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Preview - Sky Bet League One Matchday 9

21 September 2018

Once again, you have got a bumper Saturday to look forward to. Here’s our preview of the weekend’s Sky Bet League One schedule…

Last team standing

Last weekend began with five unbeaten sides in Sky Bet League One, however, four of these scalps were taken in a savage Saturday afternoon for the table’s top sides.

Division leaders Portsmouth are the only team to have preserved their record, leapfrogging Peterborough United to the top spot after beating them 2-1 on Matchday 8.

This week Pompey return to action at Fratton Park against Wycombe Wanderers. The Chairboys were victorious on their last visit to Portsmouth — a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup in 2016.

With their only league win this campaign also occurring on their travels they will be aiming to repeat the feat, but it will be a tough task. In Pompey’s last four home matches they have netted 12 goals and conceded just twice – a daunting statistic for any visiting side.

Fine form

Burton Albion and Coventry City both impressively spoiled undefeated starts last week, but Doncaster Rovers eclipsed their achievements, running riot in a 4-1 romping of previously unbeaten Walsall.

The last time Rovers hit four or more was November last year, but they managed one better against their opponent’s this weekend, Bradford City, in 2007.

Despite defeat in their last visit in March, the Bantams have won twice in three trips to the Keepmoat since the 5-1 thrashing 11 years ago. However, they have not picked up any points in their last four outings and have consequently fallen into the bottom four.

David Hopkin’s Bradford will try to put an end to this run against an in-form Rovers side currently enjoying a five-game undefeated streak, wherein they held the top-two teams, Peterborough United and Portsmouth. Now up to fifth in the table, Doncaster will want to continue to be mentioned in the same breath as the division's pacesetters.

Around the grounds

The last time Accrington Stanley hosted AFC Wimbledon, and Luton Town faced Blackpool, was in the Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final battles in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Wimbledon and the Seasiders — who are currently unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions – went on to book their spots at Wembley and win promotion. Now joining these sides in the third tier, the Hatters and Stanley will be out to avenge their play-off heartbreak.

Plymouth Argyle will visit Charlton Athletic in search of their first win, as Peterborough United, Barnsley, and Walsall will look to brush off their first defeats of this campaign against Gillingham, Burton Albion and Oxford United respectively.

Saturday will also see history in the making as Sunderland, who suffered their inaugural Sky Bet League One defeat last weekend, and Rochdale meet for the first time in history.

Saturday 22nd September (Kick-off 3pm)

Accrington Stanley v AFC Wimbledon
Barnsley v Burton Albion
Blackpool v Luton Town
Bristol Rovers v Coventry City
Charlton Athletic v Plymouth Argyle
Doncaster Rovers v Bradford City
Gillingham v Peterborough United
Oxford United v Walsall
Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers
Scunthorpe United v Shrewsbury Town
Southend United v Fleetwood Town
Sunderland v Rochdale

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