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Matchday 22: Sky Bet League One preview

13 December 2018

There's more fantastic looking games in Sky Bet League One this weekend with more crucial points on the line at the top and bottom of the table

Will Pompey away record stay in tact at promotion chasing Barnsley? 


After their defeat at home to Charlton Athletic in midweek, table topping Portsmouth face another tough test of their resolve this weekend, when the leaders take their unbeaten away record to Oakwell to face 5th placed Barnsley, in what is arguably the pick of the matches in Sky Bet League One. 


The home side have only lost once in their last 13 home league meetings with Portsmouth – the last time was 17 years ago when they suffered a 4-1 defeat in September 2001. The Tykes are also one of only three teams this season not to have lost at home this campaign. Which way will it go on Saturday?


Toney to continue goal scoring streak for Peterborough at Shrewsbury? 


Peterborough United’s Ivan Toney has scored in six of his last seven appearances as Posh travel to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow. 


Toney and his team mates have scored more goals in Sky Bet League One this season but the Shrews are in good form at home – having won their last three consecutive games. 


A win for Steve Evans’ side though could see them move in to the automatic promotion places with just two points separating 4th and 2nd at the top of the table. 


Can the history books inspire U’s to topple in-form Seasiders? 


It was eighteen years ago since Blackpool last won against Oxford United as the visitors travel to the Kassam Stadium this weekend, in hope of keeping their good run going in the league, while the U’s are in equally good form - setting up what should be another intriguing clash. 


The Seasiders have won four from their last five games but the hosts have only lost once in their last 10 encounters. Their striker, James Henry, will be a threat for Blackpool – the U’s striker has six goals in his last six games. 


Unbeaten run to continue for Luton in the midlands? 

Rewind the clock back to New Year’s Day 1987 and you’d see the last time a Luton Town side won against Coventry City on their own turf. That’s a run of 28 matches unbeaten for the Sky Blues in this fixture. 


In 2018 however, Coventry are without a win in five having won the previous five matches in a row. Luton, by contrast, are unbeaten in eight matches and have won seven of them. Their good run has seen the Hatters move in to second place in the league standings – six points behind Portsmouth at the top. 


Will Sunderland ever stop scoring in the league? 

Sunderland’s 100% goal scoring game record enters a 22nd week in Sky Bet League One this weekend when they welcome Bristol Rovers to the Stadium of Light, The visitors are without a win in 12 games at Sunderland and are currently on a run of four league games on the spin without having picked up a single point. 

Sunderland’s match last weekend at Accrington was called off but they sit in 3rd place, seven points off top with two games in hand. 


Around the grounds


Charlton Athletic welcome AFC Wimbledon to the Valley hoping to win three consecutive home league games for the first time since a run of six home wins in September 2017. The Addicks’ win at Portsmouth moved them up in to 5th place as they won their fifth match in six games. 


Rochdale welcome Plymouth Argyle this weekend having not conceded at home in their last three matches at home. Argyle, by contrast, have only managed to keep just the one clean sheet in their last ten matches and have only secured one win in their last 16 away matches. 


Gillingham have lost five of their last seven home league games and face another tough test this weekend as Wycombe Wanderers are the visitors.


Elsewhere, Accrington Stanley will be aiming to win for the first time in five league games and Fleetwood Town will hope to continue their impressive run of just one league defeat in nine at the Highbury Stadium when Burton Albion visit on Saturday.


Bottom side Bradford City entertain Walsall, with the visitors looking for back to back wins after their last gasp victory against Coventry City. 

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