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Preview: Accrington Stanley v Fleetwood Town

29 March 2019

Fleetwood Town will be making the short trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One, looking to make it two league wins on the bounce after their win against Plymouth.

Fixture: Accrington Stanley v Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Saturday 30th March 2019

Kick-Off: 15:00

Venue: The Wham Stadium, Livingstone Road, Accrington, BB5 5BX

Match officials: Anthony Backhouse (Referee), Alan Clayton & Wade Smith (Assistants), Simon Mather (Fourth Official)

ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Last five results in all competitions: L W L L L

League position: 17th with 44 points.

Club’s top goal scorer: Billy Kee (15 goals all competitions)

Accrington have only won two of their last season ten Sky Bet League One matches, with that being a 3-1 victory on the road to Wycombe Wanderers, and a 4-2 win over Oxford United on home soil.

John Coleman’s side shipped 5 in their last match against Burton Albion, and now sit two points above the relegation places, and with recent results, they are now looking over their shoulder at the sides below them.

On the flip side, there are only five points that separate 12th place to 21st in the league table – it really will be an interesting end to the season for teams at the bottom, and at the top of the League One table.

 

FLEETWOOD TOWN

Last five results in all competitions: W L L D W

League position: 11th with 52 points

Top goal scorer: Paddy Madden (18 goals in all competitions)

The Cod Army haven’t had a match for two weeks due to the international break. This has seen on loan defender Harry Souttar represent Australia U23s in their bid to reach the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The towering centre half featured over the weekend in his side’s 6-0 win over Chinese Taipei, getting an assist in the process.

With Town’s last match being a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at home, there’s a lot of confidence going into this match at the Wham Stadium, with the play-offs not too far from Joey Barton and his sides’ reach.

Fleetwood drew 1-1 with Accrington earlier in the season, and it was former defender Cian Bolger who got the goal for the home side with a glancing header inside the 18-yard box.

There’s no new injury news to report with James Wallace, Craig Morgan and Dean Marney still recovering from knocks. Apart from that, it looks the gaffer will have a heathy headache come 2pm on Saturday.

Last time the two sides met

On the 15th September 2018, the two sides met for the first time in League One. It was Fleetwood who made the first move in the match with Cian Bolger scoring for Town in the 37th minute of the match.

John Coleman’s side scored twenty minutes from time with Sean McConville bagging his third of the campaign by slotting the ball past Alex Cairns in the Fleetwood goal.

One To Watch: Billy Kee

Billy Kee is the man to watch for Accrington when the Cod Army make the short trip down the motorway to the Wham Stadium.

Kee currently has 15 goals to his name in all competitions, and has carried on his goal scoring form from last season – when he finished last season as Sky Bet League Two’s top scorer with 25 league goals in 46 matches.

The forward had a short spell at Accrington in 2009 and after time away, he re-joined Accrington in 2015 and has gone on to score 77 goals in 130 matches for the club.

With spells at Torquay United, Burton Albion and Scunthorpe United, the 27-year-old has scored goals where ever he has been, and adds plenty of assists to his game, with seven coming last season alone.

Kee has represented Northern Ireland at U19 level and at U21 level, but it yet to make his senior international debut.

JOHN COLEMAN

“The first thing I have to do is show them where they’ve gone wrong. We’ll come up with a plan to try and win the game next Saturday. We’re not going to hide in a corner and cry and say, ‘that’s it, our season’s over’.

“We’ve been beaten by a better team (Burton Albion last time out), but here’s been times when we’ve been the better team this season, we’ve got to believe that we can go again, and we can get back to that form.”

JOEY BARTON

“It should be an entertaining game at Accrington. It would be great to see many of our fans at the ground, and the key for us is to make that intimidating atmosphere as they did it at Bradford City away. It felt like a shift in a mindset of our players that day.

“This match against Accrington is massive for us, so I want the lads to feel that pressure as they need to get use to it in their career.”

You can watch Joey’s full interview HERE on our official iFollow page.

TICKET INFORMATION

The Cod Army will be situated in the Coppice Terrace (behind the goal), and also in the new stand - which was opened earlier this season - The Studio Stand. This will give supporters buying tickets the option to sit or to stand when the match kicks-off at 3pm!

The ticket prices are as follows:

Adults - £20

Seniors (64+) and Students - £15

12-17 Year-Olds - £10

Under 12s - £5

Coach Travel

The coaches will be leaving Highbury Stadium at 11:30am and at 12:30pm on the day of the game, and this will cost Onward Card holders £5, and just £10 for non-Onward Card holders. When booking, please be specific on which coach you want to take.

Supporters are able to buy tickets and travel over the phone by calling 01253 775080 or by popping into the club shop either at Highbury Stadium or Poolfoot Farm.

BETTING ODDS

If you fancy Fleetwood Town to get three points against Accrington this Saturday at the Wham Stadium, you can get odds of 17/10.

For Accrington to pick up the points at home for the first time since the 17th February, the odds are currently at 6/4. A draw between the two sides is now 9/4 – A repeat of the last time these two sides met?

The SkyBet price boosts odds of Fleetwood to win and for both teams to score, it was 9/2, but it’s not 11/2.

For Fleetwood to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 on Saturday – the odds are 5/2.

For Barton’s side to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – the odds are 10/1.

There are more odds on the official Sky Bet website HERE. Please bet and gamble responsibly.


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