League One Round-Up: 08/12/2018

League One Round-Up: 08/12/2018

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Portsmouth vs Southend United

The League One leaders welcome a Southend United side who have fallen away from play-off contention in recent weeks. Pompey lead the lead the League One table with a four-point gap over second-placed Sunderland as things stand after making it three consecutive league wins last time out against Walsall. Pompey have also beaten Scunthorpe and Bradford in recent weeks, as well as reaching the FA Cup third round with an away win against Rochdale. Southend have enjoyed no such success, sitting 14th in the table despite targeting the play-offs this season. A run of one win in six league games has left them eight points off the top six, though that one win did come in their last league game, against Scunthorpe, so they head into this one with a little confidence. Portsmouth are favourites at 18/25 with Marathon. A draw is priced at 11/4 with Bet365, while Southend are at 4/1.

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Blackpool vs Charlton Athletic

Two teams duelling for a League One play-off spot meet at Bloomfield Road this weekend as Blackpool welcome Charlton Athletic. Blackpool are in eighth place as things stand, three points off sixth place, which is occupied by this weekend’s opponents Charlton. The Tangerines had won three league games on the bounce before losing to Doncaster last time out, and that result has seen them slip away from the top six. Though, they have a chance to put that right this weekend. Charlton head North after tightening their grip on a top six place with a big 2-1 away win over Burton last time out in the league. Though, they too lost 2-0 to Doncaster last time out, in the FA Cup. This game is a tight one to call, so it may be worth backing a draw at 9/4 with Bet365. Blackpool are favourites at 11/8 while Charlton are at 2/1.

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Barnsley

Two top 10 teams go head-to-head as Wycombe Wanders welcome fellow play-off chasers Barnsley. Both teams have play-off ambitions this season, but Barnsley’s bid for a top six spot is going far more successfully. The Tykes are currently sitting in fifth and seven points ahead of this weekend’s opponents Wycombe. Barnsley come into this one on the back of a 4-2 defeat to second placed Sunderland and a 1-1 draw with Doncaster. Though, more recently they beat Southend in the FA Cup to progress to the 3rd round. Wycombe come into this one six points off the top six after beating Accrington Stanley last time out. That result made it two on the bounce and three without defeat following a win over Shrewsbury and an impressive draw with Sunderland. Barnsley are favourites here at 20/23 with Ladbrookes. Bet365 are offering 13/5 on a draw and Marathon have Wycombe at 13/4.

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Walsall vs Coventry City

Two Midlands clubs do battle as Walsall welcome Coventry City this weekend. Both of these teams are in and around mid-table with Walsall in 13th and Coventry in 9th. Walsall have been through a tough run of league games of late, losing to leaders Portsmouth and drawing with second placed Sunderland. They are six without a win in the league and that form has seen them drop down the League One table. They are still in the FA Cup, though, drawing again with Sunderland, this time in the second round of the cup. Coventry also come into this one on the back of a defeat in their last league game, losing 3-0 to Fleetwood Town. The Sky Blues haven’t won ay of their last four league games and they actually lost to Walsall in a repeat of this fixture in the FA Cup first round. Walsall won that game 3-2 and they are at 7/4 with Sky Bet to beat the Sky Blues again. Coventry are at 7/5, while a draw is 23/10, and given these two teams’ poor form, that may be the one to back.

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Bristol Rovers vs Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers head to the Memorial Ground to face Bristol Rovers as they look to continue their play-off challenge. The Rovers sit just one place outside the top six as things stands, while Bristol Rovers sit inside the bottom four. Bristol come into this one on the back of a rare win in the form of a Checkatrade Trophy victory over Swansea City under-21s during the week. Prior to that, they lost five consecutive games in all competitions and that sort of form is why they sit 21st in the table, four points from safety. Doncaster have no such relegation concerns, in contrast, they are looking to continue their play-off challenge here. They are in seventh place, two points off the play-offs after beating Blackpool 2-0 last time out in the league. In their last outing, they beat Charlton 2-0 in the FA Cup to reach the third round. Doncaster are 8/5 with Unibet to continue their winning form here. Bristol Rovers are at 2/1 with Bet365, while a draw is priced at 23/10 with Betfair.

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Plymouth Argyle vs Bradford City

Two bottom four teams desperate for form in League Two meet as Plymouth Argyle welcome Bradford City to Home Park. Both of these teams sit in the top four with just two points separating them going into this weekend. This could be an early season relegation six-pointer. Plymouth come into this one five points from safety after picking up just 16 points in 20 games. They responded well to a 5-1 hammering to Luton by beating Fleetwood, but it was back to normality last time out in the league, losing 2-0 to Shrewsbury. In their last outing, they also lost to Oxford United in the FA Cup, missing out on the third round. Bradford have had it even worse than Plymouth this season, sitting bottom of the pile and two points worse off as things stand. They have just 14 points to their name and it got even worse last time out in a 4-0 defeat to Luton. Though, that did follow a rare league win against Oxford United. The Bantams are still in the FA Cup, though they will need to win a replay to reach the third round after drawing 2-2 with Peterborough last weekend. The home side are favourites to win this one at 7/5 with Bet Victor, while Bradford are at 23/10 with Unibet. A draw is priced at 12/5 with Ladbrokes.

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Luton Town vs Fleetwood Town

A Luton side in fine form welcome Fleetwood Town to Kenilworth Road this weekend as they look to close in on the teams above. The Hatters are currently in third place, just two points off Sunderland in second. Nathan Jones continues to do fine work with Luton who are now seeking back-to-back promotions. Last time out, they lost to Southend on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy, but prior to that, they won their third straight game in the league, beating bottom club Bradford 4-0. The Hatters have scored no fewer than 12 goals in their last three league games. Fleetwood head to London sitting in mid-table, seven points off the top six. They picked up a big 3-0 win over Coventry last time out, bouncing back from a defeat to Plymouth the week before. Luton are clear favourites for this one at 6/11 with Sporting Bet. Fleetwood are a long 6/1 with Bet365. You can get 18/5 on a draw with Marathon.

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AFC Wimbledon vs Rochdale

Two teams struggling for form near the bottom of League Two go head-to-head as AFC Wimbledon welcome Rochdale. Wimbledon are having a tough season, sitting inside the bottom four and a massive seven points from safety after picking up just 14 points from their first 20 games. They have picked up a rare win in recent weeks, beating Southend, but that was followed by a narrow defeat to Peterborough. Last time out they lost to Chelsea under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy after progressing to the third round of the FA Cup with a win over Halifax Town. Rochdale are also struggling again this season, but they will be happy that they have a six-point gap over the drop zone, currently sitting in 17th. They come into this game having lost to Portsmouth in the FA Cup. In the league, they have lost to Oxford and Shrewsbury either side of a win over Accrington Stanley. AFC Wimbledon are favourites here at 8/5 with Marathon. Rochdale are at 19/10 with Sky Bet, while a draw is priced at 11/5.

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Burton Albion vs Shrewsbury Town

These two sides come into this one sitting side-by-side in the table with Shrewsbury in 15th and Burton just one position below. Just a matter of goal difference separates the two sides who are seven points clear of the drop zone. Though, Shrewsbury come into this one having appointed a new manager in Wrexham’s Sam Ricketts. This will be his first league game in charge. Though, even without a manager, Salop managed to beat Plymouth in their last league game, winning 2-0. Since then, they have beaten Scunthorpe in the FA Cup and Walsall in the Checkatrade Trophy, so they head into this one on the back of three straight wins and a boost in confidence with the new boss. Burton have had no such upturn in form, losing their last two, against play-off challengers Blackpool and Charlton. Though, before that, they did manage to beat Coventry at home. Despite coming in off the back of two straight defeats, Burton are favourites at 6/5 with Bet365, while a draw is at 12/5. Shrewsbury, with a lift in form and a new manager, may be worth backing at 11/5.

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Scunthorpe vs Gillingham

Two bottom half League One teams meet as Scunthorpe United welcome Gillingham to Glanford Park. The Iron are currently as low as 20th in the table, just four points and one position above the relegation zone, and they come into this on the back of three straight defeats in all competitions. Shrewsbury beat them in the FA Cup last time out, adding to league defeats at the hands of Southend and Portsmouth. Gillingham are only goal difference better off up in 18th and that’s why both teams will be seeing this as a must-win game. The Gills have, however, won both of their last two, beating Slough Town in the FA Cup and fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers in the league. That was their first league win in five games. Scunthorpe are favourites at 5/4 with Bet Victor. Gillingham are at 13/5 with Marathon, while Black Type are offering the best price for a draw at 5/2.

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Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland

Sunderland make the trip to Accrington Stanley this weekend as they look to keep up their chase of leaders Portsmouth. The Black Cats are currently four points behind the leaders and they currently have a two-point gap over Luton in third, thought they do have a game in-hand. In the FA Cup, Sunderland drew 1-1 with Walsall last weekend, their second draw with the Saddlers in as many weeks. Since then, Sunderland have beaten Notts County in the Checkatrade Trophy, and in their last league game, they beat promotion rivals Barnsley 4-2. Stanley come into this one placed 11th in the table and six points off the top six. They also won in the Checkatrade Trophy last time out, beating Lincoln City on penalties. They beat Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup last weekend, returning to winning ways after three straight defeats in the league. Sunderland are favourites to win again here at 13/10 with Bet365. Accrington are 11/5 with Unibet, while a draw is at 27/11 with 188Bet.

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Peterborough United vs Oxford United

Peterborough United welcome Oxford United to London Road as they look continue their play-off chase. Posh are currently fourth in the league with a six-point gap over seventh placed Doncaster and only two points off the top two, who do have a game in-hand. Steve Evans’ men come into this one having beaten League Two Exeter City in the Checkatrade Trophy last time out. That followed a slightly disappointing 2-2 draw with bottom club Bradford City in the FA Cup, but they did win their last league game, beating AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at home. Oxford, meanwhile, are struggling down in 19th, just four points ahead of the drop zone. They are one of three teams on 21 points near the bottom, but they did win their last league game, beating Rochdale 4-2 at home. Last time out, they progressed to the FA Cup third round with a 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle. Peterborough are favourites here at 23/20 with Black Type. Sky Bet are offering 11/4 on an Oxford win, while a draw is priced at 5/2.

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