2017 begins with a bang in the Football League tomorrow with a full schedule of 36 games across all three leagues to get the New Year underway.
At the top of the Championship, table toppers Newcastle travel to 22nd placed Blackburn. The Toon bounced back from a 1-0 Boxing Day loss to Sheffield Wednesday with a 3-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest on New Years Eve. It’s been a sorry state of affairs for Blackburn so far this season but after a point away at high flyers Huddersfield on New Years Eve, they’ll welcome the visitors from Tyneside with some form of optimism.
There’s also a big clash at Craven Cottage where 8th placed Fulham go up against 2nd placed Brighton in what’s bound to be an entertaining affair.
At the other end of the table, bottom club Rotherham travel to a sold out Elland Road where in-form Leeds will be expected to pile on the misery for the Millers.
Meanwhile at Carrow Road, Norwich will be looking to put a sorry run of form to an end with a result against Steve McClaren’s galvanised Derby. The Rams have only lost once since McClaren returned to Pride Park on 12th October.
In League One, Sheffield United went into the New Year top of the table and they travel to 20th placed Bury. New boss Chris Brass has already managed his side to a point away at both Fleetwood and Bradford over the festive period and Bury will be hopeful of snatching something against the high flying Blades.
23rd placed Coventry host Phil Parkinson’s Bolton at the Ricoh Arena. New manager Russell Slade led his side to an unexpected point away at Peterborough on New Years Eve and 3 new faces – Nathan Clarke, Stuart Beavon and Callum Reilly – have been brought in to bolster their squad ahead of the big clash with Bolton.
Scunthorpe have dropped down to third in the table and after 2 games without a victory they’ll be hoping to pick up all 3 points against play-off pushing Peterborough.
In League Two there’s a huge game at Fratton Park as giants Portsmouth host Luton. Both sides sit firmly in the play-offs and will want to pick up the 3 points in front of a lively Fratton Park crowd.
Top of the League Plymouth travel to the Hive to face 10th placed Barnet where they’ll be hoping for a win to allow them to pull further away from Carlisle in 2nd and Doncaster in 3rd place.
6th placed Wycombe are unbeaten in 11 games and their fans will be hopeful of a routine victory against bottom of the table Newport.