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Sky Bet League One: Matchday 19 preview

22 November 2018

The Sky Bet League One table has just six points separating the top five sides. It's tight at the top and the bottom too and the rollercoaster action is ready to go again with some fascinating looking matches featuring on the Matchday 19 roster. 


Pompey back in action

Leaders Portsmouth return to action in Sky Bet League One tomorrow afternoon hoping to continue their run at the top of the table. 

Pompey have not lost in their last nine away matches but their record at Glanford Park isn’t the best – they haven’t picked up a win there in their last five visits. 

Scunthorpe United are looking for back to back wins after their victory at Bristol Rovers and are unbeaten in their last two games. 


In form Terriers to continue run

Barnsley go in to their Saturday clash with Doncaster Rovers on the back of three straight victories – the first time they have done so in over two years. Their impressive recent run means they sit in 3rd place and just four points off leaders Portsmouth at the top. 

Doncaster meanwhile scored a hatful in the FA Cup in midweek and they will look to their on-loan striker Alfie May to instigate a win that would be their first on the road since mid-October when they won at Rochdale. 


Battle of the Blues

Coventry City face Peterborough United under the lights on Friday night. A look at the history books though and the Friday night occasion is not usually one that Posh have enjoyed – they have just the one victory on a Friday in their last 12 attempts and they have lost seven of them! They have also lost four of the last six games at the Ricoh. 

Coventry meanwhile have only conceded their nine home league games this season, and have beaten Posh on eight of the last nine meetings. A win for the home side could take them back in to the play-off places and within just three points of their visitors.


Seasiders back at it?  

Blackpool have won back to back games in Sky Bet League One and a third successive victory against Burton Albion at Bloomfield Road could take them back in to the top six. 

Their last two wins has put them back on a run that has seen them lose just two of their last 15 league games, where they have kept eight clean sheets along the way.  

The Brewers travel north in pretty good away form and have taken six points from a possible nine on the road in their last three games. It should make for an intriguing Saturday afternoon affair on the Fylde coast. 


Can Shrews change miserable record at Wycombe? 

Shrewsbury Town have won just once in 22 attempts against Wycombe Wanderers – a 1-0 win, way back in January 1994!

The hosts are in good form for the visit of Shrewsbury though and have won four home games on the spin, they haven’t won five in front of their fans since 2011. 

Just a point separates the two sides and a rare win here for the visitors would make it four wins from the last five for Shrewsbury and move them above Wycombe in the standings. 


Around the grounds 

Sunderland missed the chance to go top of the league last weekend, but will hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Walsall on Saturday. All three points for the Black Cats here would make it five in a row on their travels – a feat they haven’t achieved for thirty years! 

Rochdale boss Keith Hill has beaten Accrington Stanley counterpart John Coleman on seven of the eight occasions they have faced each other. The hosts sit just four points from safety at the bottom after just one win in four, while Stanley will be keen to get back to winning ways and are without a win in their last four. 

Elsewhere, Bradford City will be hoping to build on an encouraging point away from home at Peterborough last weekend, bringing to an end a long run of straight defeats. They face Oxford United who have not lost in five league games, but still find themselves just a point above the bottom four. 

Charlton’s resolute defence has only conceded twice in five league games and they will be confident of another clean sheet against a Bristol Rovers side struggling for form and without a win in four games (in all comps) when the two sides meet at the Valley.  

Fleetwood Town go in to the weekend looking to avoid making it four straight defeats in a row on the road when they visit Plymouth Argyle.

Meanwhile Luton Town travel to Gillingham as they look to keep out the league’s top scorer, Tom Eaves, who has scored four goals in his last three games for the Gills on their own patch. Southend United travel to AFC Wimbledon to complete the full set of games. 

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