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Sky Bet League One preview: 9 February

8 February 2019

There's a host of fantastic fixtures lined up in the Sky Bet League One this weekend, with important games at both ends of the table.

Rovers to welcome back former manager

One of the biggest games of the weekend comes at the Keepmoat Stadium, as Doncaster Rovers take on Peterborough United, with all of the pre-match build-up being focused on Posh boss Darren Ferguson returning to Doncaster for the first time since his departure in May 2018.

It is a battle between seventh and sixth in the Sky Bet League One table; Rovers are without a win in eight league matches against Peterborough, while Ferguson is winless in his past six encounters against Doncaster.

One point separates the Gas and Salop

It’s 20th-placed Bristol Rovers against 23rd-placed Shrewsbury Town, with both looking to put breathing distance between the themselves and the other. Three points on Saturday could prove crucial. 

The Gas have only lost one of their last eight Sky Bet League One games, winning four and drawing three. 

Shrewsbury have found it difficult at the Memorial Stadium in recent years, winning just one of their last 18 EFL visits.

Hatters to extend lead at the top?

Luton Town are currently six points clear at the top of the League One table after 31 games, and will be looking to extend it to nine with a win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Results elsewhere would have to go their way if that was to happen, of course, but they will take confidence from the fact they’ve only lost one of their last seven games against the Chairboys.

However, the visitors have enjoyed success on four of their last five EFL trips to Kenilworth Road.

Tykes to keep the pressure on?

Barnsley could move within three points of league leaders Luton with a win over Gillingham, if the Hatters slip up at home to Wycombe.

It has been unhappy viewing for Gills supporters when they’ve played the Tykes in the past, they have lost seven of their last eight league meetings with Barnsley.

Daniel Stendel’s side have been red hot of late and are unbeaten in their last 10 games in League One.

Around the grounds

Portsmouth and Sunderland face opposition from the bottom half of the League One table, they take on Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United respectively.

Charlton Athletic entertain Southend United, the Addicks having only lost one of their last 11 meetings with the Shrimpers in all competitions.

Walsall travel to Blackpool hoping for a win - each of their last four meetings have ended in a draw.

AFC Wimbledon welcome Burton Albion as they continue their fight against relegation, and fellow strugglers Bradford City take on Fleetwood Town at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Elsewhere, Rochdale entertain Coventry City and Accrington Stanley travel to Scunthorpe United.

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