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Sky Bet League One: Pre-match stat pack

10 March 2023

Here are all the key pre-match stats and facts ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One fixtures!

Barnsley v Plymouth Argyle

  • Although Barnsley have only lost one of their last eight home games against Plymouth in all competitions (W4 D3), they are winless in their last two (D1 L1).
  • Plymouth are looking to complete a league double over Barnsley for the first time since 1991-92 in the second tier, having won this season’s reverse meeting 1-0 in July.
  • After winning his first Football League encounter against Plymouth 2-0 in September 2019, Barnsley manager Michael Duff has lost each of his last four meetings with the Pilgrims, with his side failing to score each time.
  • Plymouth have lost two of their last three away league games (W1), as many as in their first 14 such games of 2022-23 (W5 D7 L2), while they conceded as many goals in their last such game against Peterborough as in their previous seven combined (5).

Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town

  • Bolton won this exact fixture last season 2-0; they have never won back-to-back home league meetings with Ipswich before.
  • Ipswich are winless in three league matches against Bolton (D1 L2); they were unbeaten in 13 such meetings prior to this (W8 D5).
  • Bolton have won each of their last five home league games, conceding one goal during that time; only between January and February 2022 have the Trotters enjoyed a longer winning run during Ian Evatt’s tenure (6 games).
  • Ipswich have kept a clean sheet in each of their previous two away league games (W1 D1) – since the start of 2020-21, only once have they gone three successive games without conceding, doing so in August/September earlier this campaign.

Burton Albion v Wycombe Wanderers

  • Burton Albion lost this exact fixture 2-1 last season, this after having won four consecutive home league meetings with Wycombe beforehand.
  • Wycombe have won each of their last four league meetings with Burton Albion, this after having won four of their first 10 Football League clashes beforehand (L6).
  • Burton have lost only one of their previous 10 league fixtures at the Pirelli Stadium (W4 D5), keeping a clean sheet in their last three games (W2 D1). Not since October 2019 have they done so in four consecutive home games.
  • Wycombe have won three of their last four away league games (L1), though that loss was their most recent game against Shrewsbury (2-0). Not since September earlier this season have they lost consecutive league games on the road.

Charlton Athletic v Accrington Stanley

  • Charlton have only won one of their seven Football League games against Accrington Stanley (D3 L3), a 1-0 victory in January 2019.
  • Accrington Stanley have won both of their last two league visits to Charlton, winning 2-0 in 2020-21 and 3-2 in 2021-22.
  • Having gone unbeaten in their first three home league games under Dean Holden (W2 D1), Charlton have lost their last three such games; the Addicks last went on a longer such run in February 2021 (4 games).
  • Accrington have won on each of their last four Football League trips to sides in London, as many as their previous 18 visits (D8 L6) – their last two such games have averaged six goals per game, winning 3-2 in October 2021 against Charlton and 4-3 against AFC Wimbledon in April 2022.

Exeter City v Lincoln City

  • This will be Exeter’s first home league match versus Lincoln City since losing 0-3 in September 2018; the Grecians last lost back-to-back home games against the Imps in the Football League in March 1975.
  • After losing four consecutive Football League meetings with Exeter from 2003 to 2017, Lincoln have since gone unbeaten in their last four (W2 D2).
  • Kevin McDonald has scored in each of his last two league games for Exeter; the last player for the Grecians to net in three successive fixtures in League One was Liam Sercombe in April 2012, doing so in four consecutive games.
  • Lincoln have only lost one of their last seven league games against newly promoted opposition (W3 D3), though that defeat did come earlier this season, losing 1-0 to Port Vale in October.

Fleetwood Town v Port Vale

  • This will be Fleetwood Town’s first home league match against Port Vale since a goalless draw in April 2017.
  • Port Vale are unbeaten in five league games versus Fleetwood Town (W3 D2), and are looking to win back-to-back matches against them in the Football League for a first time.
  • Fleetwood have won each of their previous three home league games, all by 1-0 scorelines; only in December 2016 have they enjoyed a longer run of successive wins (5), and could keep four successive clean sheets on home soil in the league for the first time since Boxing Day 2018.
  • Port Vale have lost each of their previous three league games on their travels, with the Valiants last recording four straight away league defeats in League Two in August 2018.

Forest Green Rovers v Bristol Rovers

  • Forest Green remain unbeaten against Bristol Rovers in the EFL, winning two and drawing one of three such meetings.
  • Bristol Rovers lost their only previous EFL visit to Forest Green Rovers 2-0 in November 2021 in League Two.
  • Since a pair of home victories in December, Forest Green are winless in their last 14 league outings (D3 L11). They've dropped 26 points from winning positions this season, 16 of which have come during this period (62%).
  • Bristol Rovers are unbeaten in their last two league games (W1 D1), keeping a clean sheet on both occasions; they last did so in three consecutive games as a League One side in March 2019 (run of four).

MK Dons v Cambridge United

  • MK Dons have won both of their two previous home Football League games against Cambridge United by a combined score of 10-1.
  • Cambridge United won this season’s reverse meeting with MK Dons 1-0 in July, this after having lost each of their first four Football League games against them beforehand.
  • MK Dons are without a win in their previous six league games (D2 L4); it’s their longest run in the Football League since failing to win eight successive fixtures between February and October 2020 (D3 L5).
  • Cambridge are winless in their last nine league games on the road, losing eight of them (D1) – the U's have failed to score in their previous four such games, last going on a longer run in December 2017 (6 games).

Oxford United v Derby County

  • This will be Oxford United’s first home league match against Derby County since winning 2-0 in November 1993 under Denis Smith.
  • Derby won their reverse meeting with Oxford United this season 1-0 in July; they last won both league meetings with the U’s in a season in 1968-69.
  • Oxford are without a win in their last nine league games (D1 L8); they last went 10 Football League games without a win in the same season in March 2006 in League Two.
  • Derby’s Conor Hourihane scored the winner in the reverse fixture in July; he hasn’t scored home and away against the same side in a league season since doing so against Norwich in the Premier League in 2019-20.

Peterborough United v Cheltenham Town

  • Peterborough are unbeaten in four Football League games against Cheltenham (W3 D1), and are looking to complete a double over them in a Football League campaign for a very first time.
  • Cheltenham have never won a Football League away game at Peterborough in four attempts (D1 L3), with this their first since a 1-1 draw in April 2009.
  • Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is unbeaten against Cheltenham in the Football League (W3 D1), only against Notts County (10), Tranmere (6), Grimsby and Hereford (both 5) has he faced a side more often in the Football League without ever losing.
  • Cheltenham have lost six of their last seven away league games (W1); with the Robins failing to score in each of their last two such games, last losing three in a row without netting in October.

Portsmouth v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Portsmouth are winless in four league meetings with Sheffield Wednesday (D2 L2) since a 3-1 away win in November 2002.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have only lost two of their last nine league visits to Portsmouth (W4 D3), and last lost such a match in October 2000 (2-1).
  • Portsmouth are unbeaten in their last five league games at Fratton Park (W4 D1), winning more games in this run than their first 12 of 2022-23 (W3 D7 L2). Indeed, Pompey last won four successive home league fixtures in their final four such games of 2021-22.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have registered 20 clean sheets in League One this season, no side in the top four tiers of English football have more (Leyton Orient also 20) – in their last 10 league games the Owls have either conceded two goals (2 games) or kept a clean sheet (8 games).

Shrewsbury Town v Morecambe

  • Shrewsbury have won each of their last three home league games against Morecambe, scoring eight goals and conceding none in the process, including a 5-0 win in this exact fixture last term.
  • Morecambe have enjoyed just one win in their last seven league meetings with Shrewsbury (D1 L5), a 2-0 victory in August 2021.
  • Shrewsbury have won each of their last four home league games, scoring 12 goals in total – the Shrews last won five straight league games on home soil in the same season in February 2017.
  • Morecambe boss Derek Adams has only won one of his last four games against Shrewsbury in the Football League (D1 L2), with his sides failing to score on the three occasions they didn't win.

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