With no games in the Premier League or the Championship this weekend due to the international break, it’s the turn of League One to take center stage. Over a third of the campaign has already been completed at this level, and the entertainment has been non-stop thus far.
Surprise package Shrewsbury continue to blaze a trail at the top of the table, with big guns Wigan, Bradford and Charlton all hot on their heels. At the bottom, meanwhile, Plymouth, Bury and Gillingham must all find a remedy for their recent woes if they’re to avoid the drop.
The 8 games this weekend draw intrigue from throughout the league, and here we take a look at some of the most interesting clashes.
BRADFORD v PLYMOUTH View full match preview here
Of the division’s top 4 sides only Bradford are in action, providing them with a perfect opportunity to pile the pressure on their promotion rivals. They host bottom side Plymouth in what, on the surface, appears a straight forward win, but with the visitors having avoided defeat in each of their last 4 League One outings, concentration will be required to get the job done. The KickOff predictive algorithm gives them a 62% chance of doing exactly that.
SCUNTHORPE v BRISTOL ROVERS View full match preview here
This weekend also provides Scunthorpe with an excellent opportunity to apply some pressure. They currently sit in 5th place, 4 points behind Charlton in 4th, and simply cannot let the chance to reduce that gap to just 1 point slip by. Bristol Rovers are the visitors to Glanford Park and with 5 defeats in their last 6 away fixtures, they’re unlikely to be high on confidence. The KickOff algorithm gives a 50% chance of a home win, and in all honesty that’s probably rather generous to the visitors.
GILLINGHAM v BURY View full match preview here
Gillingham and Bury currently occupy 2 of the division’s 4 relegation places, and arrive into their clash in predictably dismal form. With respective averages of 0.75 and 1.05 goals per game their meeting promises to be anything but a classic, but it could just be a nice earner for the punters. The KickOff predictive algorithm gives a 57% chance of there being under 2.5 goals in the match and with odds of 2.20 available with Coral, it’s surely one of the bets of the day.
BLACKPOOL v PORTSMOUTH View full match preview here
Finally, we come to a clash between 2 sides that occupied Premier League places in the not-too-distant past – Blackpool and Portsmouth. Both are currently hanging around in mid-table mediocrity, with an injection of energy required to stop their respective seasons from simply slipping away. The KickOff algorithm gives Blackpool a 46% chance of claiming victory here, and with Portsmouth having lost 4 of their last 5 away matches it’s easy to see why.
Overall, it looks set to be fantastic weekend of entertainment, there’s no better place than KickOff to follow all of the action.