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Preview: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 5

1 September 2017

With the Sky Bet Championship making way for the international break, it’s down to Sky Bet Leagues One and Two to provide the weekend entertainment.

Here’s our Matchday 5 preview…

Ferguson faces Posh

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson welcomes his former employers Peterborough United to the Keepmoat Stadium this Saturday.

The 45-year-old had two spells at the ABAX between 2007 and 2015, guiding the club to three promotions during that period, and he added another to his CV when leading his current side to Sky Bet League One last term.

Rovers have made a solid start to the new campaign, losing just one of their opening four encounters and picking up five points, but come up against a red-hot Posh, who sit top with a perfect record.

Tangerines and Dons clash for the first time

Saturday’s meeting between Blackpool and AFC Wimbledon at Bloomfield Road will be the first in the two clubs’ history.

The hosts have won two of their last three fixtures and boast the in-form Sean Longstaff in their midfield ranks — the on-loan Newcastle youngster has won the division’s Goal of the Weekend for the past two Saturdays.

AFC Wimbledon won their first game last time out and followed it up with Checkatrade Trophy success in midweek, but they have already returned from the Fylde coast unsuccessful this season, losing 2-0 at Fleetwood Town.

Around the grounds

The EFL weekend gets under way at Valley Parade, with Bradford City and Bristol Rovers clashing in a lunchtime kick-off in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Shrewsbury Town make the trip to Gillingham, where Paul Hurst will be hoping his players can maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign against a side still seeking a first victory.

Like the Gills, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale are yet to register in the win column — the Latics host Charlton Athletic, while Keith Hill’s side face a trip to Southend United.

Sunday then sees Portsmouth and Rotherham United bring the latest round of fixtures to a close, with the clash from Fratton Park another to feature live on Sky Sports.

Sky Bet League One: Matchday 5 fixtures (3pm unless stated)

Saturday 2nd September

Bradford City v Bristol Rovers (12:30pm - live on Sky Sports)
Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon
Bury v Scunthorpe United
Doncaster Rovers v Peterborough United
Gillingham v Shrewsbury Town
Milton Keynes Dons v Oxford United
Oldham Athletic v Charlton Athletic
Southend United v Rochdale
Walsall v Plymouth Argyle

Sunday 3rd September

Portsmouth v Rotherham United (2:30pm - live on Sky Sports)

Appointments: Click here to see the match officials on duty

Top two face off at St James Park

Sky Bet League Two’s early season pacesetters, Exeter City and Newport County, meet on Matchday 5.

Both have enjoyed unbeaten openings to the campaign, with Newport returning home for the first time last weekend and climbing the table with a convincing 4-1 win over Chesterfield.

Now it’s away game number four and a trip to Devon, where Paul Tisdale will be without the departed David Wheeler, but Jayden Stockley is available after becoming the club’s record signing on #DeadlineDay.

Colchester’s youthful U’s

One of the more spectacular results of last weekend was Colchester United’s emphatic 5-1 win over Forest Green Rovers, which was the first victory of the campaign for the U’s.

But it wasn’t just the result that caught the eye, it was also the scorers. Four of the five men on the scoresheet were Academy graduates, with Sammie Szmodics, Kane Vincent-Young and Courtney Senior adding to Frankie Kent’s first-half header.

The three-point haul took Col U to four points from four games, the exact tally of this weekend’s opponents, Cambridge United. Will John McGreal’s young talent have another result to remember?

Around the grounds

Two of last season’s relegated outfits meet at the Proact Stadium, with the EFL’s bottom side Chesterfield playing host to Coventry City.

Fourth-placed Crewe Alexandra wouldn't mind a repeat of their last clash with Grimsby Town when they meet again this weekend. David Artell’s side ran out 5-0 winners in February, although the Mariners are on home soil this time around.

Lincoln City play host to a Luton Town side who they’ve not met at this level since April 2009, having failed to beat the Hatters at home since an 8-1 thumping in 1966.

Elsewhere, Kevin Nolan takes his Notts County side to Port Vale, third-placed Stevenage visit Cheltenham Town, and Wycombe Wanderers take on Forest Green Rovers for the first time.

Sky Bet League Two: Matchday 5 fixtures (All 3pm kick-off)

Saturday 2nd September

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

Appointments: Click here to see the match officials on duty

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