Here’s a look at the Week 2’s slate of games. We’ll update this with results as the games progress. The number in parenthesis before each team is their current spot in my Weekly Power Rankings. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.
This week begins with matches on Tuesday, 6 August 2018 with two games that are rescheduled from due to later conflicts with the EFL Cup. There are a total of 14 matches, so there will be four teams – Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, and West Bromwich Albion – that will be playing two games during the week.
Saturday, 11 August 2018
3pm BST/10am EST
(5) Aston Villa 3-2 (13) Wigan Athletic
(19) Blackburn Rovers 0-0 (14) Millwall
(15) Bolton Wanderers 2-2 (21) Bristol City
(7) Middlesbrough 1-0 (20) Birmingham City
(11) Norwich City 3-4 (9) West Bromwich Albion
(18) Nottingham Forest 1-0 (23) Reading
(16) Queens Park Rangers 1-2 (12) Sheffield United
(24) Rotherham United 1-0 (10) Ipswich Town
(17) Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 (22) Hull City
(8) Stoke City 1-1 (4) Brentford
(1) Swansea City 1-0 (3) Preston North End **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(2) Derby County 1-4 (6) Leeds United
Three solid match-ups this week, with the tilt between Swansea and Preston North End deemed as my “Match of the Week.” Derby County and Leeds United get the spotlight to themselves in the late game on Saturday, and Stoke City and Brentford is shaping up to be a solid match-up as well, especially with Stoke looking to redeem themselves after a poor showing in the opening match.
At the other end of the fixture, Rotherham United hopes to show that they won’t be giving up 5 goals every week, and Reading hopes that Nottingham Forest is a bit tired from having to play two times in five days.
Last update: 11 August 2018, 2:30pm EST