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Sky Bet League One preview

24 August 2018

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Sky Bet League One has not disappointed in the opening weeks of the season. Sporting Life's Tom Carnduff previews the latest fixtures in England's third tier, alongside a priced boosted accumulator from the EFL's title sponsors.

There are two teams left battling for the 100 per cent 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 great 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 will 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 a maximum 12 points from their four games.

Kenny Jackett's side may face a tricky test at the Keepmoat Stadium against Rovers, although they will be full of confidence after gaining maximum points against Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, Luton and Oxford.

Rovers were held last time out by a Shrewsbury Town 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 Rovers. 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.

The Pirates can be confident, though, given the fact that Southend have not beaten them on their own turf since 2005 – with eight meetings occurring since then.

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 in midweek by Walsall, who have picked up 10 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 positive, with two wins and one draw to their name.
They may have been beaten by Gillingham on the opening day, but they have 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 ninth 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 they 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.

Alongside that, Sky Bet have enhanced the odds of a four-fold accumulator for this week's EFL action. Back Aston Villa, Peterborough, Carlisle and Mansfield all to win at 16/1 by heading here.


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