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League One Preview 10.9.2016

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It’s back to league action for Scunthorpe United this weekend following the postponement of last week’s game against Charlton due to international call-ups.

Here we take a look at Saturday’s fixtures in League One:


Bolton Wanderers v MK Dons

League leaders Bolton entertain Karl Robinson’s out of sorts MK Dons at the Macron Stadium fresh on the back of boss Phil Parkinson’s Manager of the Month award which he received on Thursday.

Bolton will be hoping to improve on a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Southend last time out, their second draw in succession, against an MK Don’s side with only one win in five.

The Dons suffered a disappointing 3-2 reverse at local rivals Northampton Town last weekend, but will no doubt be buoyed by their otherwise decent form on their travels which could make this game a little tricky for the leaders.

Match Prediction : Bolton Wanderers 2 MK Dons 1

 Gillingham v Bradford City

Gillingham will be looking to leapfrog Saturday’s opponents Bradford City as they face their second home game in succession. Last time out saw a 2-1 home reverse to Sheffield United for whom Billy Sharp broke Gillingham hearts with a stoppage time penalty to claim all three points.

Unbeaten Bradford make the long trip down to Kent off the back of a useful 1-1 draw against Millwall last week. But Bradford’s form at the Priestfield is non too clever and last season they suffered a 3-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture.

However, Bradford should still prove to be too strong for the Gills.

Match Prediction : Gillingham 0 Bradford City 2


Fleetwood Town v Charlton Athletic

Fleetwood Town will put their nine match unbeaten home run on the line when they entertain a rejuvenated Charlton Athletic at Highbury Stadium.

The Cod Army are flying high in the League One table having only dropped points to Scunthorpe at home so far this season and last time out ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Coventry.

Charlton themselves are running into form going five games unbeaten in all competitions and last time out ended Bolton’s 100% start to the season with a 1-1 draw. This game is arguably the match of the day in League One and very tough to call.

Match Prediction : Fleetwood 2 Charlton 2


Millwall v Coventry City

Millwall take on struggling Coventry City at The New Den knowing that a win could take them to the top of the table. Millwall are unbeaten at home so far this season and last week held leaders Bolton to a 1-1 draw.

Coventry manager Tony Mowbray is coming under increasing pressure from the City supporters after a disastrous start to the season that sees them languishing just one place off the bottom of the table. They are finding goals extremely hard to come by having scored only twice in their opening six games.

Millwall should have way too much in the locker for the Sky Blues.

Match Prediction : Millwall 3 Coventry City 1


Scunthorpe United  v Southend United

Scunthorpe will be hoping to get back to winning ways after a suffering a disappointing 3-1 defeat away at Port Vale last time out. Manager Graham Alexander was sent to the stands after remonstrating with the officials as he saw his side’s unbeaten start to the season come to an end.

Southend have been fairing quite well on the road and can already boast excellent performances away at Sheffield United and Bolton which saw a return of four points. But their form at Scunthorpe over recent years has been poor, and the free-scoring Iron should run out comfortable winners.

Match Prediction : Scunthorpe United 4 Southend United 1


Peterborough United v Port Vale

Peterborough will be looking to get back to winning ways as they entertain an indifferent Port Vale side at London Road. A 2-2 draw at home to Swindon last weekend prevented Posh from moving into second place in the table, a game in which they lead twice.

Vale were thrashed 4-1 away at Bury at a rain soaked Gigg Lane, making a mockery of their otherwise ‘water-tight’ defence that had only seen them concede two goals in the opening month of the season.

Another tough one to call this, but Posh should have too much in the locker.

Match Prediction : Peterborough United 2 Port Vale 1


Bury v Shrewsbury Town

Improving Bury take on an inconsistent Shrewsbury team at Gigg Lane looking to move into the top six of the table. After a poor start to the season, Bury thumped a near impregnable Port Vale side 4-1 at home last week and they’ll no doubt be full of confidence going into this one.

Shrewsbury themselves will be buoyed after an excellent 3-2 win at Oldham last time out earning them only their first away win in six games.

This one should be close.

Match Prediction : Bury 1 Shrewsbury Town 1


Northampton Town v Walsall

You have to go back to October 17th 2015 to find the last time Northampton tasted defeat in the league when they suffered a 2-1 loss at Cambridge.

Since then, some 30 games have passed which included promotion and they’ve carried their excellent form into this campaign.

Walsall have struggled to repeat the form of last season which saw them flying high for most of it, but that’s hardly surprising considering the players they’ve lost since then. But in Simeon Jackson, they have a striker capable of causing many teams many problems.

Match Prediction : Northampton Town 1 Walsall 1


Oxford United v Swindon Town

A mid table clash takes place at the Kassam Stadium between newly promoted Oxford United and Swindon with the home side still unbeaten at home in the league.

Swindon are yet to win on the road so far this season in any competition but are unbeaten in their last two with respectable draws at Gillingham and Peterborough.

Match Prediction : Oxford United 2 Swindon Town 1


Oldham Athletic v Chesterfield

Oldham go into this game still reeling from last week’s 3-2 home defeat to Shrewsbury – their first home league defeat of the season so far.

Chesterfield will be looking to improve on a wretched run on the road so far which has only seen them pick up a solitary point in their opening day draw at Oxford.

Match Prediction : Oldham Athletic 1 Chesterfield 2


AFC Wimbledon v Sheffield United

Both of these sides have made far from convincing starts to the season, although both are showing signs of improvement of late. Wimbledon will be looking to build on their first league win of the season last week against Chesterfield which saw Dom Poleon grab an injury time winner.

The Blades also grabbed an injury time winner last week with Billy Sharp’s penalty helping Chris Wilder’s side to their second successive win.

Match Prediction : AFC Wimbledon 1 Sheffield United 2




Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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