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Matchday 29: Sky Bet League One preview

There are some huge battles in Sky Bet League One, and we have previewed the most important games of the upcoming weekend.

18 January 2019

Promotion battle at Kenilworth Road

Arguably the biggest game in Sky Bet League One comes at Kenilworth Road as 2nd-placed Luton Town take on 6th-placed Peterborough United.

The Posh got back to winning ways in their last game with a 2-1 victory over Rochdale; meanwhile, the Hatters gained a creditable draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Luton are unbeaten at home in their last 21 games in all competitions, but Steve Evans has never lost a game against the Hatters in the English Football League. This has the potential to be a cracker!

Dons to topple Tykes?

It has been an impressive season for Daniel Stendel’s Barnsley so far in League One, they have been in the Play-Off places for a large majority of the season and have been one of the standout teams, due to their attacking style of play.

Wimbledon, however, have been struggling – they sit 24th in the table and five points from safety. Saturday’s fixture will be only the second time the two sides have met each other in all competitions, the last was the reverse fixture in this season’s campaign which finished goalless. 

It will be a tough task for Wally Downes’ side as Barnsley have kept the most clean most clean sheets in League One (12) and only conceding once in their last five league games. 

Plymouth to escape the drop zone?

Derek Adams’ side boosted their chances of League One survival last weekend with an impressive 3-2 victory over Southend United at Roots Hall.

They are locked in a vicious four-way battle with Bradford City, Oxford United and Bristol Rovers to keep their head above water, and three points on Saturday against Mark Robins’ Coventry City will go a long way towards their end goal.

But the Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last four matches against the Green Army in all competitions, winning three and drawing one; the last time they were on the end of the result was a 4-0 hammering in the Championship back in April 2009.

Bantams to extend winning home record?

Bradford have made Valley Parade somewhat of a fortress in the last few months, winning four of the last home league matches, which began back in November with a 2-0 win over Oxford United.

Southend United have not enjoyed playing away from Roots Hall of late, they have only won one of their last six League One away games.

Like Argyle, Bradford are in desperate need of three points, as they continue to fight against relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

Around the grounds

Top-of-the-table Portsmouth travel to Oxford at the weekend, looking to get back to winning ways after their shock 1-0 home defeat to Blackpool. They will take confidence from the fact that Kenny Jackett has won five of his last six games in all competitions against the U’s.

Sunderland are hoping that they can put an unwanted record behind them with a win; the Black Cats have never won an away league game against the Iron in six attempts.

Play-Off hopefuls Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers both have home fixtures this weekend, they face Accrington Stanley and Burton Albion respectively.

Blackpool will be looking to follow up their outstanding 1-0 win over Portsmouth with three points against Shrewsbury Town, but the Seasiders are winless in their last nine matches against the Salop in all competitions.

Wycombe go into Saturday’s game against Bristol Rovers on a high after they came from 2-0 to beat Doncaster 3-2 last time out. Elsewhere, Rochdale face Fleetwood Town and Gillingham take on Walsall. 

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