Date: 26th December 2015 at 7:00am
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After the brief elation of being top at Christmas, League leaders Burton have to refocus for their Boxing Day trip to Bradford.

Albion saved their blushes with a last minute equaliser against Doncaster on Saturday in what was Nigel Clough’s first game in charge in his second spell at the club.

The Brewers have gone five games without a loss in the division and are three points ahead at the summit.

Their hosts are 11 points and seven places behind, only prevented from being in the top-six on goal difference.

A 1-0 victory against Chesterfield last week kept up their promotion push and another three points against the table toppers will prove they mean business.

Walsall closed the gap to Burton at the top to three points with their 2-0 win against Port Vale in Sean O’Driscoll’s first match in charge.

The Saddlers have the best away record in the league and are on the road again as they travel to London to face Millwall.

The Lions, who suffered a blow of two defeats to Burton and Gillingham in recent matches, are on 31 points, three behind Peterborough.

04 January 2014 FA Cup 3rd Round - Southend United v Millwall FC - Neil Harris, temporary Millwall FC manager. Photo: Mark Leech

Neil Harris’ Millwall are three points off the top-six

After their impressive 3-0 victory at the Den, Gillingham are now four points behind Albion at the top and comfortably in the play-offs.

Manager Justin Edinburgh will want to see more of the same over the festive period, as the club look to challenge for an automatic promotion place.

The Gills travel to Swindon, who are six points off the play-offs after winning their last four matches.

At the other end of the table, it is going from bad to worse for Colchester, who are at the foot of the table with 20 points.

With seven straight defeats but still only two points from safety, United have brought in Kevin Keen to turn things around after Tony Humes’ departure last month.

Their visitors are Southend, who are on 34 points and ahead of Bradford, but still one place outside the play-off places due to goal difference.

The Shrimpers are unbeaten in seven league games, which included a 4-1 demolition at home to Bury last weekend, and they have also only lost twice on the road this season.

Blackpool are a team on the move after three back-to-back wins, which includes two impressive victories against Wigan and Peterborough over the previous fortnight.

The Seasiders’ great form has elevated them out of the relegation zone and they are now four points clear of the bottom-four.

Their opponents are Oldham, who spent Christmas in the drop zone after their  1-1 draw against promotion chasing Coventry was not enough to move them above the dotted line.

The Latics are two points from safety on 20 but in 22nd thanks to a superior goal difference.

Boxing Day clashes do not come much bigger in terms of importance than Shrewsbury’s home clash against Fleetwood, with both teams a single point above the drop.

25 August 2015 - Capital One Cup -Round 2 - Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury Town - Micky Mellon, Manager of Shrewsbury Town - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury face a huge Boxing Day clash against Fleetwood

The Shrews have not won in four league games and, with just 10 points collected at New Meadow, have one of the worst home records in the division.

On the other hand, Stephen Pressley’s men have only picked up seven points on their travels this season, which is also a poor return.

The Cod Army missed the opportunity to beat fellow strugglers Blackpool and Crewe so will want to bounce back in this one.

Peterborough have faltered in the previous two games after storming into the play-offs, keeping Southend and Bradford out on goal difference.

Their defeat to Blackpool was a big surprise and Posh will want to put it right when they take on Chesterfield at London Road.

The visitors, who are on 22 points, only one point better off then Fleetwood and Shrewsbury, have lost their last six league matches and have plummeted down the table.

Caretaker manager Mark Smith looks set to lead the Spireites through the busy festive period and is tasked with changing their fortunes.

All League One Matches:
Blackpool vs Oldham
Bradford vs Burton
Bury vs Barnsley
Colchester vs Southend
Coventry vs Port Vale
Doncaster vs Scunthorpe
Millwall vs Walsall
Peterborough vs Chesterfield
Rochdale vs Crewe
Shrewsbury vs Fleetwood
Swindon vs Gillingham
Wigan vs Sheff Utd

 
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