The Championship returns in earnest this weekend, meaning a feast of action is to be had across all three tiers of the EFL.

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  • Middlesbrough vs Luton – NO @ 5/6
  • Ipswich vs Peterborough – YES @ 5/6
  • Burton vs Derby – YES @ 8/11
  • Rochdale vs Stockport – NO @ 5/6

Middlesbrough vs Luton – NO @ 5/6

Middlesbrough welcome Luton to the Riverside Stadium on the back of encouraging form, having found the net in each of their last five Championship fixtures before the break, as well as in the 2-0 friendly win over Hibernian in late November.

Well-rested after the league’s downtime for the World Cup group stages, they know that a win will see them leap above Saturday’s opponents, who are gunning for a return to the playoffs after last season’s semi-final exit.

Luton have been tough customers and have only lost five times this season – only leaders Burnley have lost fewer – but with just 1.1 goals per game scored, the reason behind their meagre win tally of seven is clear to see.

The Hatters closed out the first part of the season with just two goals in their last four games.

Ipswich vs Peterborough – YES @ 5/6

Ipswich have kept pace admirably with leaders Plymouth in League One this season as they both vie for a return to the second tier.

The pair have 39 goals apiece for the season, but the Tractor Boys face a potentially tricky assignment at home to playoff-chasing Peterborough on Saturday.

Posh have seen their own promotion tilt derailed by three consecutive losses and could benefit from the pressure being off against a side who have been beaten just twice so far.

Goals are not the issue as United scored three times in those defeats, suggesting the affair in Suffolk could be an attacking one.

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Burton vs Derby – YES @ 8/11

Mired in the relegation places, Burton have endured a tough start to the term, but their goal figures suggest they ought to be anywhere but the drop zone.

Albion have hit 26 goals, a greater total than three members of the top seven, but leak them at an alarming late, conceding a mammoth 41 in 20 games.

Seeking to take advantage of this stat are Derby, who sit on the fringes of the playoffs and have not lost in six in League One.

Rochdale vs Stockport – NO @ 5/6

It’s been a sorry few weeks for Rochdale; while the world’s footballing elite have been showcasing their skills in Qatar, the Dale have been toiling down the wrong end of the fourth division, scrapping to keep themselves above the drop zone – the gap stands at merely a point.

They have lost their last three games, netting just one goal in total on that run and scoring just 14 times in 20 League 2 matches – a record bettered by every one of their fourth-tier counterparts except Gillingham.

The same cannot be said of Stockport, who put five unanswered goals past unfortunate Hartlepool last time out.

County sit 12th, but have outscored three of their four playoff teams with 29 for the season so far.

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