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Sky Bet League One - Matchday 18 Preview

15 November 2018

Sky Bet League One is back in full focus this weekend after a one-week break and there’s plenty to look forward to with some big games on the roster this weekend...

Sunderland to go top?

With Portsmouth not in action this weekend, a win for Sunderland against Wycombe Wanderers at the Stadium of Light would see the Black Cats top the table in Sky Bet League One.  

The Wearsiders are in excellent form and are unbeaten at home this season, having also scored in every league game. 

Wycombe meanwhile, make the long trip north having only won once on their travels all season. It’s the first meeting between the two sides in any competition. 


Luton Town still unbeaten at home

Luton are another side who are yet to taste defeat at home in this campaign. They have now taken 32 points from a possible 36 in their last 12 league games at Kenilworth Road. 

They face a Plymouth Argyle side who ended their recent 13 game winless streak on their travels with victory at Scunthorpe United in their last away game. 

If they’re to do the same this time out they will have to stop in form Luton forward Danny Hylton, who has scored three of the Hatters’ last six league goals. 


Battle at the bottom

Despite being unbeaten in their last six league outings, Oxford United had to settle for a point last time out as they conceded three second half goals in a 3-3 thriller at Scunthorpe United. 

It means that Karl Robinson’s side remain in the bottom three but a win against visitors Gillingham tomorrow could lift them above their opponents and out of the drop zone. The Gills have a poor record at the Kassam Stadium – having not scored in any of their last four visits there. 

However, in Tom Eaves, they have a striker in red-hot goalscoring form with four goals in his last three games. Eaves has bagged 28 goals for the Gills since the start of the last campaign, 16 more than any of his team mates. 


Sky Blues to continue their good form at Burton?

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough welcomes in-form Coventry City to the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow having never lost a game against them in the six times he’s played them. 

If the home side are to end Coventry’s impressive run of five away games without defeat (four wins), they will have to do it without their star man, Liam Boyce. Boyce has five goals and three assists for the Brewers and will be a big loss on Saturday. 

However, a win for the visitors could see them climb in to the play-off places if results go their way.


Stanley still on the up 

Accrington Stanley will be confident of continuing their good recent home record against Barnsley on Saturday. They have lost just once this season on their own patch, which came on the opening day.   

Since then, Stanley have gone on to win three and draw four of the next seven league games and find themselves sitting pretty in the table with just goal difference separating them from a place in the play-off places. 

Barnsley though have won the last two on their travels and are in a good run of form themselves, just four points outside the automatic play-off places. It should all make for an intriguing encounter at the Wham Stadium.


Around the grounds

Doncaster Rovers will be hoping to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League One tomorrow having lost five of their last seven games. They face an AFC Wimbledon side who are also in the midst of a bad run themselves and sit just one place from the bottom of the table.  Simon Bassey will take temporary charge of the Dons, who have also brought in Steven Reid as first team coach following the departure of Neal Ardley in midweek.

Elsewhere, Blackpool travel to Southend United hoping to overturn a unwanted record that has seen them lose the last six at Roots Hall – a place they haven’t won a game at playing in the third tier, since 1979. But having kept five clean sheets in their previous seven away games this season, they will be hopeful of ending that poor record. 

Peterborough United will be hoping they can keep the pressure on at the top of the table as they welcome a struggling Bradford City side to London Road, whilst Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town side welcome Walsall to the Highbury Stadium in Sky Sports' live midday game on Saturday afternoon. 

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