After Mansfield’s impressive 2-0 away win at Notts County on Friday, the league’s very, very early leaders will be hoping to leapfrog the Stags at the top.
The feel good factor is back at Paul Cook’s Portsmouth – and the south coast side will be looking to make it three wins in all competitions when they travel to Devon to take on Plymouth. A second round cup date with Reading booked, many believe that this season could be one of real resurgence for Pompey – meaning each away point gained is vital.
Cambridge will be looking to build on their opening day 3-0 victory over Newport with a win to show for their long journey to Carlisle United. The Cumbrians drew 1-1 at Mansfield first time out – and will be buoyed by their extra-time cup victory over Chesterfield on Tuesday.
Luton, who grabbed a late draw at Acrrington on day one, pulled off one of the shocks of the round in the League Cup when they beat Championship Bristol City – and they take on another side who sprung the shock midweek too in Oxford United. The Yellows found themselves 0-3 up within the first 20 minutes against Brentford before winning 4-0, and will hope they are able to start with the same intensity at Kenilworth Road this time around after drawing 1-1 at home to Crawley last week.
Wycombe will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Barnet at the Hive this Saturday after a spirited – but sadly fruitless – performance against Fulham on Tuesday. The Bees showed good character themselves after grinding out a 1-2 win at Millwall. The hosts fell to a 2-0 loss at Leyton Orient last week, while the Chairboys thrashed York 3-0.
Elsewhere in League Two, Yeovil host Bristol Rovers in a West Country derby at Huish Park after both sides were dumped out of the League Cup by higher league opposition. Paul Sturrock’s Yeovil squad, who lost 3-2 at Exeter last week, now has eight injuries – meaning there is now a selection headache just two games into the new campaign. Rovers lost on their return to the second tier, falling 1-0 at home to Northampton.
Barnet v Wycombe
Carlisle v Cambridge
Crawley v Wimbledon
Dag & Red v Leyton Orient
Luton v Oxford Utd
Morecambe v Accrington
Newport v Stevenage
Northampton v Exeter
Plymouth v Portsmouth
Yeovil v Bristol Rovers
York v Hartlepool