Bolton’s big chance, misery for Portsmouth: Our League One expert examines the weekend ahead

With the international break over, some of the division’s bigger clubs will be back in action this weekend. 

All eyes will likely be on Adams Park where Gareth Ainsworth, a contender for the Sunderland job, will look to get Phil Parkinson’s reign off to a bad start. It’s a fascinating tie and one which ended in controversy last season after Duncan Watmore’s late leveller and injury. He’s only just returning from that blow and is sure to make a brief cameo in Buckinghamshire if nothing else.

The weekend kicks off with a pair of Friday night matches; crisis club Southend visit Tranmere Rovers in a game that’s sure to go one way. It could be argued that Tranmere are fortunate to be where they are; their wins have been scraped and against Coventry City they looked ill at ease despite winning 1-0.

However, against woeful Southend side seemingly already on a collision course with League Two, they should pick up some valuable points. Michael Appleton will be hoping to do the same in his second league match in charge at Sincil Bank. He’s lost two on the road, against Blackpool and Peterborough, but Shrewsbury’s visit is one he’ll be hoping to see a return from. You wouldn’t bet against the Imps, aside from their 6-0 thumping against Oxford they’ve not yet conceded at home in the league from open play.

We’ve picked three more games that look especially tasty this weekend, hoping to find you one home win, one away win and one draw.

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