With just a point separating the top two and three points between the bottom five sides, all is to play for on the final weekend of 2018 in Sky Bet League One
Contenders clash at Oakwell
Barnsley are yet to lose at Oakwell in the league this season but face one of the toughest tests of their so far unbeaten run at home, as they welcome Charlton Athletic on Saturday. Despite defeat at Coventry on Boxing Day, the in-form Addicks sit in fourth spot, just a point above their hosts going in to this one. It all makes for what should be an intriguing affair in arguably the pick of Saturday’s games.
Another tough test for Pompey
Fleetwood Town have won three consecutive league games at Highbury, having only once previously won more on the bounce at home in the EFL, in 2016. They’ll hope to keep that run going against top-of-the table Portsmouth, who lost to Gillingham on Boxing Day. Pompey have won on all of the three occasions they’ve previously travelled to face Fleetwood and a win here would put them firmly back on course in their promotion push.
Hatters to keep the pressure on?
Only once in their entire history have Luton Town won more than seven matches in a row, all the way back in 1977, when they won nine games in a row. Walsall haven’t lost the last four times they’ve hosted the Hatters at the Bescot Stadium but their current form is a cause of concern for manager Dean Keates, having seen his side manage just the one victory in their last nine league matches.
Southend’s 58 year unbeaten record to be broken?
Despite winning their first match in six against Charlton, Coventry City have lost just one of their last six at home. The visitors, Southend United, though haven’t lost against their hosts in their last six games and their last defeat was in 1960!
The last six meetings between the two sides in the league have seen 28 goals scored, an average of 4.7 goals per game! Let’s hope for another goal fest tomorrow!
Around the grounds
Doncaster Rovers have only won once in their last 22 visits to Gillingham in the EFL, with their last victory coming over 11 years ago. They’ll face a tough test after Gillingham beat Portsmouth on Boxing Day and have lost just one of their last five matches at home.
AFC Wimbledon have won back-to-back league games and having never won three in a row in Sky Bet League One before, but they’ll be aiming to do so when Blackpool are the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Accrington Stanley are also looking to win three consecutive matches for the second time this season – when Peterborough United, without a win in four games, travel to the Crown Ground.
Plymouth have won just two of their last 18 away league outings and face a tough trip to the Pirelli Stadium where Burton Albion have won seven of their last 12 league matches. Bradford City will hope to win only their second away game in 12 attempts when they face Rochdale at Spotland.
Scunthorpe’s current six-match losing run is their worst in the EFL since January 1998 – that’s 20 years ago! They entertain Wycombe Wanderers who themselves have only scored twice on their last six trips to face the Iron. Oxford United face Bristol Rovers in another big match up at the bottom of the table.
Last but by no means least, Sunderland face Shrewsbury Town having won at the Stadium of Light last time out in front of a Sky Bet League One record of 46,000+ fans!