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Sky Bet League One - Matchday 17 preview

2 November 2018

It was another dramatic weekend in Sky Bet League One last time out. As every week continues, don’t be surprised for more of the same once again in Matchday 17 this Saturday. 

 

Contrast in fortunes

Pompey have 35 points from their first 16 Sky Bet League One games this season; only in 1979-80 (36 points) and 2002-03 (38) have they had more after 16 games in a Football League season. They were promoted on both occasions.

By contrast, it’s been a difficult start to the season for the Bantams. Since the start of 2018, Bradford City have lost 23 league games, and they will be hoping their fortunes can change this weekend against Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth. 

The two sides meet at Valley Parade on Saturday but such is the nature of this fascinating league, nothing can be taken for granted. Pompey are without a win in their last two league games and last season it was Bradford who came out on top in the two meetings between them. 

 

Can Stanley end Coventry City's run?

Coventry City made it five wins in a row last weekend and are one of the sides flying high in Sky Bet League One. They meet Accrington Stanley who have surprised many with their impressive start to the campaign. 

The two sides have only ever met twice in their history – in Sky Bet League Two last season – where it was Stanley who came out on top on both occasions. 

Neck and neck in the table, the visitors are only above the Sky Blues in the table on goals scored. 

 

Sunderland showing no signs of wearing 

Sunderland could well find themselves in the automatic promotion spots by the end of the weekend if results elsewhere go their way. As well as Coventry City, they have won their last five straight league games and are full of confidence. 

They travel to Plymouth Argyle who despite struggling for form in the opening third of the season, have improved at home of late, with two wins from three outings at Home Park. Despite this, they remain just the three points from the foot of the table. 

 

99 problems but the goals ain’t one 

Ian Henderson is Sky Bet League One’s top goalscorer this season and if he scores this weekend for Rochdale against Luton Town – he will have 100 career goals for his beloved Dale. 

The home side’s victory at the weekend was their first home league win in four games though and they face a Luton Town side who have won their last three matches in a row and boast one of the best home records in the EFL.

But with their captain Henderson having bagged four times in as many games, the home side will be confident of securing back to back wins. 

 

Around the grounds

Blackpool will be looking to get back to winning ways after they lost to Fleetwood Town for the first time in their history last weekend. The Seasiders haven’t conceded a goal in their last two league games at home and are unbeaten in the last seven as they get ready to face a Bristol Rovers side who sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference. 

Second placed Peterborough United returned to winning ways with back to back victories and they’ll be hopeful of continuing that run when they travel to Wycombe Wanderers. However, Adams Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Posh of late, with just the one win in 10 visits – all the way back in 2003. 

Doncaster Rovers haven’t lost three games in a row since September of last year and they will hope to do avoid doing so again when they travel to Charlton Athletic. Lee Bowyer’s Addicks have been strong at home in this campaign though, and  have only lost once in their last six at The Valley. 

 

 

 

 


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