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Preview: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 14

17 October 2017

There’s more action to come from the EFL on Tuesday night, with fixtures from Sky Bet League One and League Two. Here’s our preview…

League-leading Latics

After reaching the summit of the Sky Bet League One table on Saturday, Wigan Athletic head to Gillingham on Tuesday night.

A comfortable 3-0 victory over Southend United ensured they leapfrogged Shrewsbury Town, who could only draw with Plymouth Argyle.

However, Gillingham will be buoyant, following their impressive 1-0 away triumph at Peterborough United at the weekend under the caretaker charge of Steve Lovell.

Fleetwood a familiar face

Tuesday’s encounter between Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town at Glanford Park sees Iron boss Graham Alexander welcome his previous club to North Lincolnshire.

Both sides are on the fringes of the play-off places at present, with the Cod Army ninth on 20 points, and the Iron one point and three places further back.

In the two meetings last term, Alexander was unable to get one over on his former employers, drawing 2-2 in Lancashire before suffering a 2-0 home reverse in March.

Around the grounds

Former table-toppers Shrewsbury Town will want to get back on the winning trail once more, following two successive draws. They still have their unbeaten run in tact, and Bristol Rovers are the latest opponents.

Three wins from three have lifted Oxford United into the play-off places, and they’ll be targeting a fourth consecutive victory when Charlton Athletic – one place above the U's – visit the Kassam Stadium.

Another side with a hat-trick of wins are Rotherham United, and their next assignment comes away at AFC Wimbledon, who ended a four-game goalscoring drought at Northampton Town on Saturday.

The Cobblers, with one goal and one point from the last six, travel to Rochdale, and there's an intriguing match-up at Valley Parade, where third-placed Bradford City host Oldham Athletic. The visitors have come into some terrific form of late – picking up nine points out of a possible nine under the guidance of Richie Wellens.

Sky Bet League One: Matchday 14 fixtures

Tuesday 17th October

AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham United
Blackburn Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
Blackpool v Bury
Bradford City v Oldham Athletic
Doncaster Rovers v Portsmouth
Gillingham v Wigan Athletic
Milton Keynes Dons v Walsall
Oxford United v Charlton Athletic
Rochdale v Northampton Town
Scunthorpe United v Fleetwood Town
Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers
Southend United v Peterborough United

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Hatters on a high

Luton Town couldn’t be in much better form heading into their clash with second-placed Exeter City at St James Park.

Nathan Jones’ men have won six of their last seven league fixtures, including that breathtaking 7-1 win against Stevenage on Saturday. During that run, they’ve conceded just three goals and netted 17 times – becoming the EFL's highest goalscorers in the process.

Prior to Saturday, that honour went to Wycombe Wanderers, but they found themselves stifled by the Grecians, and Paul Tisdale will be hoping to do the same to the Hatters down in Devon.

Robins and Imps meet again

Swindon Town and Lincoln City’s last meeting came back in March 2007, and they face off at the County Ground on Tuesday.

There’s not a great deal to choose between the two at present, with the clubs sitting in eighth and 10th in the standings respectively, and the history books don't give much away either.

The pair have met just 12 times in the EFL, with the Robins winning half of those. During that 2006/07 campaign, the away side emerged victorious on each occasion.

Around the grounds

Elsewhere, Stevenage will be searching for a response to their heavy defeat at Luton Town when they visit high-flying Accrington Stanley.

Wycombe Wanderers go into an away fixture at Carlisle United in good spirits, following a run of four wins from five, and they are unbeaten on the road this season.

Coventry City and Forest Green Rovers meet for the first time when they clash at the Ricoh Arena, while Newport County host Colchester United – the Exiles are unbeaten on home soil and haven't conceded in four Rodney Parade outings.

Elsewhere, Bottom side Chesterfield go to Crawley Town still looking for a first EFL win under Jack Lester, while Port Vale travel to Morecambe looking to build on Neil Aspin's maiden victory on Saturday.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 14 fixtures

Tuesday 17th October

Barnet v Mansfield Town (8pm)
Cambridge United v Yeovil Town
Carlisle United v Wycombe Wanderers
Cheltenham Town v Grimsby Town
Coventry City v Forest Green Rovers
Crawley Town v Chesterfield
Crewe Alexandra v Notts County
Exeter City v Luton Town
Morecambe v Port Vale
Newport County v Colchester United
Stevenage v Accrington Stanley
Swindon Town v Lincoln City

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