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Preview: Sky Bet League One - Matchday 13

12 October 2018

A dozen matchdays down, who will Matchday 13 be unlucky for in Sky Bet League One on Saturday?

Hosts’ hoodoo

Saturday’s programme kicks off at lunchtime as Luton Town, unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions, travel to fourth-placed Barnsley who thumped high-flying Peterborough United 4-0 last weekend.

In the last nine meetings between these sides, the home team has lost eight and drawn once – 1999 was the last time that the visitors were sent packing with nothing to show.

This bodes well for the travelling Hatters, who notched their first away win of the season during their last trip away from Kenilworth Road at the start of October. However, Barnsley are unbeaten in nine home matches, a run that extends back to March last season. 

This fixture is the first time these sides have met at this level since 2004, and its live on Sky Sports.

Just can’t get enough

Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town only faced each other for the first time in 2015. Fast forward three years and seven days, and the sides will meet for the 10th time.

The Shrews recorded their first win at the Highbury Stadium in the last encounter between these sides, their second on the bounce against the Cod Army. However, Fleetwood were unbeaten against Shrewsbury in the seven matches preceding.

After a shaky start to the season, John Askey’s side have lost just once since August and defeated Tranmere Rovers 6-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy during the week. Three points tomorrow will extend the gap from the drop zone and could push them towards midtable.

Joey Barton’s men will seek their second successive league win after their impressive 4-0 victory against in-form Doncaster Rovers last weekend. A win for them on Saturday afternoon will ensure they remain in touch with the play-offs.

Around the grounds

After Portsmouth lost their first match of the season against Gillingham last weekend, Kenny Jackett will look for a response from his table toppers in the Sky Bet League One at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. 

The Gills themselves will meet Southend United for the ninth time in three years, while Rochdale and Doncaster, both struggling in recent league form, head into Saturday’s encounter after wins on Tuesday night.

Burton Albion and Coventry City will host Bristol Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers respectively for the first time at this level on Saturday, as Peterborough United will search for their second win at Scunthorpe United since 1998 to overcome their defeat at home to Barnsley last week.

In encounters between Oxford United and Plymouth Argyle the home side has won just once in 10 meetings – the U’s are hosting tomorrow in a clash at the foot of the table. Sunderland and Charlton Athletic have players on international duty and their matches against Blackpool and Walsall have been postponed.

Saturday 13 October (kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Barnsley v Luton Town (kick-off 12:00pm – live on Sky Sports)
AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth
Accrington Stanley v Bradford City
Burton Albion v Bristol Rovers
Coventry City v Wycombe Wanderers
Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town
Gillingham v Southend United
Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle
Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers
Scunthorpe United v Peterborough United

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