League One Round-Up: 04/08/2018

League One Round-Up: 04/08/2018

The League One season kicks off this Saturday and we have all of the information to get you prepared for the big day. Check out our preview on all 12 league games that commence this Saturday below.

Sunderland vs Charlton Athletic

The opening day in League One serves up a tasty tie between two sides aiming for promotion to the Championship. At the Stadium of Light, Charlton Athletic are the visitors. Sunderland will want to forget last season after they suffered their first relegation to the third tier of English football since the 1987/88 season. Under new manager Jack Ross and new owners Stewart Donald they will look to return back to the Championship on the first time of asking. New signings Jerome Sinclair, Jack Baldwin and Luke O’Nien will all hope to start on Saturday’s early kick-off. Charlton, on the other hand, will hope to better last seasons finish of 6th place. However, manager Lee Bowyer will have to start the season without duo Josh Magennis and Ezri Konsa who have both left The Valley for Bolton and Brentford of the Championship respectively.

Recommended bet: Sunderland win at 17/20 with Bet365

Barnsley vs Oxford United

This encounter sees another of the relegated Championship sides starting at home, in this case at Oakwell. Barnsley haven’t exactly been active in the transfer window, with only one signing being made. Since last season, The Tykes have lost prospect, Andy Yiadom and long server, Adam Hamill, as both players ran out of contract. However, their opponents have had an overhaul of signings with 9 players joining Karl Robinson’s team. Stand out players include Samir Carruthers and Luke Garbutt on loan and the free transfer of Jamie Mackie from QPR. I can only see the game ending one way, which is an away win.

Recommended bet: Oxford win at 29/10 with UniBet

Peterborough United vs Bristol Rovers

Peterborough United have had a busy summer with 15 new faces joining the club. Stand out signings include Jason Cummings (on loan), hot prospect Siriki Dembele and Issac Buckley Ricketts from Manchester City’s U23 side. However, Steve Evans and Darragh MacAnthony were forced to accept bids from Derby and Ipswich for duo Jack Marriott and Gwion Edwards. Peterborough will be hoping that they can gain automatic promotion this season, after being tipped for it last year, and being strong contenders this season. Bristol Rovers and manager Darell Clarke will be hoping for a top half finish this season, but that could be difficult to achieve when the league is getting more competitive with sides like Sunderland entering the frame. Both games last season ended in Peterborough wins, and unfortunately, I can only see this trend continuing on Saturday.

Recommended bet: Peterborough win at 11/10 with SkyBet

Fleetwood Town vs AFC Wimbledon

New manager Joey Barton will hope for a successful first season in management and gets his tenure with Fleetwood underway against Wimbledon on Saturday. Both teams have made shrewd signings, with Barton using his Burnley links signing Chris Long and Dean Marney on free transfers, whilst Neal Ardley has recruited James Hanson from Sheffield United and Scott Wagstaff from Gillingham. Personally, I feel as though this game could be a score draw.

Recommended bet: Draw at 5/2 with Bet365

England

Burton Albion vs Rochdale

The East Midlands side hasn’t exactly had the best of pre-seasons with the newly-promoted League One club losing 4 games including; a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff and a 2-1 loss against Mickleover Sports. Additionally, Nigel Clough lost star man Tom Naylor to fellow League One side Portsmouth. Rochdale was able to stay in the league last season by the skin of their teeth, and this summer has recruited Brad Inman, David Perkins and Aaron Wilbraham who should all be able to help Dale win this match.

Recommended bet: Burton win at 23/20 with William Hill

Coventry City vs Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe will have similar targets to Charlton, as both teams lost in the play-off semi-finals. They travel to League One new boys, Coventry City. The West Midlands side have acquired some new faces for the new season, with the likes of future prospect Dujon Sterling from Chelsea and ex-Rotherham player Jonson Clarke Harris. Scunthorpe have brought in Manchester United man Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan who should be able to tighten up their defence.

Recommended bet: Draw at 23/10 with Bet365

Shrewsbury Town vs Bradford City

Shrewsbury Town narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship last season, after finishing third at the end of the season, they were defeated by Rotherham in the play-off final at Wembley. Since the summer began, Shrewsbury lost manager Paul Hirst to Ipswich Town and appointed ex-Macclesfield manager John Askey. Based off last season, John liked to play high-intensity football and will look to replicate these tactics into Shrewsbury’s style of play and hope that they can go one better from last season. Bradford on the other hand, are set to lose key striker Charlie Wyke to fellow League One side, Sunderland. Wyke was Bradford’s main goalscorer last season with 15 goals. Losing him will be a massive loss and I can’t see Bradford beating Shrewsbury’s strong defence.

Recommended bet: Shrewsbury win at 11/8 with Ladbrokes

Accrington Stanley vs Gillingham

In this encounter, it is Lancashire vs Kent, with Accrington Stanley hoping to start their new season in League One with a win. As a result, of last season John Coleman’s side will have momentum after winning League Two. Gillingham will be hoping for a better season than last, as they only finished 6 points above the relegation zone. Steve Lovell’s side will be hoping that Josh Parker and Tom Eaves can steer The Gills well clear of the relegation places this season. Personally, I can’t see there being many goals in this game, and therefore think it will be a score draw.

Recommended bet: Draw at 13/5 with Bet365

Southend United vs Doncaster Rovers

Both teams will be hoping to achieve top half places come May next year, but before both sets of fans think of aspirations for the coming season, they will hope they can kick off the season with a win. Southend are still managed by Chris Powell, unlike Doncaster who decided to change management this summer and appoint ex-Peterborough manager, Grant McCann. The Seasiders were able to pull off the free transfer of Luke Hyam from Ipswich Town, who will enable Powell to have a creative spark to its midfield. Whilst, Doncaster haven’t exactly been active in the window and will hope John Marquis and Tommy Rowe can help Rovers challenge for a play-off spot. Only one winner at Roots Hall, Away Win.

Recommended bet: Doncaster win at 21/10 with Ladbrokes

Wycombe Wanderers vs Blackpool

The Chairboys open their League One campaign at Adams Park vs the Tangerines. After achieving promotion last season, Wycombe was unable to keep hold of star midfielder, Luke O’Nien. But, they will hope that momentum will hopefully steer them clear of a relegation scrap. They haven’t been able to splash the cash like other clubs but will hope that top scorer last season, Adebayo Akinfenwa can help them survive in League One. On the other hand, there is Blackpool. The Tangerines had a steady season last with them finishing in 12th position. Nathan Delfouneso will look to better last seasons tally and help Blackpool challenge for a play- off spot.

Recommended bet: Wycombe win at 6/4 with BetVictor

Walsall vs Plymouth Argyle

In this encounter, I can only see one winner, and that will be an away win. Plymouth had a strong season last year and unfortunately missed out on the play-offs by one position and three points. Whilst Walsall struggled last season, finishing only two points above the dreaded dotted line. Plymouth have been able to keep hold of attacking midfield duo, Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras who scored a combined 20 league goals last season. Plymouth will have a strong season and hope they can make the play-offs at least.

Recommended bet: Plymouth win at 17/10 with Bet365

Portsmouth vs Luton Town

To conclude our first preview of game week one, we have Portsmouth vs Luton. Pompey will hope to be challenging for the play-offs at least come May 2019, but their first hurdle is newboys Luton Town. Under Kenny Jackett, Portsmouth played some good football last year and will hope that they can better last years 8th place. With the addition of Tom Naylor from Burton Albion, their defence will be a difficult one to breach. However, it will be a good test for The Hatters who will have similar targets as Wycombe and just hope they aren’t involved in a relegation scrap in April and May 2019.

Recommended bet: Portsmouth win at 5/4 with SkyBet

Two up, Two down