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Sky Bet League One: Pre-match stat pack

28 April 2023

As the season nears its conclusion, take a look at our Sky Bet League One pre-match stat pack...

Accrington Stanley v Cambridge United

  • Accrington Stanley have won four of their five Football League home games against Cambridge United to date (D1), including each of their last three in a row.
  • Cambridge United have managed to win just once in their last six league matches against Accrington Stanley (D1 L4), a 2-0 victory in February 2022.
  • Accrington have lost 11 home league games this season (W6 D5), including five of the last six – only in 2007-08 have they lost more Football League matches on home soil in a single campaign (15).
  • Only Forest Green (29) have lost more matches in League One this season than Cambridge (25), with the Us last losing more in a Football League season in 2001-02 (26).

Bolton Wanderers v Fleetwood Town

  • Bolton have won five of their six league matches against Fleetwood Town (L1), despite never keeping a clean sheet in those games.
  • Fleetwood Town have lost all three of their league visits to Bolton, conceding eight goals in the process.
  • Dion Charles has scored three goals in his two home Football League appearances against Fleetwood, including a brace for Bolton in April 2022.
  • Fleetwood have kept eight clean sheets in League One in 2023 so far, including in each of their last two outings (W1 D1); they’ve only been on a longer run this season in February (run of four).

Charlton Athletic v Port Vale

  • Charlton last hosted Port Vale in league competition in November 2016, winning 2-0 under Kevin Nugent.
  • Port Vale won their reverse meeting with Charlton this season 1-0, last completing a league double over the Addicks in 1996-97.
  • The Valley has averaged more goals-per-game than any other ground in League One this season (3.2 – 70 goals in 22 games), with 16 coming in Charlton’s last three home games (6-0 win vs Shrewsbury, 3-2 win vs Burton Albion, 3-2 defeat vs Morecambe).
  • Port Vale beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 last time out, and could record successive league wins for the first time since December, beating Charlton and Plymouth.

Derby County v Portsmouth

  • Derby are unbeaten in five league meetings with Portsmouth (W3 D2) since a 3-1 Premier League defeat in January 2008. Benjani scored a hat-trick for Pompey that day.
  • Portsmouth last visited Derby in league action in October 2011, losing 3-1. Pompey have only won one of their last seven league trips to face the Rams (D1 L5), a 2-1 win in November 2002.
  • Derby’s David McGoldrick has scored in each of his last five league games (6 goals), his longest scoring run in his Football League career.
  • Portsmouth’s Colby Bishop is on 19 league goals this season, and could be the first Pompey player to reach 20 in a Football League season since Brett Pitman in 2017-18 (24). However, he’s without a goal in his last six league games, his longest run since March 2022 (run of eight).

Forest Green Rovers v Oxford United

  • This will be Forest Green’s first Football League home game against Oxford United, last hosting them in any competition in an FA Cup first round replay in 2018-19, which they lost 3-0.
  • The only previous EFL fixture between Forest Green and Oxford United was a 1-1 draw in this season’s reverse fixture.
  • Forest Green have lost 29 League One games in 2022-23 (W6 D9); another defeat here would see them become the 12thdifferent side to record 30+ defeats in a third tier season (since 1958-59), and just the second in the last 10 years, after Crewe last season (31).
  • Oxford are winless in their last nine away league games (D4 L5), failing to score in the previous three; they last went four such games without a goal in March 2014 as a League Two side.

Ipswich Town v Exeter City

  • Ipswich last hosted Exeter in the Football League in December 1956, winning 3-0 under Alf Ramsey.
  • Exeter have lost each of their last three Football League games against Ipswich, two in 1956-57 and this season’s reverse meeting.
  • Ipswich have won each of their last seven home league games, conceding just one goal during that run; they last won eight successive league fixtures at Portman Road in a single season in November 2007 as a Championship side.
  • Exeter have lost each of their last five league games, with the Grecians last going on a longer such run in the Football League in April 1995 (run of six).

MK Dons v Barnsley

  • MK Dons are unbeaten in their three previous home Football League games against Barnsley (W1 D2), with this their first since a 2-0 win in January 2015.
  • Barnsley won their reverse meeting with MK Dons 3-1 in November, while they have never enjoyed back-to-back victories over them in the Football League.
  • MK Dons have lost their two previous league games, failing to score both times; they last went three successive league games without scoring in their first three games of this 2022-23 campaign.
  • Barnsley’s Michael Duff has lost on both previous managerial visits to MK Dons in the Football League, losing 3-0 in October 2018 and 3-1 in March 2022 during his tenure with Cheltenham.

Morecambe v Lincoln City

  • Morecambe won this exact fixture last season in League One 2-0; they’ve never before won twice in a row at home to Lincoln City in the Football League.
  • Lincoln City have won four of their last five league clashes with Morecambe (L1), including each of their last two.
  • Morecambe have won both of their last two league games – since the start of 2021-22, only once have they won three in a row in the league, doing so this season between December 2022 and January 2023.
  • Lincoln have won each of their previous two away league games, both without conceding; they last won three on the bounce on the road in April 2021, keeping a clean sheet in each game of that run also.

Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers

  • Peterborough are unbeaten in seven home Football League games against Bristol Rovers (W5 D2) since a 2-1 defeat in February 2006.
  • Bristol Rovers last completed a Football League double over Peterborough in 1996-97; they won this season’s reverse meeting 1-0 in November.
  • Peterborough have lost, and failed to score, in two of their last three league games (W1), as many defeats as in their previous 12 beforehand (W8 D2).
  • Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton has won three of his six managerial league meetings with Peterborough (D1 L2), although both defeats have come away from home in October 2018 (1-0) and September 2020 (2-1) while at Fleetwood.

Plymouth Argyle v Burton Albion

  • Plymouth remain unbeaten in six league meetings with Burton Albion (W2 D4) since a 3-2 home loss in October 2018.
  • Burton Albion have lost away to Plymouth in each of the last two seasons, going down 2-0 in October 2020 and 2-1 in October 2021.
  • Plymouth’s Callum Wright has scored in both previous league appearances against Burton, both coming with Cheltenham in 1-1 draws in 2021-22.
  • Burton’s Charlie Kirk has scored in two of his last four league games against Plymouth, although is yet to score a league goal against the Pilgrims at Home Park.

Shrewsbury Town v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Shrewsbury have won four of their last five home league meetings with Sheffield Wednesday (L1), although just one of those has come in the 21st century, a 1-0 win last season.
  • Sheffield Wednesday won this season’s reverse meeting with Shrewsbury 1-0, only their second win in 19 league games versus the Shrews (D11 L6).
  • Shrewsbury are winless in their last seven league games (D1 L6), while they’ve conceded 22 goals in 10 league games since their last clean sheet against Wycombe in February (2.2 goals conceded per game).
  • Sheffield Wednesday have won their last two league games, and are on 90 points for the season; only in 2011-12 have they recorded more in a Football League season (93 in League One).

Wycombe Wanderers v Cheltenham Town

  • Wycombe’s last three home league games against Cheltenham have all been draws with at least six goals: 3-3 in April 2017, 3-3 in October 2017, and 5-5 in February 2022.
  • Cheltenham are looking to complete their first ever Football League double over Wycombe, having won this season’s reverse meeting 1-0 in November.
  • Wycombe lost last time out at home to Lincoln (2-1); not since November 2021 have the Chairboys lost successive league games at Adams Park.
  • Cheltenham striker Alfie May has more Football League goals against Wycombe than any other side (6), four of which came in this exact fixture last season in a 5-5 draw.

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