Date: 19th April 2016 at 11:35am
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League One leaders Wigan Athletic will be looking to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night when they visit second-placed Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, looking to extend their three-point advantage over their title rivals.

The Latics, who saw their 20-match unbeaten run grind to a halt following a surprise 3-1 defeat to relegation threatened Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, saw their lead cut to three points after the Brewers drew 0-0 with Barnsley on Saturday.

 Athletic manager, Gary Caldwell - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Gary Caldwell’s Wigan could sit six points clear at the top of League One with victory at Burton on Tuesday – Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Elsewhere; third-placed Walsall, who currently lie three points behind the top two, with a game in hand, welcome Swindon Town to the Bescot Stadium tonight.

The Saddlers, who have won back-to-back league outings against Gillingham and Southend United, should be confident about keeping up the pace in the automatic promotion race given the Robins have lost five of their last six fixtures.

Fourth-placed Bradford City will be hopeful of strengthening their play-off place by extending their five-game unbeaten run against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

The Bantams have stormed into League One’s top six after six victories in their last eight games, whilst the hosting Sky Blues have slumped to 12th in the standings, despite being tipped to win promotion earlier on this season when they sat proudly at the summit.

Fellow promotion candidates Millwall and Gillingham will be doubly determined to keep hold of their play-off spots this evening with only four games remaining of the season, when they take on Fleetwood Town and Rochdale respectively.

However Barnsley, who lifted the 2016 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley Stadium earlier this month, will be waiting in the wings should either the Lions or Gills slip-up, especially if they can seal all three points against Peterborough United at Oakwell.

Meanwhile at the opposite end of the table; already relegated Crewe Alexandra host Colchester United at Gresty Road in a clash of the division’s bottom two.

The Railwaymen, who can already prepare for life in League Two next term, could drag the U’s down with them as the visitors currently lie nine points adrift of safety with only 12 points on offer – a must-win encounter at Crewe for Colchester.

Just above them is Doncaster; who finally ended their barren 17-game winless run with a shock 3-1 victory over Wigan on Saturday, although they still sit six points shy of preserving their League One status for next year.

Darren Ferguson’s side travel to 17th placed Chesterfield, who themselves are only four points above the drop zone after their most recent 3-0 loss to the hands of Sheffield United at home.

The Blades this time visit the Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday night where Shrewsbury Town have the opportunity to put more space between themselves and the relegation zone with all three points against Nigel Adkins’ men.

Micky Mellon’s side hover just two points above the dreaded dotted line, although Saturday’s solid 1-1 draw against promotion chasing Bradford will give them some fresh hope of securing their place in League One beyond the summer.

The other fixtures see Scunthorpe United; who are six point adrift of the top six, continue their faint play-off hopes when they take on 15th placed Bury, plus lowly Oldham Athletic could do with all three points on their travels to Phil Brown’s Southend at Roots Hall.

 
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