After a healthy dosage of midweek Sky Bet League One action, it’s time to go again...
Black Cats rain on the Parade
A storm could be brewing at Valley Parade this weekend as Sunderland, who have picked up five points from their last three games, visit Bradford City having run out victorious in their last six league trips to the Bantams' home.
What’s more, the Black Cats have opened the floodgates in this winning run, netting four goals on four occasions. Another three points would ensure the visitors keep their spot in the play-offs.
Bradford, a side who expected to be operating at Sunderland’s current level after finishing in the top half of the table in the last five Sky Bet League One seasons, have dropped to 19th after losing five of their last seven league matches.
The Bantams will be aiming to build on victory against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night and repeat a 2-0 win over Sunderland in the FA Cup in 2015 from their last visit to the Northern Commercials Stadium.
Keeping up with the trends
This Saturday also sees two sides looking to bounce back from defeats during the week meet at The Valley in London – Charlton Athletic and Coventry City.
The eighth-placed Addicks have had the better results of late, winning four and drawing two of their six matches before losing Tuesday’s 5-3 thriller against Scunthorpe United.
Even though Coventry have lost seven of their 13 matches in all competitions this season, they have a positive history at The Valley. Despite losing in their last trip, the Sky Blues have only suffered defeat twice since 1966.
Furthermore, this season Coventry have always followed a loss with at least a draw in their following match, a trend that should not be ignored by the in-form Addicks.
Around the grounds
At the top end of the table, second-placed Peterborough United host Barnsley in sixth, an encounter that has seen 43 goals scored in the last 10 meetings at the ABAX Stadium. Meanwhile, unbeaten table-toppers Portsmouth could go six points clear at home to Gillingham, should both they and Barnsley triumph.
Luton Town and Scunthorpe United will meet for the first time since the 2009 EFL Trophy Final, where a Hatters’ extra-time goal ensured tomorrow’s hosts lifted the silverware almost a decade ago.
AFC Wimbledon have played Plymouth Argyle in every season since their promotion to the EFL, and they meet again tomorrow for the first time this term, while Blackpool will look to make it 13 matches unbeaten in all competitions at home to Rochdale.
Shrewsbury Town entertain Accrington Stanley, having only ever lost twice in this fixture on home soil. Burton Albion have beaten Wycombe Wanderers in their last five meetings and will travel to Adams Park on Saturday.
Saturday 6th October (Kick-off 3pm)
Blackpool v Rochdale
Bradford City v Sunderland
Bristol Rovers v Walsall
Charlton Athletic v Coventry
Doncaster Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Luton Town v Scunthorpe United
Peterborough United v Barnsley
Plymouth Argyle v AFC Wimbledon
Portsmouth v Gillingham
Shrewsbury Town v Accrington Stanley
Southend United v Oxford United
Wycombe Wanderers v Burton Albion