The Cod Army are set to take on Accrington Stanley on Saturday at Highbury, and we have all the information you need to know in this preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Accrington Stanley
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 24th August 2019
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Peter Wright (Referee), David Benton & Chris Isherwood (Assistant Referees) & Ben Atkinson (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood have started the season well, with two back-to-back wins against Peterborough United and AFC Wimbledon in the first two games, before heading to The City Ground to face off against Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.
The Cod Army then travelled to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster Rovers, and ended up playing out a five-goal thriller, with the home side taking the points after an own goal in injury-time.
Joey Barton’s side proved that they can stay in games up until the final whistle on Tuesday as a last-gasp equaliser from forward Paddy Madden meant the points were shared between Fleetwood and Wycombe Wanderers on a wet and windy Fylde coast.
Accrington haven’t quite got going yet this season, as they are currently sitting in 21st after playing three games.
Stanley’s first game of the season was against Lincoln City, which they lost 2-0 at Sincil Bank after goals from Michael O’Connor and John Akinde.
They then travelled to AFC Wimbledon last weekend and, even though Zaine Francis-Angol was sent off, Colby Bishop’s goal secured a point for John Coleman’s side.
Accrington took on Shrewsbury on Tuesday in their first home league game of the season, and with five goals coming in the second half, it was an exciting watch.
Bishop opened the scoring with a penalty before Dion Charles doubles their lead. An own goal brought The Shrews back into the game and gaols from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Daniel Udoh in the last five minutes meant that the away side took all three points.
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LAST TIME WE MET AT HIGHBURY
The last time Fleetwood and Accrington met at Highbury was back in September 2018, and it ended up finishing 1-1 after goals from Cian Bolger and Sean McConville.
Former defender Bolger headed The Cod Army into the lead in the 37th minute but McConville equalised with 20 minutes left which extended each side’s unbeaten league run to seven games.
ONE TO WATCH: COLBY BISHOP
The one to watch for Accrington on Saturday is young forward Colby Bishop, as he has scored three goals in four games (in all competitions) for the side so far this season.
The 22-year-old signed his first professional contract whilst at Notts County in November 2014 and made his debut for The Magpies a month later, in a 1-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons at Meadow Lane.
He then went on short loan spell to National League North side Gloucester City, where he would score two goals in nine games.
After a short loan spell to Gloucester City, Bishop made the move to Worcester City, where he made 25 appearances and scored eight goals in a season.
A short spell to Boston United followed before he headed to Leamington, and this is where he hit his best run of form so far in his career. Even though he had to split his playing time with a job in school, he managed to score 33 goals in 53 games, which got the attention of Accrington.
Since arriving at Stanley in July, he has scored in three of the four games he has played for the club and is seemingly keeping up the form he showed in National League North.
JOEY BARTON’S PRE-MATCH QUOTES
“I met John Coleman in the Summer on holiday, I was with a group of mates and he was out there golfing – we had a good laugh and chewed the fat really. We debriefed the season, talked about the trials and tribulations of being a League One manager.
“Obviously John’s got an enormous amount of experience. You’ve just got to be a sponge when you are in his company and I enjoy spending time with all the coaching staff at Accy. When we play them, whether we win, lose or draw, we always try to put the result to one side and maintain the friendships because we have a derby kind-of rivalry. We’re desperate to beat them, and they’re desperate to beat us and that’s the way it should be.”
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For Fleetwood Town to pick up all three points against Accrington Stanley on Saturday, the odds are currently 3/4, with a draw between the sides priced at 5/2.
The odds for Fleetwood to win and both teams to score has been given a price boost, seeing the odds go from 11/4 to 10/3.
After scoring a last-gasp equaliser against Wycombe on Tuesday, Paddy Madden is 7/2 to be the last goal scorer and is 13/10 to score anytime during the fixture.
You can find more odds on SkyBet. Please remember to bet and gamble responsibly and that odds may change.
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