With a weekend of international football taking place this weekend there’s a rare chance for Leagues One and Two to take centre stage on the home front. And whilst the money bags of the Premier League has been trotting away with only two major surprises – Liverpool’s demise and West Brom’s rise – going against the norm.
But if you’re an armchair fan with nothing to do this weekend but paint the shed or put up a shelf, head down to a local league team because it’s one of the only chances you’ll get to savour the wonders of the lower leagues.
In League One, Brighton and Hove Albion (who we have beaten this season of course!) are causing everyone to stand up and take note with their industrious performances under Gus Poyet and lead the division going into this weekend. Poyet’s men should be heralded not just for keeping the Posh off top spot but for doing so well ahead of the so called bigger clubs in the division. Charlton, Huddersfield, Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday who all languish in mid-table.
Fellow surprises come from Bournemouth who, despite losing 2-0 at St Mary’s last weekend, have stunned League One so far and are third whilst Rochdale, Exeter and Carlisle all punching above their weight.
League Two has had just as many twists in form with the plight of Peter Taylor’s Bradford a huge talking point with the Bantams second bottom. Simon Davey has been shown the door at Hereford with the club bottom of the pile – another pre-season favourite in the doldrums as we speak.
Accrington continue to surprise at the other end with only one defeat all season but Port Vale have set the league on fire and proven that they are more than just dark horses this season. Rico continues to knock in the goals for Vale to send them three points clear at the top.
So there’s plenty of entertainment to be had this weekend so get out of your chair and get down to your local football league club to bask in the glory of some of the most competitive leagues in the world!