhile Marcelo Bielsa tasted defeat in the league for the first time since taking charge of the Yorkshire side, despite the late efforts of Ezgjan Alioski who halved the deficit with five minutes remaining.

The result sees The Championship title race blown wide open as just two points now separate the top six, with Leeds clinging onto their place in first.

Sheffield United 3-2 Preston North End

The next result takes us from the team leading the way, to a side that are currently propping up the rest of the league.

That is the fate of Alex Neil’s side who suffered their sixth defeat of the season at the hands of Chris Wilder’s Blades in a game that exploded into life in the last ten minutes, in what initially seemed to be a routine win for the home team.

Goals either side of half time from captain Billy Sharp and defender Chris Basham saw United take a controlled lead in a match of few clear-cut chances.

The game appeared to be petering out until Preston came storming back with two goals in two minutes after close range efforts from Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson to set up a tense finale.

The comeback was snuffed out with just three minutes left on the clock, after good work on the left by Enda Stevens resulted in David McGoldrick finding the net and securing the points for the men in red and white, lifting them up to fourth in the table.

Stoke City 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

Going into a new season as favourites will no doubt be a huge amount of pressure to any team. You are expected to win week in week out, and at least be in and around the promotion pack all season long.

Stoke City however, did not read the script.

Gary Rowett’s side have begun the season like a team expecting to struggle in a league that they have been above for the past decade, as they slumped to a fourth defeat in nine games at home to newly promoted Blackburn.

The hosts were booed off at the interval after first half goals from Danny Graham and in-form Bradley Dack, and their anger will only have increased when Harrison Reed put the away side three up less than a minute after the restart.

But the Potters dreams of a comeback were brought to life in the space of two minutes through Tom Ince and a first league goal since February 2016 for Saido Berahino.

The misfiring striker’s hopes of redemption came crashing down however, as he summed up Stoke’s day by placing a stoppage time penalty against the crossbar, ensuring Rovers headed back to Lancashire with all three points.

Gillingham 2-4 Peterborough United

After last week saw the Posh lose their unbeaten record to promotion rivals Portsmouth, they would’ve been hoping to bounce back with victory at a Gillingham side that were winless in their last six.

Despite having to come from behind, the away side did indeed reclaimed top spot in what turned out to be a goalfest.

Callum Reilly’s half-volley cancelled out a dominant Peterborough’s opener from Jamie Walker, before Mark Byrne’s low strike put the home side in front.

Peterborough rallied however, and an equaliser soon followed through Siriki Dembele before he then turned provider for Ivan Toney’s sensational finish.

Substitute Callum Cooke’s late goal ensured the points went the way of the high flyers, as Gillingham dropped into the relegation zone.

Oldham Athletic 3-3 Colchester United

Oldham were tipped to struggle this season despite being at this level for the first time in nearly 40 years, but they have shown resilience so far in the campaign to currently occupy a play-off spot.

That resilience was put to the test against a Colchester side with the best goal difference in the league, as their firepower showed after early goals in both halves from Luke Norris and Harry Pell saw the Essex side take control.

Striker Sam Surridge gave the Latics brief dreams of a comeback before Norris grabbed his second and Colchester’s third to stretch the lead once more.

The home side did not give up however, as Surridge scored again to give them hope, before captain Peter Clarke headed in a late corner to ensure that this promotion battle ended with the points being shared.