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Sky Bet League One: Pre-match stat pack

20 January 2023

There's more Sky Bet League One on the way this weekend and here's a rundown of all the important stats and facts!

Barnsley v Accrington Stanley

  • Barnsley are unbeaten in all three previous Football League meetings with Accrington Stanley (W2 D1), winning the only previous encounter at Oakwell 2-0 in March 2019.
  • Accrington Stanley’s only previous Football League goal against Barnsley came in the reverse fixture in December, with Tommy Leigh’s penalty securing a point in a 1-1 draw.
  • Barnsley have lost each of their last two league games, without scoring on both occasions. Not since October 2015 have the Tykes lost three consecutive games in League One without scoring, as part of an eight-game losing streak.
  • Accrington won last time out against Bristol Rovers, and could win consecutive league games for just the second time this season, previously doing so in September/October (run of three).

Derby County v Bolton Wanderers

  • Derby are unbeaten in each of their last 14 home Football League games against Bolton (W10 D4), including wins on each of the last four occasions.
  • Bolton’s only victory over Derby in their last 12 Football League meetings was a 1-0 home win in September 2018 under Phil Parkinson.
  • Derby are unbeaten in each of their last 12 league games (W6 D6), winning each of the last three, and could win four in a row for the first time since July 2020 under Phillip Cocou (run of five).
  • Only Sheffield Wednesday (15) have recorded more clean sheets in League One this season than Bolton (13), with the Trotters doing so in five of their last six league fixtures.

Forest Green Rovers v MK Dons

  • Forest Green are without a win in three previous Football League games against MK Dons (D1 L2), losing both of the last two.
  • MK Dons won their only previous visit to Forest Green in the Football League, beating them 2-1 in League Two in March 2019.
  • Forest Green have won just two of their last 14 league games (D4 L8), though both those victories were at home against Cambridge and Cheltenham.
  • MK Dons have lost three of their last four away league games (W1) and could lose three in succession for the first time since March 2021 under Russell Martin.

Oxford United v Ipswich Town

  • Oxford have only won one of their last 10 Football League meetings with Ipswich (D6 L3), losing the reverse fixture 3-0 in December.
  • Ipswich are yet to beat Oxford in the Football League as a visiting side (D7 L4), with each of the last four such games ending in a draw.
  • Oxford manager Karl Robinson has only won one of his previous nine Football League meetings against Ipswich (D5 L3), a 1-0 away win with the U’s in February 2020.
  • Ipswich have lost only one of their last 12 league games (W5 D6), drawing each of the last three, while they haven’t had a longer run of draws in the Football League since March 2017 in the Championship (run of six).

Plymouth Argyle v Cheltenham Town

  • Plymouth have won eight of their last nine Football League encounters with Cheltenham (L1), keeping seven clean sheets in those victories.
  • Cheltenham have won on only two of their 11 prior Football League trips to Plymouth (D2 L7), winning 2-1 in May 2012 and 2-0 in September 2019.
  • Plymouth, who have lost just one of their last 23 league fixtures (W15 D7), have had more goal involvements from substitutes than any other side in League One this season, with Finn Azaz’s assist for Bali Mumba’s 93rd minute equaliser against Ipswich last time out their 23rd such involvement.
  • Cheltenham have lost five of their last six league games (W1), including each of the last three; they haven’t lost four in a row in the third tier since February 2009 (run of seven).

Portsmouth v Exeter City

  • Portsmouth have only won one of their last five Football League games against Exeter (D2 L2), suffering as many defeats in this period as they had in their first 20 such encounters (W11 D7 L2).
  • Three of Exeter’s four wins over Portsmouth in the Football League have been away from home, including in each of their last two visits in September 2015 and January 2017.
  • Portsmouth have failed to win any of their last 10 league games (D6 L4), while failing to score in five of their previous seven such fixtures.
  • Exeter have won each of their last two away league games, as many as their first 11 of the campaign (W2 D4 L5), and could win three successive such games in the third tier for the first time since December 1979.

Sheffield Wednesday v Fleetwood Town

  • Sheffield Wednesday have won each of their three previous three Football League meetings with Fleetwood; only against Stockport have they enjoyed a longer such run of successive wins from their first meeting, winning each of their first five in the EFL against the Hatters.
  • Only against Walsall and Wigan have Fleetwood lost each of their first four Football League encounters against a side, and could do so again should they lose to Sheffield Wednesday here.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have won four successive league games for the first time since February 2022, while the Owls last enjoyed a longer such run in April 2017 as a Championship side (run of six).
  • Fleetwood have lost three of their last four league games, while six of the last eight league goals they’ve conceded have come from corners, with no side in League One conceding more such goals in 2022-23 than the Cod Army (9 – level with Bristol Rovers).

Shrewsbury Town v Cambridge United

  • Shrewsbury have only won two of their last 18 Football League meetings with Cambridge United (D8 L8), although both wins were at home in November 2002 (3-1) and October 2021 (4-1).
  • Cambridge’s only victory in their last 12 Football League visits to Shrewsbury came in April 1991 under John Beck (2-1), with five of the last seven such encounters ending in a draw (L2).
  • Shrewsbury have lost each of their last two home league games without scoring, having won their prior two such games, netting five times in total. Only Preston (8) have failed to score in more home league games in the Football League in 2022-23 than the Shrews (7).
  • Only Rochdale (16) have lost more league games in the Football League this season than Cambridge (15), with nine of the U’s defeats coming on the road, including each of the last four.

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