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Preview: Sky Bet League One Matchday 10

28 September 2018

Another bumper weekend of Sky Bet League One action is coming, and there's even a televised showpiece to boot...

All or nothing

Blackpool are enjoying an impressive unbeaten run under new manager Terry McPhillips, having gone 11 games in all competitions without defeat. However, they face one of their toughest tests yet this Saturday against Peterborough United.

The Sky Bet League One leaders have bagged five more goals than any other team in the division and netted four last Saturday. Silencing a free-scoring team is a big ask for any side, but Blackpool should be quietly confident with seven clean sheets in their last 13 matches.

These sides have lost just once in the league, both at the hands of unbeaten Portsmouth. However, Queens Park Rangers beat Posh in the Carabao Cup first round, the side that Blackpool saw off on Tuesday to ensure they reached the last 16 for the first time since 2007.

The Tangerines also have a good record at the ABAX Stadium, having lost just twice in their last seven visits. Meanwhile, Posh will want to get back to winning ways on home soil after their Pompey defeat.

Sky’s the limit

Sunderland’s trip to Coventry City will give proceedings the green flag on Saturday, featuring as a tasty lunchtime kick off – the first time these sides have met since 2007.

The Black Cats, who are third in the table, have not won at the Ricoh Arena in their last eight visits. Yet, the Sky Blues will not be giving up their record lightly, in need of three points to climb the table and start aspiring for the play-offs.

Impressively, more than 5,000 Sunderland fans will be making the journey to the Midlands for the encounter which will be played out in front of the Sky Sports cameras - meaning you do not have to miss a kick.

Thriller

Luton Town, who are unbeaten at home this campaign, and Charlton Athletic have not met in a league fixture since 1996, however, have faced each other in four cup matches in the last 22 years.

Yet, after these encounters, it’s still hard to split these sides. Both the Hatters and the Addicks beat each other 3-1, whilst the other two matches ended in thrilling draws, including an eight-goal spectacle in the EFL Cup. 

Around the grounds

Luton and Coventry are not the only sides to boast positive records at home. The last time Bradford City were defeated at Valley Parade by Bristol Rovers was in 1995. While Scunthorpe United will travel to Burton Albion in an attempt to secure their first ever victory on the Brewers’ turf.

There is also an away record to preserve for Barnsley, who have never lost at Fleetwood Town and unbeaten Portsmouth will travel to Rochdale on Saturday – a fixture that saw the spoils shared after a six-goal corker in April. 

The last time Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers met was in the 2015 League Two Play-Off Final, with the Shrimpers winning 7-6 on penalties after they scored an equaliser in the final minute of extra-time. The Chairboys will now host their Wembley nemesis on Saturday.

Saturday 29th September (Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Coventry v Sunderland (Kick-off 12:30pm – live on Sky Sports)

AFC Wimbledon v Oxford United

Bradford City v Bristol Rovers

Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United

Fleetwood Town v Barnsley

Luton Town v Charlton Athletic

Peterborough United v Blackpool

Plymouth Argyle v Doncaster Rovers

Rochdale v Portsmouth

Shrewsbury Town v Gillingham

Walsall v Accrington Stanley

Wycombe Wanderers v Southend United


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