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Sky Bet League One preview: Feb 23-24

22 February 2019

Another big weekend in Sky Bet League One is upon us, and we have previewed all the games for you.

M180 derby at Glanford Park

Scunthorpe United entertain Doncaster Rovers at Glanford Park on Saturday in the M180 Derby.

The Iron have seemingly turned their fortunes around since the appointment of Stuart McCall, which has seen them rise to 15th in Sky Bet League One.

Glanford Park has been a happy hunting ground for Rovers in recent years, producing eight wins and five draws.

Rovers legend James Coppinger, at the tender age of 38, is the only League One player to register double figures for assists this season (11) and will be looking to add to his tally here.

Pompey to break draw hoodoo?

Portsmouth have drawn their last four games in Sky Bet League One, their most recent share of the spoils came against Southend United at Roots Hall, which saw Kenny Jackett’s side surrender a 3-0 lead.

Barnsley also drew last time out, finding it difficult to force a way through a resolute Burton Albion side on Tuesday night.

Pompey have only lost one of the last 19 league games at Fratton Park against the Tykes, winning 13 and drawing five.

Striker Cauley Woodrow is clearly enjoying 2019, having scored six League One goals since the turn of the year; only Luton Town’s James Collins has more (9).

AFC Wimbledon to rally again?

After their midweek heroics at Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon will be looking to make it back-to-back victories in Sky Bet League One.

A last-minute penalty from Joe Pigott secured his first senior hat-trick as well as three valuable points for the Wombles.

Charlton Athletic will make the trip to Kingsmeadow at the weekend, hoping to heap pressure on Portsmouth and Sunderland above them.

Wimbledon are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions against the Addicks.

Hatters on the charge

With 71 points on the board as it stands, Luton Town are looking nowhere but up as they continue their incredible run in League One.

Since the start of last season, only Manchester City (53) have won more league matches in the top four tiers of English football than the Hatters (46).

Coventry City are the visitors to Kenilworth Road on Sunday afternoon - the Sky Blues have scored in each of their last seven games against Luton, winning on four of those occasions.

But this fixture has been pleasant viewing for Hatters supporters in recent seasons, as they have seen their side win five of their last seven home games against Coventry.

Around the grounds

Jack Ross and his Sunderland side got back to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Gillingham last time out.

The Black Cats travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, with the home side looking to beat Sunderland for the first time since 1992.

Three Blackpool points against struggling Oxford United could go a long way for the Tangerines as they look to keep in touch with the Play-Off places.

Peterborough United sit just above Terry McPhillips’ side in the league standings, the Posh are set to welcome 21st-placed Shrewsbury Town to the ABAX Stadium.

Elsewhere, Gillingham travel to Wycombe Wanderers, Walsall entertain relegation-threatened Bradford City and Rochdale have a 600-mile round trip to Plymouth Argyle to navigate.

Southend United head to the Wham Stadium to take on Accrington Stanley, and are unbeaten in their last four trips there.

And finally, Burton Albion welcome Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town to the Pirelli Stadium.


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