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League One weekend preview: Ipswich welcome leaders Plymouth

It could be a defining weekend in the League One title race as third-placed Ipswich welcome leaders Plymouth in a clash of the titans at Portman Road.

At the same time, Sheffield Wednesday, in second, face a tricky trip to playoff chasers Wycombe while it's seconds out, round two for Bolton and Portsmouth who resume hostilities four days after squaring up in the EFL Trophy.

Can Chaplin make charlies out of Schumacher's pace-setters?

WhatIpswich v Plymouth
WherePortman Road, Ipswich
When15:00, Saturday 14th January, 2023
OddsIpswich 8/15, Draw 10/3, Plymouth 5/1

Portman Road stages the game of the weekend in League One with Ipswich, in third, hosting table-toppers Plymouth and expected to triumph judging by odds of 8/15.

Fresh from battering Championship strugglers Rotherham 4-1 in the FA Cup, the Tractor Boys need to pick up the pace again in the league having won just one of their last four.

Conor Chaplin, with seven goals in his last eight, will doubtless have his backers at 5/1 to score first in the Goalscorers market, though if the ex-Pompey man misses out boss Kieran McKenna has abundant alternatives on the bench having already signed George Hirst (from Blackburn) and Nathan Broadhead (from Wigan) since the transfer window opened.

That level of firepower – and don't forget seven-goal Freddie Ladapo – appears to put Ipswich in a league of their own and certainly gives them an edge over Plymouth, who have seen nine-goal loanee Morgan Whittaker return to Swansea.

Steve Schumacher's side did beat Ipswich 2-1 at Home Park in September, having only lost once in the league since August and are buoyant after winning 2-0 at Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Chairboys looking to do what Magpies couldn't

WhatWycombe v Sheffield Wednesday
WhereAdams Park, High Wycombe
When15:00, Saturday 14th January, 2023
OddsWycombe 5/2, Draw 12/5, Sheff Wed 11/10

Sheffield Wednesday head south in fine spirits a week after stunning Newcastle in the FA Cup, but knockout glory won't count for anything at Adams Park.

Darren Moore's Owls are 11/10 in the Full Time Result market and that's hardly a surprise given they are unbeaten in 18 matches across all competitions in 90 minutes.

But they remain without their injured skipper, playmaker and inspiration Barry Bannan, and seventh-placed Wycombe are a danger to anyone.

Over the past six weeks Gareth Ainsworth's men have seen off the likes of Portsmouth, Ipswich and Peterborough – winning all three without conceding a solitary goal. You can have 11/2 on Wycombe To Win to Nil in the Specials section.

Wanderers are nicely rested having been off duty since New Year's Day and they know they are in for a battle against 11-goal Michael Smith and Josh Windass, who has bagged five in his last two including the winning brace against Newcastle.

In the Goalscorers market, Smith is 5/1 to opening the scoring, while Windass is 6/1.

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WhatBolton v Portsmouth
WhereUniversity of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
When15:00, Saturday 14th January, 2023
Odds Bolton 21/20, Draw 13/5, Portsmouth 5/2

Portsmouth's woes continued on Tuesday when they crashed out of the EFL Trophy at Bolton, and now they head back there for a League One rematch.

That made it two cup exits in a week for Pompey – they lost 1-0 at Tottenham in the FA Cup on Sunday – though it's their alarming fall from grace in the league which is proving more damaging.

Top of the table in mid-September, they are now in the bottom half having gone nine without a win in the league.

It won't inspire confidence that Ian Evatt's in-form side have conceded just one goal in their last seven matches and are 5/2 To Win to Nil.

It's Fergie time – yet again!

WhatPort Vale v Peterborough
WhereVale Park, Burslem
When20:00, Monday 16th January, 2023
How to watchSky Sports
OddsPort Vale 17/10, Draw 12/5, Peterborough 8/5

If there's something wrong with your football team, who are you going to call – well, Darren Ferguson, obviously.

Whenever crisis arrives at London Road the first phone call appears to be from chairman Darragh MacAnthony to Fergie Jr and it's happened again.

Posh's 3-0 home loss to Wycombe two weeks ago made it one win in eight and spelled the end for Grant McCann, with Ferguson summoned for a fourth go at managing a club where he has enjoyed success.

His first task is getting the better of Port Vale, who have won four of their last six – including at Plymouth – and are nobody's pushovers.

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