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Preview: Sky Bet League One – Matchday 6

31 August 2018

After a busy midweek of Carabao Cup football, Sky Bet League One duties resume on Saturday, and here’s our preview of the action.

Last team standing

Peterborough United lost all but one of their final six matches last season. Fast forward almost four months and the Posh are enjoying the best start to the new campaign of anybody in the EFL.

Five matches, five wins and 15 goals makes them the last team in the EFL to boast a perfect start to this term, as well as being the top goalscorers across the three divisions. However, on Saturday they face arguably their toughest opponents yet.

Doncaster Rovers, who are currently seventh in the table on eight points, scored six in their first two matches but have drawn stalemates in the last two. They’ll be looking to ruin a second 100 per cent record in seven days after spoiling Portsmouth’s party last week.

This fixture also marks the return of Grant McCann to the ABAX Stadium. The current Donny boss not only appeared over 150 times for Posh, but was sacked as manager of United last February, a post he began in March 2016.

Unbeaten versus winless

Since Portsmouth managed a point from their meet with Donny last Saturday, they are still unbeaten going into this weekend’s visit of Plymouth Argyle, who are currently bottom of the table.

The Devon side, who finished seventh in the league last season, are winless this term and will want to quickly forget about the 5-1 loss to Peterborough last weekend.

On paper then, this fixture seems to lean heavily in favour of third-placed Pompey, who have lost to the Pilgrims just once on home soil since 1989.

However, anything can happen in League One and there could be a shock on the cards. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for this one.

Around the grounds

Sunderland, Barnsley and Walsall are the other three teams yet to taste defeat this season. The Black Cats and the Tykes host Oxford United and Gillingham respectively while the Saddlers visit Blackpool, who have drawn three of their first five.

Shrewsbury Town will be playing for their first win of the season when hosting Bristol Rovers this weekend and Accrington Stanley, who are unbeaten on the road, are back at the Wham Stadium welcoming Scunthorpe United.

Stanley’s fellow League Two automatic promotion winners, Luton Town and Wycombe Wanderers, will also face each other this weekend.

Both sides have experienced a tough start to this campaign, but after managing one point in their first three and suffering a first round exit in the Carabao Cup, the Hatters have won two on the bounce ahead of their visit to Adams Park.

Saturday 1st September (3pm kick-off)

Accrington Stanley v Scunthorpe United
Barnsley v Gillingham
Burton Albion v AFC Wimbledon
Coventry City v Rochdale
Fleetwood Town v Bradford City
Peterborough United v Doncaster Rovers
Portsmouth v Plymouth Argyle
Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers
Southend United v Charlton Athletic
Sunderland v Oxford United
Walsall v Blackpool
Wycombe Wanderers v Luton Town


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