Skip to content
Join
Football
  1. Football
  2. League One

Friday's EFL Preview: Plymouth and Ipswich gun for top spot

There are a smattering of League One and League Two fixtures taking place on Friday evening with domestic league football returning to action following the FA Cup last weekend.

There are six fixtures taking place in League One while there are three more games in League Two as the season heads towards its halfway stage.

Currently, Plymouth sit top of the League One table as they seek promotion back to the second tier for the first time since 2010, while Ipswich are two points behind.

The Pilgrims face a home game against Port Vale, while the Tractor Boys are at home to Fleetwood with both teams seeking to consolidate.

In the fourth tier, the big fixture comes from the Lamex Stadium where second-place Stevenage are at home to fourth-place Barrow in a match between two of the surprise packages of League Two this season.

Pilgrims enjoying wonderful campaign

What: Plymouth v Port Vale

When: 19:45, Friday 2nd December

Where: Home Park, Plymouth

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Plymouth 11/10, Draw 12/5, Port Vale 5/2

When former manager Ryan Lowe departed for Preston last season, many felt that the momentum they were building up would dissipate, but Steven Schumacher has done a great job with Plymouth.

In May, they narrowly missed out on the playoffs but Plymouth have not let that fester in the camp and now they are top of the table.

After losing two of their first four matches this season, they have embarked on a long unbeaten run which could stretch to 16 games if they avoid defeat against Darrell Clarke's Port Vale.

Two draws in two League One games though suggests they can be got at and Port Vale go into this game tenth in the table - currently the best-performing team of all those who were promoted last season.

Ipswich dreaming of Championship return

What: Ipswich v Fleetwood

When: 19:45, Friday 2nd December

Where: Portman Road, Ipswich

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Ipswich 4/11, Draw 15/4, Fleetwood 8/1

Much of the last 20 years has been disappointing if you are an Ipswich fan but Kieran McKenna is beginning to bring the good times back to Portman Road.

The ex-Manchester United coach was a left-field choice when replacing Paul Cook last season, but has brought a terrific brand of football to Suffolk with the Tractor Boys second in the table.

Ipswich defeated Exeter away a fortnight ago, ending a run of successive draws, and now they face a Fleetwood side who are 17th in the table under rookie manager Scott Brown.

The former Celtic midfielder has turned the Cod Army into a solid unit and they have the best defence in the bottom half of the table, but they are also the draw specialists with ten of their 19 matches this season ending level.

Related Football News

FA Cup: Manchester City face Chelsea in cup blockbuster

Premier League: Bournemouth show faith in Gary O'Neil

Playoff hopefuls clash at London Road

What: Peterborough v Barnsley

When: 19:45, Friday 2nd December

Where: London Road, Peterborough 

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Peterborough 11/10, Draw 12/5, Barnsley 5/2

Peterborough and Barnsley meet for a top-six battle with both sides hoping to bounce back into the Championship at the first time of asking.

As usual, Posh's best asset is their attack, and they have scored 34 goals in 19 games with only the top three possessing a better attacking record.

They take on a Barnsley side who have been very difficult to break down this season under Mike Duff, letting just 15 goals past them, which is the joint-best record in the division.. This should therefore make for an interesting clash of styles at the London Stadium.

League Two's surprises go head to head

What: Stevenage v Barrow

When: 19:45, Friday 2nd December

Where: The Lamex Stadium

How to watch: iFollow

Odds: Stevenage 10/11, Draw 23/10, Barrow 10/3

In League Two, Stevenage host Barrow in a meeting between two of the top four with Stevenage flying high after making the FA Cup third round.

Away ties at Gateshead and King's Lynn mean Stevenage were rewarded with a trip to Premier League side Aston Villa in a match that Steve Evans and Co will be looking forward to.

However, Barrow is the next test and both teams have outperformed pre-season expectations and are genuine contenders for a spot in League One next season.

Stevenage have lost only three of their 19 games this season, and their direct style has been tricky for other teams to face. Pete Wild's Barrow meanwhile have bounced back to form following a slump and have won four of their last five games.

League Two's other fixtures see Doncaster host Walsall where a win for either side would put them on the cusp of the play off places, while Crewe host Newport in a match between two teams in the bottom half of the table.

Related Articles

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy