The top-two are set to do battle in League One this weekend as Gillingham travel to Coventry in what could be one of the most important matches of the season.
They are both on 34 points after 17 games but the Gills edge ahead with +15 goal difference, just one better then City.
Justin Edinburgh’s team brushed aside fellow promotion chasing Bury last Saturday 3-1, while Tony Mowbray’s Sky Blues beat Colchester by the same score line.
The league leaders returned to winning ways after four games without victory, including two cup exits, which prompted Edinburgh to call their performances ‘unacceptable’.
A large part of Coventry’s success has been down to the league’s top scorer Adam Armstrong who is currently on 12, having scored all but six of his side’s goals in the division.
The Ricoh side have been having a lot of trouble off the pitch in the last week regarding a potential new ground in the city, but on the pitch the results have been far more favourable, with an unbeaten league run of eight games.
Any other week and Bury hosting Burton could have been the standout fixture of League One, with both sides sitting in the top-six.
Bury’s defeat to Gillingham was their third defeat in four league matches and they now hang by a thread in the top-six, with a number of clubs ready to take advantage of their dip in form.
Burton have a game in hand from last week because of international call-ups and will replay their fixture on the December 1st. Currently fourth and two points behind Gillingham, they have the chance to keep the pressure on those above them.
Down the other end of the table, Swindon moved out of the relegation zone last weekend with a 2-1 victory against mid-table Scunthorpe, their first win in all competitions since September 5th.
They visit fellow strugglers Fleetwood who languish in 22nd, two places and a single point behind Swindon.
The Cod Army have lost back-to-back league games against Chesterfield and Peterborough and a further loss could make life even more difficult for boss Steven Pressley.
With eight league defeats on the bounce, a club in even more difficulty are Barnsley. On a measly 14 points, they are second from bottom and have collected just four points on their travels, the lowest in the division.
Now under-pressure boss Lee Johnson travels to his old side Oldham, who have the second worst home record in the league with six points accumulated. Three points above the drop with 19 points, a victory could stave off pressure temporarily.
Swindon’s victory demoted Blackpool into the final relegation spot. The Tangerines have lost their previous three games and have suffered an additional blow as 18-year-old midfielder Henry Cameron was stretchered off during his international debut for New Zealand and will miss the rest of the season.
Their opponents are Southend, who are in a much favourable position. Eleventh in the league and three points off the play-off spots, they will be looking to pick up their first victory in four league matches.
Walsall are yet to play a league game this month and like Burton have a game in hand to be played in December. The Saddlers also share the same points tally as Albion but are third in the league thanks to a superior goal difference.
They host Sheffield United who are two points off the final play-off spot but are also winless in three. Nigel Adkins’ side will find it tough to get a result here, but have been boosted by the news that 20-year-old midfielder Kieran Wallace has signed a contract extension until 2018 with The Blades.
Bottom of the pile Crewe are in dire need of some positive results if they are to lift themselves up the table. They are on 13 points from 17 games with 14 goals scored in the league. Manager Steve Davis has just celebrated four years with the club but results on the pitch need to change soon if they are to remain in the league.
Peterborough are the visitors to Gresty Road and come off the back of a 2-1 victory against Fleetwood last weekend. The Posh are 10th and three points behind Bury in the final play-off place.
League One Match (3:00pm):
Bury vs Burton
Coventry vs Gillingham
Crewe vs Peterborough
Doncaster vs Rochdale
Fleetwood vs Swindon
Millwall vs Colchester
Oldham vs Barnsley
Port Vale vs Chesterfield
Scunthorpe vs Bradford
Southend vs Blackpool
Walsall vs Sheff Utd
Wigan vs Shrewsbury