The first game on this Smart Acca sees second-in-the-table Ipswich Town travel to 17th-place Huddersfield, with Kieran McKenna’s men looking to maintain their excellent start to the campaign.
Huddersfield enters this on a four-game unbeaten streak, having earned back-to-back draws with Coventry City 1-1 and Stoke City 2-2 after 2-0 and 2-1 victories over Rotherham United and West Bromwich Albion since their heavy 4-0 home loss to Norwich City.
Ipswich Town have won all of their last five matches, having defeated Cardiff City 3-2, before beating Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton by 1-0 scorelines in consecutive league games. Since then, the Tractor Boys have registered impressed 4-3 and 3-2 wins over Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Barnsley and Blackpool go head to head at Oakwell in a meeting of fifth and 14th in League One.
The Tykes have won four of their last five matches, having beaten Manchester City’s Under21s 3-1 and Northampton Town 2-1 since losing 3-2 at home to Portsmouth. Prior to this defeat, Neill Collins’ men had beaten both Burton Albion and Grimsby Town by 2-0 scorelines.
Blackpool have won three of their last four outings since suffering a 5-0 loss away at Wolves in the League Cup. The Tangerines have managed to beat Wigan 2-1 and Barrow 2-0 in the run-up to a 2-0 loss away at Wycombe, before thrashing Reading 4-1 where Jordan Rhodes bagged a hat-trick.
Port Vale and Bolton face off at Vale Park in League One on Saturday with this fixture having the potential to be an entertaining encounter.
Andy Crosby’s side have been in decent form of late, having managed 1-0 wins over both Crewe and Northampton Town, before suffering a 3-2 home loss to Burton Albion, while managing a 1-1 draw with Cambridge and a 2-1 victory at home to Sutton United in the League Cup.
Bolton enters this match off the back of a stunning 8-1 home win over Manchester United’s Under21s where Dan Nlundulu (2), Josh Sheehan (2), Gethin Jones, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Nelson Khumbeni and Luke Matheson all got on the scoresheet. Before this, Ian Evatt’s side had drawn 1-1 with Peterborough, lost 2-1 to Reading and beat Salford 3-0 and Derby County 2-1.
20th placed Colchester face the daunting task of taking on top of the table Notts County at the JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday.
The hosts have only managed one win in their last five matches, beating Tranmere Rovers 2-0 on 9th September. Their sole victory came in between a 1-0 defeat to Walsall and a 1-1 draw at home to Mansfield Town. Since then, they have been thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham’s Under21s and been beaten 2-1 away at Crewe.
Despite losing to Wolves Under21s in the EFL Cup, Notts County’s league form has been strong, having beaten Accrington 3-1 before drawing 1-1 away to MK Dons. Following their draw at Stadium MK, the Magpies have gone on to record 2-0 and 4-3 victories over Salford City and Forest Green Rovers.
The final game on this Smart Acca is another League Two clash, where an in-form Crawley Town side goes up against bottom-of-the-table Sutton United.
Since drawing 3-3 away at Stockport County, the Red Devils have managed to beat Charlton Athletic 4-3, Newport County 4-1, Tranmere Rovers 3-2 and Grimsby Town 3-2.
Sutton are without a win in their last five games, drawing 1-1 and 2-2 with MK Dons and Aston Villa’s Under21s. They have suffered three defeats in this timeframe, having lost to Port Vale 2-1, Accrington Stanley 4-1 and 5-3 away at Swindon Town.
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