Have no fear, for the weekend is almost here and with it comes football. Here’s our preview of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One action…
This Saturday boasts a top-six spectacle between Peterborough United and Accrington Stanley, the latter having lost just once in the Sky Bet League One since the opening day, as well as bagging four wins from their last five.
This scintillating run has lifted Stanley up to sixth, four points from Peterborough in the second automatic promotion spot, who have experienced a slight dip in form having won twice in eight league matches. In the last four meetings between these sides, 23 goals were shipped, including an 8-2 victory for the Posh last time Accrington visited in 2008.
Posh, who have seen off Stanley in three of the last four encounters, are the division’s top scorers with 30 goals but have the worst defensive record in the top 12.
With three wins from as many trips to Charlton Athletic, Barnsley will be relishing the idea of returning to The Valley this Saturday.
The Tykes enter the match with three wins from their last four games, two on the bounce, and just one loss on the board all season. Meanwhile, the Addicks will aim to return from their international break with improved form after losing their two preceding League One matches.
Historically, this encounter does not bode well for whoever is hosting – the visiting side have not tasted defeat in six matches, a run that includes the Addicks’ 6-0 victory at Oakwell in 2013.
Eleventh-placed Charlton have not mustered a league win in almost a month, while a three-point haul for Daniel Stendel's side could lift them into the automatic promotion places.
Around the grounds
Table-toppers Portsmouth did the double over Fleetwood Town last season. This Saturday, the in-form Cod Army are looking to avoid the 4-1 defeat they suffered in their previous trip to Fratton Park.
Southend United were one point above the dotted line a month ago, but four wins out of five in League One has seen them climb to within three points of the play-offs. They face Coventry, who have won two league matches on the bounce but last saw off the Shrimpers in 2006.
After defeat by Barnsley last weekend, Luton Town will look to quickly restore winning ways by defeating seventh-placed Walsall, who have lost once at Kenilworth Road since 1996.
Burton Albion are unbeaten against Plymouth Argyle in six meetings, but Derek Adams side need a victory to close their four-point gap from safety. Fellow drop zone occupants Bradford City welcome Rochdale, who shipped four goals in each of their last two trips to Valley Parade.
Saturday 20th October (kick-off 3pm)
Blackpool v AFC Wimbledon
Bradford City v Rochdale
Bristol Rovers v Oxford United
Charlton Athletic v Barnsley
Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham
Luton Town v Walsall
Peterborough United v Accrington Stanley
Plymouth Argyle v Burton Albion
Portsmouth v Fleetwood Town
Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland
Southend United v Coventry City
Wycombe Wanderers v Scunthorpe United