Sky Bet League One has not disappointed in the opening weeks of the season. Sporting Life’s Tom Carnduff previews gameday five in England’s third tier, alongside a priced boosted accumulator from the EFL’s title sponsors.
There’s two teams left battling for the 100% start to the EFL season tag, and they both sit at the top end of Sky Bet League One.
Steve Evans’ Peterborough have kicked things off in perfect fashion as they have four wins in as many games.
Victories over Bristol Rovers, Charlton, Luton and Rochdale mean they find themselves top after four games, and they’ll be aiming to maintain their unscratched record when they travel to Plymouth on Saturday.
One goal behind them is Portsmouth, who also join Posh with twelve points from a possible twelve.
Kenny Jackett’s side may face a tricky test at the Keepmoat against Doncaster, although they’ll be full of confidence after gaining maximum points against Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, Luton and Oxford.
Both of these sides know where the net is, and given Pompey have conceded in their last encounter, Sky Bet’s Portsmouth win and Both Teams to Score enhanced offerseems a tempting bet.
Rovers were held last time out by a Shrewsbury team who are starting to add to their tally after a slow start.
Salop have bounced back from defeats to Bradford and Charlton by picking up points against Blackpool and Doncaster. They welcome Luton to Shropshire, with the Hatters picking up their first win of the season against Southend.
Chris Powell’s Southend will aim to respond when they take on Bristol Rovers, who themselves were beaten in their last encounter.
Rovers can be confident though, given the fact that Southend haven’t beaten them on their own turf since 2005 – with eight meetings occurring since then.
Last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists Charlton have had a mixed start to the new season, and they face a tough test when they welcome Fleetwood to the Valley.
They may have been defeated by Wimbledon on opening day, but Joey Barton’s side have bounced back in fantastic fashion with three wins from four in all competitions.
That includes a 5-0 victory over Scunthorpe in midweek, with Ched Evans and Wes Burns grabbing a brace each. Evans has hit the ground running at his new club with four goals and two assists already.
Pre-season favourites Sunderland have started strongly and they are on the road at AFC Wimbledon who have endured a mixed opening four games.
Wimbledon were beaten by Walsall in mid-week, who have defied expectations with ten points from their first four games.
The Saddlers are away once again on Saturday, this time at Rochdale, who have seen plenty of goals in their games so far.
Keith Hill’s men have scored five and conceded eleven, which once again makes Sky Bet’s enhanced offer on a Walsall win and Both Teams to Score a decent shout.
Accrington’s start to life in the third tier has been very positive, with two wins and one draw to their name.
They may have been beaten by Gillingham on opening day, but they’ve responded well by picking up maximum points against Bristol Rovers and Oxford with a draw against Charlton in between.
Stanley travel to Blackpool this weekend, where caretaker boss Terry McPhillips has galvanised his group of players following Gary Bowyer’s early season departure.
Bradford City will be aiming for two wins in a row as they host Wycombe. Michael Collins’ men may have been beaten by Southend and Barnsley, but a midweek win over Burton propels them into 9th in the standings.
Elsewhere, Gillingham welcome Coventry who were defeated by Blackpool on Tuesday night while the impressive Barnsley look to keep their unbeaten run going when they travel to face Scunthorpe.
Sporting Life has a fortnightly Championship podcast where we discuss all things to do with the division. This week’s episode sees Tom Carnduff and Gareth Jones joined by former Derby, Leeds, Millwall and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan. You can listen to this week’s episode by heading here.
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