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Preview: Sky Bet League One - Matchday 15

A full midweek programme of EFL action is set to get underway this evening...

23 October 2018

After the excitement of the past weekend, a full midweek programme of Sky Bet League One action takes place this evening... Who doesn't love football under the lights?

Pompey to stretch their lead at the top?

Kenny Jackett's side continue to lead the way in League Two, and further stretched their advantage at the weekend to four points after closest rivals Peterborough United dropped points.

Their opposition this evening comes in the form of Burton Albion. Since their return to this division in the summer, Nigel Clough's outfit have struggled for consistency and currently find themselves in fourteenth position - firmly mid table.

However, Clough has never lost a Football League match against Portsmouth, winning three of four contests, whilst the last two meetings at Fratton Park have both ended in draws. Whilst it is the first meeting between the pair outside of League Two, it's a potential omen to look fondly on for the Brewers.

One player to potentially look out for this evening will be Jamal Lowe. The Pompey midfielder has contributed four goals and three assists at Fratton Park this season, more than any of his teammates, as Jackett looks to continue their good run of form.


Early contenders clash...

A clash of the early promotion contenders in League One takes place this evening, as Doncaster Rovers host Sunderland at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Reflecting on recent results, Doncaster have certainly been the division's entertainers, with fifteen goals in their previous three League One Fixtures. Unfortunately for Grant McCann's side that includes a 4-0 loss to Fleetwood Town, as well as a 3-2 win against Rochdale and a 3-3 draw against Gillingham - goals aplenty.

Whilst these two haven't got a long history of facing each other, the odds are firmly in the favour of the away side. Sunderland have only lost to Doncaster once in their history, and that came in 1954. The Black Cats are the only side to have scored in every single one of their League One games so far, so expect more excitement this evening.

On a separate note, Sunderland will be once again cheered on by a sell-out away crowd, as they hope momentum can gather towards a promotion party come May.


League One newcomers have started well...

For both Luton Town and Accrington Stanley, life in League One couldn't have gone much better than it has so far.

Stanley currently occupy fourth position, a remarkable achievement considering they were favourites for the drop at the start of the season. Whilst Luton are hovering just outside the Play-Off positions in seventh place - also not to be scoffed at.

The away team has won the last three league meetings between the two sides, advantage Accrington, however Stanley have alternated between a win and a defeat in their five league visits to Kenilworth Road, and won last time out in League Two. Perhaps we can't read too much into that, then.

Stanley will buoyed after their victory against high-flying Peterborough United at the weekend, and since an opening day defeat against Gillingham, have gone thirteen matches unbeaten in League One.

Luton on the other hand are unbeaten in their last eleven league games at Kenilworth Road, winning nine of those and averaging an average of 2.2 goals per game in that time.


Around the grounds...

Peterborough United, looking to continue their pursuit of leaders Portsmouth, will be aiming to bounce back from their defeat at the weekend as they entertain Fleetwood Town. The Posh have lost their last two games on home soil, whilst the Cod Army have won just one away game in their previous five.

Coventry City travel to Yorkshire looking for their fourth straight victory in League One against Bradford City. Despite their recent good run of form and eye for a last minute winner, the Sky Blues have notoriously struggled against the Bantams, winning just one of fifteen previous away trips. With the home side just one place of the bottom, they'll be hoping that can continue.

The only team to be below Bradford City so far this season is Plymouth Argyle. They entertain Gillingham this evening with just five points separating them in the table. The Pilgrims haven't kept a clean sheet against the Gills in their last thirteen matches, a run of games stretching back to 1996 - it would be a good time to break that mould for Plymouth supporters.

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