Only three teams in the EFL have 100% records. Which one is most likely to see that broken this weekend?
Ipswich Town and Leicester City of the Championship, and Gillingham in League Two are the only teams left with perfect records this year. The Gills have played one game more, so that makes their start perhaps more impressive. So, as we start to look ahead to this weekend’s games, which out of these three is likely to see that first blip in their season?
Ipswich Town have done remarkably well on their return to the Championship having gained promotion last season they have kept that momentum going. An opening day trip to Sunderland saw a 2-1 win, and then they dispatched Stoke City with relative ease before a single goal put paid to Queens Park Rangers’ challenge. On Saturday they take on Leeds United, a team that has started slowly as they adapt to life after Premier League relegation last term.
A team that isn’t suffering a relegation hangover is Leicester City. They have responded in the best way possible winning all three of their games, all by a single-goal margin. Coventry fell first, a 2-1 win. Then on their travels, the Foxes beat Huddersfield Town with the only goal in a tight game. Then this past weekend in another tightly fought contest they overcome Cardiff City 2-1. Onto this week and a trip to Rotherham United, where they will fancy their chances of taking all three points again.
Then we drop down to League Two and the only team in that division that remains faultless. Gillingham has had to grind out wins, with three of their four coming away from home, and each result has been a 1-0 result. The much fancied Stockport County were their hosts on opening day, then back home to defeat Accrington Stanley. Then back to back away wins at Sutton United and Crawley Town. Throw a 3-1 win over Southampton in the Carabao Cup, and it has been an impressive start to the new season. They have a home match this Saturday against Colchester United.
So, who will be the first out of these three to drop points? Well given the way Gillingham has started you will have to question whether the lack of goals will catch up with them. However, I don’t think it will be this week as they face a Colchester side that is bottom of the league without a single point to their name. So this should be another win for the Kent team. Leicester City are well placed to take maximum points also this coming matchday. They are away from home but Rotherham have only a point and have shipped eight goals in their three games so far. This leaves Ipswich and its home match against Leeds. Home advantage will help but the Yorkshire team is desperate to kickstart their season, and I can see this playing out to an entertaining draw.