Plymouth vs Scunthorpe preview
Last Updated: 03/05/19 2:25pm
Goalkeeper Kyle Letheren could return as managerless Plymouth attempt to secure their Sky Bet League One status against fellow relegation candidates Scunthorpe.
Letheren has returned to training after sitting out last Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Accrington having made just two appearances since March 2 as a result of a groin injury he sustained against Sunderland. Striker Freddie Ladapo came on as a half-time substitute at the Wham Stadium after missing the previous two games through injury and will be in contention for a start.
Argyle, who will have caretaker manager Kevin Nancekivell in the dug-out following Derek Adams' departure, have to either better Southend's result against promotion hopefuls Sunderland, or win and hope AFC Wimbledon, who have a slightly better goal difference, lose at already-relegated Bradford if they are to escape the drop.
Interim Scunthorpe boss Andy Dawson has decisions to make with the Iron a point worse off than their hosts and knowing only a win will give them any chance of survival. On-loan full-back Tom Pearce is available after recovering from a hip flexor injury, but fellow defenders Tony McMahon (hamstring) and Jordan Clarke (knee) are still out.
Midfielder Funso Ojo suffered a head injury in last Saturday's 3-2 home defeat by Bradford and is a doubt because of the concussion protocol, although Matthew Lund is pushing for a start after making two appearances as a substitute following 12 games out with a degenerative bone complaint. On-loan Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is expected to be fit despite suffering a leg problem.
There hasn't been a draw between Plymouth and Scunthorpe in the last 15 league encounters, Plymouth winning seven and Scunthorpe winning eight.
After losing five successive away games at Plymouth between March 1999 and October 2009, Scunthorpe have won both of their last two trips.
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Plymouth have lost each of their last five league games, their longest run of consecutive defeats since September 2011 (eight games).
Scunthorpe have picked up just two points from their last 24 available (D2 L6), failing to score in three of their last four.
Plymouth have scored more goals from corners situations at home than any other League One side this season (9).
It is no surprise that we go down to the wire in the League One relegation battle pretty much none the wiser of who could still go down.
There are three spots up for grabs and realistically five teams that could fill them. AFC Wimbledon should have enough to beat Bradford and stay safe, meaning we are left with three from four. Southend start the day outside the bottom four but have the toughest game against Sunderland, while Plymouth and Scunthorpe face each other in a massive game at Home Park. Then there is Walsall, in between that pair, who travel to Shrewsbury.
It is so tough and tight to call. I think Walsall will win at Shrewsbury, and Plymouth and Scunthorpe will draw. But it will all be irrelevant because I am going to back Southend to sneak a shock win against a disheartened Sunderland side, who will likely rest a few players, and be the other team celebrating survival.