Fleetwood Town will welcome Plymouth Argyle to Highbury on Saturday afternoon in a Sky Bet League one fixture, and we have all you need to know in our preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town vs. Plymouth Argyle
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 16th March 2019
Kick-off: 15:00pm (BST)
Match Officials: John Busby (Referee), Gareth Mellor and David Avent (Assistants), David Richardson (Fourth Official).
Last five results in all competitions- L L D W L
League position: 10th with 49 points
Clubs top goal scorer: Paddy Madden 18 goals (in all competitions)
Fleetwood Town sit in 10th place in the league and have lost their last two games, with the latest result being an unlucky 2-1 defeat to Coventry on Tuesday evening.
Ashely Nadesan looked very sharp in this game and it is clear to see to the supporters that the 24 year old is getting back to full fitness. I’m sure the striker will be looking to secure a place in the starting 11 after a positive performance on Saturday.
Getting back to winning ways is vital for Fleetwood at the weekend with there still being an outside chance of a play-off position.
Last five results in all competitions: L D L W D
League position: 12th with 45 points
Top goal scorer: Freddie Ladapo 16 goals (in all competitions)
The pilgrims sit 12th on 45 points in the Sky Bet League One table, four points behind the hosts on 49 points. Derek Adams will be looking to carry on momentum from their last fixture after his team’s last gasp 2-1 win against Shrewsbury on Tuesday evening.
The visitors have been in inconsistent form coming into the game as they have only won two of their last eight matches but their last result being a 2-1 win on Tuesday night against fellow relegation strugglers Shrewsbury.
Derek Adams side sit 5 points above the relegation zone, and have tough games coming up with fixtures against Charlton, Doncaster and Barnsley in their next six matches so a win is vital in this game.
Last time the two sides met
On the 24th of November, the two sides met at Home Park. With a first half of chances for both sides, it was Plymouth that came out victorious in this fixture. The Plymouth top goal scorer Freddie Ladapo settled the game on the day with his two goals being the difference between the two sides - even after Alex Cairns made a number of good saves to deny his team in the first half. Paddy Madden scored a late consolation goal for the visitors, on a day to forget for the Cod Army.
One to Watch
A player that Fleetwood Town need to watch is striker Freddie Ladapo. The striker has been in red hot form this season netting 16 goals in all competitions. The 26-year-old - who has netted three goals in his last four games - started his career at E Thurrock before signing a professional contract with Colchester in 2012.
After a young Ladapo failed to make a big enough impact at the U’s, numerous loan deals and free transfers followed, with him going on loan moves to Oldham and Shrewsbury before Plymouth signed him on a free transfer from Southend in July 2018.
This has been the season where the striker has made his mark on the division, and it didn’t take long to secure himself as a fans favourite at the club with his impressive goal record. The Fleetwood Town defenders will have to be sharp to not give the lively striker a chance at goal in this game.
“If you win two or three games you can never know what happens. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that enough this season but while the points are still there you have to aim for them.
I think they play a good style of football so it will be a difficult game, but we are at home and we know if we play to our potential we will give anyone a good game in this division.
The young lads have came in and responded really well in training. They have caught the gaffer’s eye and rightly so have been included in the first team. We want to promote from within and now it is up to the young lads to take their chance.
“You have got to win the battles and territory first and then hopefully our quality will come through. We have to execute our plan on Saturday and try and get all three points.”
“We have done really well at home, and away from home as well we have been able pick up some good wins and draws. The confidence throughout the group is very good.
“Fleetwood are in the top half of the table, not far ahead of us. We played well against them down here (Argyle won 2-1 at Home Park in November). They are a very good footballing side with a number of exciting players especially in attack.
“They have got a good way of playing about their system. They play 4-3-3 and have been able to string a number of very good results together.
“We will enjoy going away to Fleetwood. It’s tight venue but the way that our players are playing they will look forward to going there.”
Fleetwood Town fans who haven’t yet purchased their tickets for the match can still buy theirs online, over the phone or at either of our club shops at Highbury or Poolfoot Farm. With Joey Barton’s side looking for a much needed win, you can play your part by being in the stands, cheering on the lads! Click HERE to buy yours today!
Adults - From £22
Senior / Students - From £17
Under 16’s - From £7
Under 5’s - FREE
For more information about the fixture, or to purchase tickets, supporters can call 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.
If you fancy Fleetwood Town to get three points against Plymouth Argyle this Saturday at Highbury you can get odds of 10/11.
For Plymouth to pick up their second consecutive win in the league, the odds are 29/10. A draw between the two sides is 23/10.
For the goal scorer for Fleetwood on Tuesday night (Ched Evans), to score again this weekend, the odds are 6/4.
There are more odds on the official Sky Bet website HERE. Please bet and gamble responsibly.