With just three games remaining of the 2015/16 Football League season, the pivotal races to secure promotion to the Championship or avoid relegation to League Two are well and truly entering the final stages in League One.
Leaders Wigan Athletic; who drew 1-1 with second-placed Burton Albion in midweek to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table, take on Southend United at the DW Stadium, who have lost their last two league outings.
Meanwhile runners-up Burton will be looking to close the gap after failing to defeat the Latics at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday night, with Nigel Clough’s side visiting relegation threatened Colchester United, who must secure all three points on Saturday afternoon to salvage any chance of preserving their League One status come next month.
Elsewhere Walsall; who are just three points adrift of the automatic promotion spots, with a game in hand, face a tricky trip to play-off candidates Bradford City, despite the Bantams losing 1-0 to Coventry City in their previous match.
Just one place above Bradford in the top six is Millwall, who can strengthen their grip on the play-offs with all three points at Bury this afternoon.
Meanwhile at the very bottom of the standings; already relegated Crewe Alexandra visit still not safe Oldham Athletic, meanwhile third-bottom Doncaster Rovers will need a second win in three league outings against Coventry to sustain their late survival bid.
Darren Ferguson’s men pulled off a wonderful 3-1 victory over leaders Wigan before drawing 1-1 against Chesterfield in midweek to leave Rovers within five points of safety, with only nine points left to play for.
One place above them; but still two points inside the drop zone is Blackpool, who have lost back-to-back league games and visit Fleetwood Town this weekend, who are one of the League One outfits hovering above the dreaded dotted line.
Level on points with the Cod Army (47) is Shrewsbury Town, who hit the road to play Gillingham this Saturday, with the Gills currently sitting proudly in the division’s play-off spots on goal difference.
The remaining League One fixtures see Sheffield United host fellow play-off hopefuls Barnsley at Bramall Lane in the early kick-off (12:30), meanwhile Peterborough United entertain Scunthorpe United at London Road and Port Vale welcome eighth-placed Rochdale to Vale Park.
And finally; an out-of-form Swindon Town side, who have lost five of their last seven league outings, including two draws, will have their fingers crossed that they can halt their woeful form at home to Chesterfield, who could leapfrog their opponents in the standings should the Spireites walk away from the County Ground with all three points.