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Sky Bet League One Preview

A look ahead to this weekend's action

7 March 2019

Sporting Life

It’s set to be another exciting weekend in Sky Bet League One. Sporting Life’s Tom Carnduff previews the upcoming action.

Luton are looking good for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship with a seven-point gap between themselves and third.

The Hatters continue to pick up positive results and find themselves as the odds-on favourites for the title with 11 games remaining.

They will be hoping that continues this week as they travel to Plymouth, who saw defeat to Sunderland end a positive run.

Argyle are still in a good position, though, and will be hopeful of inflicting what will be Luton’s fifth defeat of the season.

Sunderland are one side who do not lose many games – just two in the league this term – but 14 draws sees them sit just outside the automatic promotion spots.

They have been winning games in recent weeks, with three third tier triumphs in succession. The Black Cats have also secured a spot at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy final.

Wycombe are up next and looking to halt a run of four defeats on the bounce. They do have one of the best home records in the division, though, and will hope to draw confidence from that.

In between those two in second is Barnsley, and they will want to continue their strong home form when they take on Accrington.

The Tykes are yet to be beaten in the league at Oakwell this season and that has helped to fire them into promotion contention.

However, Stanley collected a point at Sunderland in their last away outing and will be hoping for at least a draw on Saturday.

There’s a potential dress rehearsal for the play-offs at the Valley in Saturday’s late kick-off, where Charlton meet Pompey, with five points separating the two teams.

Both have seen one win and three draws in their past four outings, although the Blues will be hopeful that the best away record in the division can see them pick up something here.

Doncaster are looking to get back to winning ways in their quest for the top six, having failed to pick up maximum points in their three most recent fixtures.

A trip to bottom club AFC Wimbledon is next up on Saturday. The Dons may be nine points adrift of safety, but have lost just one of their past four, two of which have been wins.

They will be hoping that Walsall slip up in their quest for safety. However, the Saddlers have a win and a draw in their last two, as they look to move away from the drop zone.

Fleetwood are the visitors next and Joey Barton’s men are still in the running for the play-offs. They have lost just one of their five most recent fixtures.

Blackpool are mighty once again and will be hoping a bouncing Bloomfield Road crowd will see victory as they welcome Southend.

The hosts could move to within a point of the play-offs with a win and a strong defensive record this season might help them do just that.

Sitting above Blackpool are Peterborough, who are striving for more League One play-off success under Darren Ferguson’s guidance.

Posh go into the weekend on the back of two wins from three games and travel to struggling Bradford, who have lost three of their last four, but will be optimistic of a new manager bounce under Gary Bowyer.

Another side who have opted with a change in the dug-out are Rochdale, who ended their lengthy spell with Keith Hill at the helm as they look to retain their League One status.

A visit from in-form Shrewsbury is up next, with Sam Ricketts’ men moving themselves away from the bottom four with a number of positive results.

Two sides who also want to climb clear of the relegation zone are Gillingham and Oxford, with the two facing each other on Saturday.

Despite their league positions, they have been picking up wins in recent weeks, which sets this one up to be a contest that can go either way.

Coventry get the weekend underway with a home tie against Burton on Friday night. Victory for the Sky Blues will move them to within a point of the play-offs and they will also hope that results go their way on Saturday as they aim for a place in the top six.

Scunthorpe have hit a bit of a rough patch following a number of good results under Stuart McCall, but this week sees them play at home against relegation-threatened Bristol Rovers.

The visitors got a 4-0 win over Blackpool last time out and will be aiming to build on that, while The Iron try to stop a run of three without defeat.


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