League One Round-Up: 18/08/2018

League One Round-Up: 18/08/2018

The third round of Sky Bet League One fixtures takes place Saturday with teams to trying get some early points in the bag to set themselves up for the long season ahead. Five teams have won their opening two matches, while there are still four teams looking to pick up their first points of the season. Here’s your complete run down of all 12 fixtures from League One this weekend, complete with a betting tip.

Accrington Stanley vs Charlton Athletic

Our first game in this round-up of the coming week sees a match-up between two sides who have started the season in exactly the same way as each other. Both Stanley and the Addicks have three points from the opening two games of the season with one win and one loss to each team. Accrington’s first match was at home to Gillingham, where despite having 17 shots on goal and 60% possession ended in a 2-0 defeat. Last week they made up for the defeat though, as they beat Bristol Rovers on their travels with a late Sean McConville goal securing a 2-1 win. Spirits may have been dampened in midweek as Stanley lost heavily in the Carabao Cup, losing 6-1 to League Two Mansfield, so only time will tell if they can bounce back from that this weekend.

Charlton’s season has started in nearly the exact same fashion as their opponents. Losing on the opening day 2-1 away to Sunderland, Charlton conceded a hammer-blow in the 96th minute as Lynden Goch struck the winner. The Addicks did register their first win last weekend, beating Shrewsbury 2-1. Like Accrington though, Charlton also bowed out the cup on Tuesday losing to MK Dons 3-0, but it’s been an okay enough start to the season for a club that is facing uncertainty off the pitch. Striker Lyle Taylor has two goals from two appearances so expect him to be amongst the goals again.

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Barnsley vs AFC Wimbledon

Barnsley are one of the five teams who have won both their opening League One games at the start of the 2018/19 season. The Tykes have set the early pace as league leaders, looking comfortable in both games. Wimbledon’s start has been just as solid. Unbeaten so far with a win and a draw it’s been a strong enough start for the Dons. They face a Barnsley team who are yet to concede in the league, having thrashed Oxford at home in the first game with a double coming from Mamadou Thiam in a 4-0 win. Last week at Valley Parade they went on to defeat Bradford City, picking up a 2-0 win away from home. They were defeated 3-1 by league rivals Blackpool on Tuesday in the cup but the focus is promotion back to the Championship. Wimbledon had midweek success in the cup beating Portsmouth 2-1 at Fratton Park after they drew at home to Coventry at the weekend. That combined with a 1-0 away win at Fleetwood Town on the opening day means the Dons are yet to have lost in all competitions so far. Both teams have unbeaten starts to the season and although Barnsley lost in midweek, we feel they’ll narrowly beat Wimbledon here.

Recommended Bet: Barnsley to win 2-1 at 15/2 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Burton Albion vs Doncaster Rovers

It’s been a tough start to the season for Nigel Clough’s Burton who have lost both of their first two League One fixtures since being relegated from the Championship. It doesn’t get any easier for Albion has they host Doncaster Rovers, who have a perfect record so far this year and also progressed in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Burton have scored in both their first two games of the 2018/19 season but have lost on both occasions. Losing 2-1 at home to Rochdale on matchday one, that result was followed up by a 3-1 defeat away to Gillingham. The Brewers did manage to defeat Shrewsbury in the cup this week, so hopefully this will give the whole team a confidence boost to improve home form.  Their opponents have won all three competitive games this season thus far. They have one clean sheet from their two league games having beaten Southend United and Wycombe Wanders 3-2 and 3-0 respectively. Progression to the second round of the Carabao Cup was achieved by beating Scunthorpe and Rovers look like an early contender for promotion this season. Burton have started poorly and it could well continue here – we are going for a Doncaster win.

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Coventry City vs Plymouth Argyle

Next up is a matchup between two sides who are going in search of their first league win of the season on Saturday. Both the Sky Blues and the Pilgrims have drawn one and loss one in the league this season so far and therefore will be looking to gain three points for the first time at the Ricoh Arena this weekend. Recently promoted Coventry lost a close fought contest to Scunthorpe United in their first game back in League One 2-1 before playing out a goalless draw with AFC Wimbledon. They also lost in the cup to Oxford in the week, leaving the team to  wait for their first taste of victory this season and fans will be hoping Mark Robins’ men can start finding the net as they only have one goal so far. As for Plymouth, they caused a upset in midweek after beating Championship side Bristol City – who reached the semi-finals of the competition last season – 1-0 at Ashton Gate. In the league they managed a 1-1 draw at Home Park against Southend last weekend after they lost 2-1 at Walsall on the opening day. Plymouth will be hoping to get a win this weekend as they look to break in to the play-off spots this year after narrowly missing out last term. Two sides looking for their first wins of the year, but we think this one will be a draw, leaving both sides still waiting on a league win.

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Fleetwood Town vs Rochdale

A fixture between two sides with one win and one loss to their names up next, as Fleetwood host Rochdale at Highbury Stadium on Saturday. Rochdale looking to get their first win over their opponents in three games. Fleetwood earned an excellent away win at Oxford United on Saturday and followed this up with a win in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, beating Crewe 4-3 on penalties after the score was 1-1 after 90 minutes. New manager Joey Barton has started well as Town boss and will be looking to win once again against Rochdale. Keith Hill’s Rochdale suffered a heavy defeat to Peterborough United last Saturday, losing 4-1 but did win in midweek and well as first game of the season so there are wins in this side. Dale avoided relegation by just three points in the 2017-18 season and will be hoping not to cut it so fine this year. Barton has his Fleetwood side working well, winning their last two games and we think they’ll just edge this one by the one goal.

Recommended Bet: Fleetwood Town to win 1-0 at 7/1 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Peterborough United vs Luton Town

Time to take another look at a team who have a perfect record in the league this term so far in  Peterborough United. They have won both games in League One so far this season and sit 3rd in the league. Their opponents Luton have played well so far this tern but are yet to pick up three points and a trip to the ABAX Stadium against strong Boro side. Steve Evans’ men have scored 6 goals in their first two games, half of which have come from midfielder Mark O’Hara, who signed with team from Dundee FC in the summer. Fellow summer signing Matt Godden also scored in both league games since signing from Stevenage as the Posh won 2-1 and 4-1 over Bristol Rovers and Rochdale respectively. They crashed out to QPR in the cup on Tuesday, but they are looking dangerous going forward and are a team that will score plenty of goals this year. Luton also have a very strong side, but haven’t started the way they would have liked. Yet to have picked up a win in their first three competitive league games, Nathan Jones’ side are adapting to their new division after achieving promotion as champions last season. They gained an impressive point at home to Sunderland last week, drawing 1-1, proving they can get results against the tougher teams in the division. They will be able to welcome back midfielder Luke Berry this weekend, who is expected to feature in the league for the first time since March. We think Peterborough will continue their strong start to season and pick up the victory is this one.

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Portsmouth vs Oxford United

Another look at a side with a perfect record in the league this season, as Portsmouth host Oxford United, who are looking to pick their first points of the season following a poor start. Pompey beat Luton on the opening day with a goal from Jamal Lowe enough to take all three points before last week beating Blackpool 2-1 away from home thanks to a brace from summer signing Ronan Curtis. They bowed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, losing to Wimbledon but return to Fratton Park in the league this weekend with Fratton Faithful right behind them as they look to make it three wins from three in the league. For Oxford it’s the opposite. Karl Robinson’s side were thrashed by Barnsley at Oakwell in their first game before losing at home last weekend. The team is yet to score a single goal in the league and although they won in the League Cup on Tuesday, beating Coventry City 2-0 at the Kassam Stadium, the lack of goals in the league is a real concern. We think Oxford are going to continue to struggle and Portsmouth will make it a third straight league win.

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Shrewsbury Town vs Blackpool

It’s another meeting between two sides yet to win this season as Blackpool travel to Shropshire to face Shrewsbury at New Meadow. Shrewsbury have lost all three competitive fixtures in August, marking the worst possible start for new manager John Askey who took over the club in the summer. A total of 16 new signings have come in for the Shrews and are yet to have gelled, as they lost to both Bradford City and Charlton Athletic in the leagye and then at home to fellow league strugglers Burton Albion in the cup. Blackpool on the other hand do have a point to their name. While they lost 2-1 last weekend at home to Portsmouth, they drew on the opening day away at Wycombe in a goalless encounter. In midweek they produced a fine performance to beat Barnsley in the Carabao Cup with goals coming from Armand Gnanduillet, Harry Pritchard and Michael Nottingham in a 3-1 victory over the Tykes at Bloomfield Road. Last year’s play-off finalists Shrewsbury are yet to get going this season and they will be hoping to replicate last term’s form sooner rather than later.

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Southend United vs Bradford City

Michael Collins’ third match as an EFL boss takes place on Saturday as his Bradford City side travel to south-east England to face Southend at Roots Hall. The hosts currently have one point from their first two games of the season, achieving that in Devon against Plymouth last weekend in a 1-1 draw. They narrowly lost at home to Doncaster Rovers on matchday one, suffering a 3-2 defeat and lost again in front of their own fans 4-2 against Championship side Brentford in the midweek round of Carabao Cup fixtures. Theo Robinson has two goals in three games at the start of this new season and will be looking to maintain that form this weekend. Bradford City have lost their last two games since winning away at Shrewsbury two weeks ago. They fell to defeat at home to early pace-setters Barnsley and also were beaten on penalties by Macclesfield Town in the cup over the past seven days. The Bantams will be looking to get back on track on Saturday though after struggling recently, but we are going for a draw.

Recommended Bet: Draw HT/Draw FT at 4/1 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Walsall vs Gillingham

It’s our final look at a side with a perfect record as Gillingham travel to Walsall looking to keep up their fine start to the season. The Gills have beaten two sides new to League One this season, first beating newly-promoted Accrington Stanley 2-0 away from home on the opening day before last Saturday beating Burton Albion 3-1 at Priestfield. Striker Tom Eaves came on as a sub in last week’s win to score twice and help his team begin the season by picking up maximum points from both games. A loss at The Den to Millwall on penalties won’t be too disheartening for fans who will be pleased with the results their team have come up with so far this term. The hosts themselves are undefeated in all competitions so far, picking up four points from a possible six in the league. Wins against Plymouth Argyle last weekend and Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday, along with last weekend’s away draw with Scunthorpe, has meant the saddlers have started the year in good form and will look to continuing building on this. This Saturday at the Bescott Stadium we see Walsall ending Gillingham’s perfect to start to the season and grabbing a home win.

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Wycombe vs Bristol Rovers

It’s another clash of teams looking for their first win of the season as Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe welcome Darrell Clarke and Bristol Rovers to Adams Park on Saturday. Ainsworth and Clarke have been with their respected clubs for several years now, with Ainsworth being the second longest-serving Football League manager and is coming up to his six-year anniversary with the Wanderers. It’s not been quite the start to the season Wycombe would have wanted as they lost heavily to Doncaster Rovers away from home last week to go with their opening day stalemate with Blackpool. A win in the cup on penalties against Northampton in the week could be the turning point for Wycombe this year as they look to get their first win on the board. Rovers will be looking to do the same, as they have aim to get their first points of the season. Clarke’s men have been somewhat unfortunate, losing 2-1 to both Peterborough and Accrington Stanley despite having more shots on goal than the opposition in both games. They did win 2-1 against Crawley on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup which may prove to be the catalyst to kick start their season. Both teams need to get going but we can only see a draw being the outcome between these two sides.

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Sunderland vs Scunthorpe

Our final preview of this weekend’s League One games is Sunderland vs Scunthorpe. The two sides are very much fancied to do well this season, with many tipping both for automatic promotion to the Championship. Sunday’s game between the two sides will be the first league meeting since September 1963, with Sunderland winning thanks to a single goal on that afternoon. Sunderland are currently unbeaten at the start of their first season back in the third tier of English football since 1992. They beat Charlton on the opening day before drawing away at Luton last weekend and although they bowed out of the Carabao Cup on Thursday night, manager Jack Ross will be happy with the start his team have made. Striker Josh Maja has scored in both games as he continues to develop into a prolific striker at the age of just 19. Scunthorpe are also on four points at the start of this season. They picked up an away win against last year’s League Two play-off winners Coventry before drawing last time out 1-1 at home to Walsall. They travel to Sunderland this weekend in what will be an extremely competitive game. We see goals in this one but think Sunderland will just shade it as they look to build-up steam and begin there push for promotion out the league.

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