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Matchday 31: Sky Bet League One preview

1 February 2019

Matchday 31 is here and there are some big games up and down the country – here’s what is coming up…

Pompey to play up against Rovers?

There have been some crazy games between Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers over the past two season, mainly due to the goalkeepers of the respective teams getting sent off or injured, and an outfield player having to pull on the gloves.

Kal Naismith and Ben Whiteman have been those players in recent seasons, so let's see if Saturday brings a hat-trick of outfield goalkeepers in this fixture.

Rovers have a good record in this particular fixture, they have won three of their last five league games against Pompey at Fratton Park, with John Marquis scoring four in his last four games over his former loan club.

AFC Wimbledon’s misery to continue? 

Sky Bet League One bottom club AFC Wimbledon are eight points from safety and winless in their last five league games, having only picked up one point in 2019. 

The Dons are among four teams to be visiting the Stadium of Light for a league game for the first time this season, and are likely to face a tough test.

The Black Cats will be looking to make it back-to-back wins over their opponents, following on from a 2-1 win back in August’s reverse fixture.

Hatters on the charge

After a huge 3-2 win over Portsmouth in midweek, Luton Town sit comfortably at the top of the League One table, and travel to 19th-placed Shrewsbury Town looking to maintain their current hot streak.

The Hatters are unbeaten in their last 17 league games, winning 13 and drawing four, and are just two games short of their EFL record of 19 without defeat.

However, Shrewsbury will be tough opposition for the visitors; they have won their last two home league games against Luton by an aggregate scoreline of 5-0.

Home record over Iron crucial to Tykes

Despite suffering relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last season, Daniel Stendel’s Barnsley have put that firmly to the back of their minds by charging up to third in the League One standings.

They missed the chance to overtake Portsmouth in midweek after picking up a point away at Oxford United, battling back to snatch a result after being 2-0 down.

The Tykes have lost one of their last 17 home matches against Scunthorpe, but the Iron have only lost two of their 10 league games against the South Yorkshire outfit. 

Around the grounds

Darren Ferguson kicked off his third stint in charge of Peterborough United with a 2-2 draw against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, and will be looking to follow that up with a win over Derek Adams’ Plymouth Argyle at the weekend.

Fourth-placed Charlton Athletic and Fleetwood Town go head-to-head at Highbury on Saturday; both teams will be hoping for a better game than their last two league meetings, which both finished goalless.

Meanwhile, Blackpool take the short trip to Accrington Stanley, looking to continue a Play-Off push of their own, with little separating the sides immediately outside the top six. Wycombe Wanderers sit just below Blackpool, having won eight of their last 10 home games in the league, and entertain Bradford City at the weekend.  

It’s equally tight at the bottom, too. Rochdale have recently slipped into the relegation zone, but a victory over Walsall could see them climb to 17th in the league standings.

Elsewhere, Burton Albion take on Oxford United, Coventry City entertain Gillingham and 23rd-placed Bristol Rovers travel to Roots Hall to face Southend United.

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