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Sky Bet League One Preview

A look ahead to this weekend's action

4 April 2019

Sporting Life

It’s still all to play for at both ends of the Sky Bet League One table. Sporting Life’s Tom Carnduff previews the latest round of games.

Luton are closing in on promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, as they sit 10 points clear of Sunderland in third.

With 25 victories from 40 games, they sit top of the pile and are also unbeaten in 20 fixtures at Kenilworth Road.

Fifteen of those have ended in victory and the Hatters will be hopeful of adding another to their tally when they welcome Blackpool this weekend.

The Seasiders are still in touching distance of the play-offs though and have one of the best away records in the division.

Sunderland will be trying to utilise the two games in hand they currently possess in order overtake Barnsley in second.

The Black Cats were beaten in the Checkatrade Trophy final last weekend, but bounced back with a win over Accrington and are aiming for more success in another away match at Rochdale.

Dale have done well in recent weeks, though, as they look to avoid the drop. They are now unbeaten in four and only in the relegation zone on goal difference.

Sunderland were beaten on penalties at Wembley by Pompey, who could move back up to third spot with another win on Saturday.

The Blues are away at a Wycombe side looking to halt a bad run of form. Wanderers have not won in their last ten, although will be hopeful that home advantage can help them here.

Another promotion-chasing side on the road are Barnsley. Daniel Stendel enjoyed a trip to Alton Towers this week – and will be hoping for more smiles on Saturday as they go to Burton.

Albion have one of the best home records in the division, winning their past two games at the Pirelli Stadium, while the Tykes boast the third-best record on the road.

A play-off finish looks the most likely outcome for Charlton, who are 12 points clear of seventh-placed Peterborough.

Lee Bowyer has had another great season at the helm and they go into their clash with Plymouth in good form. The Addicks are now unbeaten in their last eight, with four wins from the five most recent matches.

Argyle, though, are unbeaten in eight home games – five of which have been victories. This is a game that could go either way.

For Doncaster, they could go eight points clear of Posh with success away at a Bradford side who are facing the drop.

The positive news for the Bantams, however, is that manager Gary Bowyer has committed his future to the club as he looks to rebuild and move them back up the divisions.

Rovers have won their past two, scoring seven goals in that time. Both sides will know the importance of victory on Saturday.

Peterborough are the side who will be hopeful that the West Yorkshire outfit can do them a favour.

They hold a game in hand over Doncaster, but still need to find a two-game swing to move back into the top six.

Darren Ferguson’s men ended a three-game losing run with a good victory over Southend last time out and this week sees a tricky test against a Gillingham outfit who have hit good form.

Another team hitting a purple patch at the right time is AFC Wimbledon. The Dons have won four of their past five, which has fired them from bottom of the table to within touching distance of survival.

Another triumph here could move them out of the bottom four, which they will be hopeful of doing against an Accrington side currently on a run of three defeats.

That said, Stanley did win in their recent away game at Wycombe, while also picking up a point at promotion-chasing Sunderland.

Coventry are another one in the running for the play-offs and will know the state of play by kick-off time, as they host Bristol Rovers on Sunday.

Both sides have experienced mixed form in recent weeks, although both need victory for separate reasons at this point.

Back-to-back wins for Fleetwood has also made them outside contenders for the play-offs and victory over Southend could move them to within five points of sixth spot.

They take on a team who have lost their past four and only sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference, although the Essex side be hoping that a managerial change can help to keep them in the division.

Shrewsbury are wanting another positive result in front of their own supporters when they take on Scunthorpe.

Both sides are looking to avoid relegation this season and victory this weekend will help massively in achieving that goal.


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