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League One Preview

3 October 2014

We take a look ahead to the weekend games.

After a weekend that saw both the top two and the bottom two go head to head, we now look forwards to another full complement of League One football.

The last set of results saw goals in every game, with Bristol City extending their lead at the top, while Colchester managed to escape the relegation zone at the other end. 

After defeating then second place MK Dons for the feature game on Saturday, league leaders Bristol City will have victory in their sights again as they travel to play a Walsall side who netted three times in their win against Doncaster last time out. 

Peterborough took advantage of last week’s results, moving themselves back into the top two with a narrow win at home to a struggling Fleetwood.

This week they are at home again to Oldham who also scraped a win last Saturday, defeating Scunthorpe 3-2.

Swindon also took advantage of the MK Dons loss, as they went 3rd, and their highest position yet this season. After hitting 5 against Sheffield United the previous week, they made it 8 in two games when they scored three on the road to Barnsley in their last result.

Swindon will once again line up away, as they travel to east London to play manger less Leyton Orient, still looking for their first home win.

After a 3-2 defeat away to league leaders Bristol, MK Dons will need to bounce back quickly to stay within reach of the top two, and they will be hoping to do this when they travel south to play Yeovil. Yeovil lost 2-0 away to Crawley last time out, compounding their mid table position.

Fifth place Rochdale are now on the hunt for a fourth straight win, after beating Leyton Orient 2-3 away last weekend. Barnsley however are looking to arrest their slide down the table, which has seen them win just one game in six, losing 0-3 last time out to Swindon.

Preston maintained their status as the only team to score in every league game this season, when they became the first team to beat Coventry at the Ricoh since their return, winning 0-2.

Colchester moved themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time since the opening day, with a resounding 0-3 win away to rock bottom Crewe last weekend.

Sheffield United are hot on the tails of Preston though, only being out of the top six with a poorer goal difference.

They turned around a one goal deficit in the last 10 minutes not for the first time this season as they beat Gillingham 2-1 last time out. The Blades travel to Chesterfield who are just one point and a place behind them, following a 1 all draw at home to Notts County.

Ninth place Bradford are still looking for their first home win of the season since the opening day, following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Port Vale last Saturday.

They could break this duck, as they host Crewe who remained bottom after two consecutive 3-0 losses; at home to Colchester at the weekend and then away to Notts County in the week. 

The out of form Fleetwood will be looking to end a run of 7 games without a win. They play Port Vale who got a 1-1 draw away to Bradford last time out, compared to the hosts who lost 1-0 away to 2nd place Peterborough.

Crawley will play Coventry after the visitors lost their first home game back at the Ricoh on Saturday, in contrast to a Crawley side who beat Yeovil 2-0. Coventry are yet to get a win on the road, having recorded 2 draws and three losses in their games on the road this season, as Crawley look to make it 4 home wins from 6 this season. 

Mid-table Gillingham will travel to Meadow Lane and Notts County as they will be hoping to put their last result behind them, losing 2-1 away to Sheffield last time out. Notts County got their fourth draw in a row on Saturday, but subsequently ended that run, when they took apart Crewe in the week.
Both teams lost last time out, with Scunthorpe falling 3-2 away to Oldham, while Doncaster were convincingly beaten 3-0 away to Walsall.

The hosts will need to start scoring soon, to try and reduce their -13 goal difference, while Doncaster will be wary that they are only 2 points above the relegation zone themselves.

Finally, Doncaster will travel to Scunthorpe who are now two points adrift of 20th.


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