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Weekend preview with Sporting Life

28 December 2018

Match Previews

Weekend preview with Sporting Life

28 December 2018

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We’ve passed the halfway point of the season in Sky Bet League One, and Sporting Life’s Tom Carnduff previews the latest round of games.

It’s getting tight at the top of the table, with Portsmouth’s lead cut to a single point following Luton’s wonderful run of form.

The Hatters have won their last seven games in the league, boasting the best home record alongside that run.

They are on the road again this week, which hasn’t been too much of an issue with four consecutive away wins in all competitions.

Walsall are looking to snap a three-game winless run, although they did pick up positive results against Sunderland and Coventry prior to that.

The current leaders will be looking to bounce back from defeat against Gillingham as they travel to take on Fleetwood.

Pompey have only won one of their last four, and it’ll be a tough task as they come up against a Joey Barton side who have won five of their last six at home.

Chasing the top-two down is Sunderland. They may sit four points adrift currently, but they’ll be hopeful to be in a position where their two games in-hand could be enough to fire them to the top of the charts.

The subject of a popular Netflix documentary this month, the Black Cats (and Bradford) should be applauded for the huge 46,000 crowd at the Stadium of Light for their Boxing Day game. This was a bigger capacity than the crowd at Wembley for Tottenham v Bournemouth in the Premier League.

The home crowd will want another home victory this weekend as they take on Shrewsbury, who are looking to snap a three-game losing streak on the road.

Lee Bowyer has been winning the awards so far this season for his efforts with Charlton, and they currently sit fourth in the table.

They’ll be looking to bounce back from defeat to Coventry, although it won’t be easy against a Barnsley side who have lost just once at home in all competitions this season (and that was on penalties).

Occupying the final play-off spot is Peterborough, who were beaten by Barnsley on their visit to Oakwell in midweek.

Posh head to an Accrington side who will be looking to push themselves back towards the top-six. Stanley have won their last three home games, also securing victory in four of their last five in all competitions.

Remaining firmly in the play-off hunt is Doncaster, who sit just two points behind Peterborough.

Rovers lost to Fleetwood on Boxing Day, but can take confidence in the fact that they enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten run prior to that defeat.

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