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Five things to look out for ahead of the weekend

23 September 2022

As the Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two return this weekend, here are five things to watch out for...

Chairboys mark double celebration

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth will mark a decade in charge of the Chairboys when the Buckinghamshire team travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in League One.

The 49-year-old took up his first permanent managerial role at Adams Park in 2012 and has gone on to make history with Wycombe, taking the Club from Sky Bet League Two to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in its history.

Coincidentally, Wanderers will also mark the 135th anniversary of their first-ever game following the Club’s formation in 1887.

Live Sky Sports action

Two televised clashes are on the cards in League One as Forest Green Rovers and Exeter City get the weekend underway live on Sky Sports in the early kick-off on Saturday at the New Lawn Stadium.

On Sunday, it’s first against third as Plymouth Argyle host Ipswich Town. The Tractor Boys sit at the summit on 21 points. The Pilgrims boast a 100% record on home soil since the beginning of the season which they will be looking to preserve when the table toppers visit Home Park. 

O’s make best-ever start to campaign

With 25 points after nine games, Leyton Orient have enjoyed the best-ever start to a League Two season, beating Bournemouth’s record of 24 points back in 2009/10 when the Cherries won promotion.

After beating Walsall last weekend, the division’s leaders positioned themselves four points clear of second-placed Barrow – whom they face this weekend – having only dropped two points in their unbeaten start to the campaign.

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And the Bluebirds could prove to be their biggest test yet, flying out of the blocks this season under Pete Wild.

Cook looking to strike again 

Bradford City striker Andy Cook could break into double figures when the Bantams take on AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. The forward has notched five goals in his last three games, bagging a brace in each of the West Yorkshire team’s last two outings.

The 31-year-old has eight goals to his name and counting and could catch up to Northampton Town’s Sam Hoskins on 10 strikes if he can ripple the net this weekend.

New manager feeling 

Burton Albion’s 2-0 win over Exeter City has put a spring in their step after appointing Dino Maamria as the Club’s new manager. And the Brewers are looking to make it back-to-back league wins for the first time in November when they lock horns with Shrewsbury Town this weekend.

Elsewhere, Hartlepool United interim boss Keith Curle will lead his side into battle against Gillingham this weekend in his first game with the Pools, and Steve Ball, taking up the reins at Colchester United on a temporary basis, will take to the dugout for their game against Rochdale.


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