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Sky Bet League One: Pre-match stat pack

31 March 2023

Get the lowdown ahead of kick-off in Sky Bet League One with all the key stats and facts...

Barnsley v Morecambe

  • The only previous Football League meeting between Barnsley and Morecambe was the Shrimps’ 1-0 win in October this season; the last side to win both of their first two EFL matches against the Tykes were Crawley Town in 2014-15.
  • Morecambe have only won one of their last 11 away league games against sides from Yorkshire (D1 L9), losing all four such visits in League One since the start of last season without scoring a single goal.
  • Barnsley have won each of their last six home league games, and could win seven in a row for the first time since December 1984 under Bobby Collins in the second tier.
  • Morecambe have the worst points-per-game record away from home of any side in League One this season (0.42 – P19 W1 D5 L13).

Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town

  • Charlton have only lost one of their last eight league meetings with Shrewsbury (excl. play-offs – W5 D2), winning both of their last two.
  • Shrewsbury have only won one of their last seven league visits to Charlton (excl. play-offs – D2 L4), a 2-0 victory in February 2018.
  • Charlton have failed to win any of their last five home league games (D2 L3), their worst run since February 2021 (8 games).
  • After winning three consecutive away league matches between January and early February, Shrewsbury are since winless in five games on their travels (D2 L3), conceding twice in each of their last three trips.

Cheltenham Town v Burton Albion

  • Cheltenham are winless in their last eight league fixtures against Burton Albion (D3 L5) since a 1-0 win in November 2021 in League Two.
  • Burton Albion haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six league visits to Cheltenham (W1 D2 L3) since winning 1-0 in February 2010.
  • Cheltenham have won each of their last three league matches played on a weekend, last going on a longer such run in March 2021 (four wins).
  • There have been a total of 15 goals scored across Burton’s last three league matches, scoring seven and conceding eight at an average of five per game (W2 L1).

Derby County v Ipswich Town

  • This will be Derby’s first home league game against Ipswich since winning 2-0 in August 2018 in the Championship; the Rams last won back-to-back such matches against the Tractor Boys in November 1991 under Arthur Cox.
  • Ipswich won this season’s reverse meeting with Derby 1-0 in October, and last completed a league double over the Rams in 2009-10 in the Championship under Roy Keane.
  • Derby have lost consecutive league matches, failing to score in either game. The Rams have never previously lost three consecutive league games in the third tier or below.
  • Ipswich have won six consecutive league matches for the first time since March 1992, last winning seven in a row in August 1989.

Fleetwood Town v Exeter City

  • Fleetwood Town have never beaten Exeter in the Football League in five attempts (D2 L3), only facing Wigan more in England’s top four tiers without ever winning (8 times).
  • Exeter’s last league visit to Fleetwood saw them come from behind to win 2-1 in September 2013, courtesy of Scott Bennett’s brace.
  • After losing five consecutive home league games between November and February, Fleetwood are since unbeaten in five at home (W4 D1), keeping three clean sheets.
  • Exeter are currently winless in four away games in League One (D1 L3), scoring only twice across those four matches.

Peterborough United v Oxford United

  • Peterborough have only lost one of their last seven league games against Oxford (W4 D2), and are unbeaten in their last four (W3 D1) since a 0-1 defeat in August 2019.
  • Oxford United have lost both of their last two league trips to Peterborough by an aggregate 6-0 score; never before have they lost three in a row away to Posh in the Football League.
  • Peterborough have won each of their last three league matches, scoring 10 goals in the process – they last won four in a row in the league back in February 2021 (6).
  • Oxford United remain winless in 11 league matches, losing nine of those games. They last went on a longer winless run in England’s top four tiers back in August 1988 (27 games).

Port Vale v Cambridge United

  • Port Vale are looking to complete their first Football League double over Cambridge United since the 2001-02 season, having won 1-0 away from home this season in October.
  • Having failed to win any of their first 10 Football League away games at Port Vale (D2 L8), Cambridge United were victorious in their last such trip, winning 1-0 in February 2021.
  • Port Vale have won two of their last three home league games (L1), keeping a clean sheet in both. Five of their last seven league wins have come at home.
  • Cambridge United have lost nine of their last 10 away league matches (D1) and have failed to score in any of their last five on the road.

Portsmouth v Forest Green Rovers

  • Portsmouth’s only previous Football League meeting with Forest Green saw Pompey win 1-0 in October 2022.
  • Portsmouth last won both of their first two Football League meetings with a particular opponent in 2013-14, when they did the double over Dagenham and Redbridge.
  • Each of Portsmouth’s last three league wins have come away from home. After winning three in a row at home in February, they are since winless in two such games (D1 L1).
  • After winning their first game of the season, away to Bristol Rovers, Forest Green are yet to pick up another away victory in League One this season, drawing seven games and losing 11.

Sheffield Wednesday v Lincoln City

  • Sheffield Wednesday have never lost at home to Lincoln City in league competition (P8 W4 D4 L0), the most they have faced a side at home without ever losing in their Football League history.
  • Lincoln are unbeaten in four league meetings with Sheffield Wednesday, although three of those have been drawn (W1).
  • Sheffield Wednesday have only been beaten once across their last 27 home league matches and are currently unbeaten in 15 at Hillsborough (W11 D4).
  • After going on a run of 10 league games without being defeated (W3 D7), Lincoln City have since lost three games consecutively.

Wycombe Wanderers v MK Dons

  • Wycombe are looking to complete a league double over MK Dons for the first time in the Football League, having won this season’s reverse meeting 1-0 in October.
  • MK Dons have only lost one of six Football League visits to Wycombe (W3 D2), a 3-2 defeat in August 2019. They won this exact fixture last season 1-0.
  • Wycombe lost their last home league match against Barnsley and could lose consecutive games at home in League One for the first time since November 2021.
  • MK Dons have won three league games on the bounce and could win four in a row for the first time since March 2022 (5).

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