5:00 p.m. September 23, 2022
It’s a truncated Ligue 1 schedule this weekend as international call-ups mean some games are postponed. But there are still plenty of crackers to come. MIKE BACON glances over.
Game of the week
Plymouth Argle v Ipswich Town
Despite the cancellation of four Ligue 1 games this weekend due to international calls, three of the top four teams are in action.
It’s first against third at Home Park on Sunday lunchtime as young managers Steven Schumacher of Plymouth and Kieran McKenna of Ipswich go head-to-head.
The two teams sit second and third in the last six-game form guide, with both sides securing a point on the road last weekend (which could have been three either way), as Plymouth matched draw at Portsmouth and Town at Sheffield on Wednesday.
Both won the Papa John’s Trophy midweek. Expect a cracker. It’s on TV. Pull up your lounge chair, grab a cup of tea and enjoy. Prediction: Argyle 1 City 2.
Matt hopes to finish “worldwide”
Exeter City captain Matt Jay is hoping his side can get back on track in front of the TV cameras midday on Saturday.
After a strong start to the season, Exeter have lost their last two games and won just one in their last five, including a loss to Burton last weekend. They dropped to 15th in the standings. On Saturday lunchtime they make the short trip to Forest Green Rovers for a 12.30pm kick off and Jay would love to make an impression.
“Of course I would love to score a ‘worldie’ in a live match – who wouldn’t?,” he said.
“But the memory of losing our last two games and the desire to ensure that two doesn’t become three will give me all the motivation I need.”
Comparisons George Best to the Valley
Charlton boss Ben Garner has compared Crystal Palace youngster and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, on a season-long loan from Addicks, to Wilfried Zaha and Manchester United legend George Best.
Rak-Sakyi has already impressed during his season loan spell with Charlton and the Crystal Palace winger has already signed a contract extension this summer keeping him at Selhurst Park until 2027.
“Jes [Rak-Sakyi] has a similar ability to Wilf (Zaha) in that they look like maybe they’re going to lose the ball and run it through someone’s legs or take it away,” said said Garner.
“He’s a bit of a throwback in some ways – you go back to people like George Best who can beat people without moving the ball. Jes can do it.”
A hell of a hug, that. Charlton is traveling to Barnsley this weekend.
Accrington boss hopes for Delfouneso rebound
Nathan Delfouneso has joined Accrington Stanley on a short-term deal and boss John Coleman is hoping he can ease off.
The 31-year-old has been without a club since being released by Bolton Wanderers in the summer.
The Reds are currently 17th in the League 1 table and travel to Bristol Rovers this weekend.
Coleman explained: “With the injury crisis we have, we had the opportunity to make a short-term addition.
“Nathan has a lot of experience and I hope he gives the guys a boost in the attacking department. It gives him an opportunity, he lives locally and that ticks boxes for both sides.”
Classy boss bangs
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed the club’s summer recruitment was designed around manager Grant McCann’s wish to play a 4-3-3 formation.
And he thinks it was the right strategy even though Posh have lost their last four Ligue 1 games, with fan criticism directed at recruitment.
“Grant has to do what he thinks to win us a promotion,” MacAnthony said.
“It makes me laugh when people criticize recruitment.
“We have players in the squad who have already been promoted from Ligue 1. There are players in the squad who have played a lot of games. They are the ones who need to step in. They need to stand up and be counted. “
Peterborough entertain Port Vale this weekend.
Wednesday boss wary of Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers will provide a ‘completely different’ test for Sheffield on Wednesday when they visit Hillsborough this weekend.
That’s according to Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore, who can’t wait for his side to get back to winning ways after a 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town in the league last weekend, and a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Burton Albion in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday.
“You didn’t give God the right to win the game, we have to go win it,” Moore said.
“We will be playing against a really experienced team and manager at this level, and we have to be ready.”
This weekend’s schedule – 3pm unless otherwise stated
Saturday: Forest Green Rovers v Exeter (12.30pm); Barnsley v Charlton, Bristol Rovers v Accrington Stanley; Derby v Cheltenham (postponed, international calls); Lincoln City vs. MK Dons (postponed, international orders); Morecambe v Cambridge United; Oxford United v Fleetwood Town (postponed, international orders); Peterborough versus Port Vale; Portsmouth v Bolton (postponed, international orders); Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe; Shrewsbury versus Burton.
Sunday: Plymouth v Ipswich Town (12:30 p.m.).