Date: 5th March 2016 at 8:10am
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Burton Albion continue to hold top spot by a strong four point margin as they prepare to travel to a Crewe side who are second from bottom and without a win in five.

The Brewers beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramble Lane in midweek and have tasted success in 10 of their 16 away matches this term. Alexandra are a massive eight points from safety and a visit from the leaders has come at the worst time, when they are desperate for three points, but they can take confidence from the fact that they came within a whisker of beating Southend on Tuesday.

Wigan look the most likely team to oust Burton from top spot, after their fabulous unbeaten run continues. The Latics know they have the ideal opportunity to keep the pressure on the leaders when they host out-of-form Peterborough. The Posh are now 16th after losing their last five league games.

Another side winless in five are Walsall, whose title hopes have taken a knock after two goalless draws since last weekend left them eight points from the summit. Sean O’Driscoll will have hope now that striker Jordy Hiwula has returned to them on loan, addressing the problem of just two goals in their previous five matches.

The visitors are Barnsley who are in seventh and kept out of the top-six by goal difference alone. The Tykes have transformed their season since Christmas, losing just once, rising from the relegation zone to promotion contenders.

Barnsley vs Everton @Oakwell Barnsley 2nd Round League Cup, Wednesday 26th August 2015Pic Steve Parkin Barnsley's Sam Winnall celebrates after scoring the 1st goal

Barnsley are now only outside of the League One play-off positions on goal difference.

Three points and two places above Barnsley are Millwall, despite two draws since last Saturday. The Lions have the second best away form in League One but have a less than average home form, with only seven wins from 17 attempts, something that can be addressed this weekend. On the road to The Den are Blackpool, who slipped into the bottom-four in midweek. Two points from safety, the Tangerines will want to jump back out at the first opportunity.

The two teams sitting just above the drop zone are Doncaster in 19th and Shrewsbury in 20th, both on 37 points. They meet this weekend knowing that a win for either side could go a long way to ensuring safety.

Rovers are the hosts and have had they squad boosted with the loan signing of Premier League midfielder Riccardo Calder, who joins from Aston Villa. The England under-17 international will hope to end Donny’s run of seven games without victory.

Town also have the services of a top-tiered player, with Crystal Palace winger Sullay Kaikai returning to the Shrews until the end of the season. Unbeaten in four, Micky Mellon’s men are the form team going into this fixture.

Colchester’s ended a callous run of league form which had seen them winless since October, with a 2-1 victory away to Bradford on Tuesday. The team they had last beaten five months ago was Port Vale, who are their hosts this weekend. United remain 10 points from safety and know they have to be picking up points consistently to give themselves a chance of avoiding relegation. Vale are in 10th, three points off of the top-six.

Elsewhere, Bury host play-off chasing Bradford, Coventry, who have lost their last two, welcome mid-table Rochdale to the Ricoh, Sheffield United go to Fleetwood, Swindon travel to third-from-bottom Oldham, Scunthorpe host automatic promotion hopefuls, Gillingham, who have lost their last three, and Chesterfield go to Southend.

League One Fixtures (Saturday, 3pm)

Bury vs Bradford City
Coventry City vs Rochdale
Crewe Alexandra vs Burton Albion
Doncaster Rovers vs Shrewsbury Town
Fleetwood Town vs Sheffield United
Millwall vs Blackpool
Oldham Athletic vs Swindon Town
Port Vale vs Colchester United
Scunthorpe United vs Gillingham
Southend United vs Chesterfield United
Walsall vs Barnsley
Wigan Athletic vs Peterborough United

 
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