League leaders Burton visit fellow promotion chasing Gillingham at Priestfield with Nigel Clough at the helm after Albion announced earlier this week that he would return for a second term.
The 49-year-old enjoyed 11 years as manager in his first spell with the club, eventually leaving in 2009 to manage Derby. Clough succeeds Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who left to become the QPR boss, who left the Brewers in a comfy situation.
Three wins in their last three outings, Burton have taken a two point lead at the top with 41 and with their new manager on board again, could have their best chance of reaching the Championship for the first time in their history.
Their opponents have the best home record in the league with eight wins from 10 and yet to lose. The Gills are three points off top spot in fourth place but a 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury a fortnight ago deprived us of a clash between the top two.
Bottom of the league Barnsley are on the road this weekend. With just seven points collected out of their last 30, the Tykes only need a win to hoist them out of the relegation zone being two from safety. Victory will also mean they will leapfrog their weekend opposition, but it will be a tough ask as Lee Johnson’s men who have conceded in every league away game this season.
Welcoming the Reds are Colchester who are in the perilous position of 20th, one place and a single point above the drop. With five straight league defeats they have recently brought in Wayne Brown as caretaker manager following Tony Humes departure, he will have a golden opportunity for their first league win since October facing the club at the foot of the table.
Doncaster have been steadily climbing the table away from the bottom in recent weeks, collected 10 points from 15. Even with this hard work, Rovers are still only safe by four points and defeat could draw them back into the fight.
Travelling for the match are Crewe who are trying to escape the drop zone. On 19, five points and eight places behind their hosts, Alexandra are bridging the gap following two successive league wins against Colchester and Oldham.
Blackpool ended five straight league losses with a 1-0 win against Fleetwood in the first ever Fylde Coast derby, but they still are 22nd in the table. Neil McDonald’s men will be looking to build on the three points they got in the league, but have the worst away record in the league with only a single win on their travels.
Wigan are seven points from Burton after losing to them and followed up with a draw to Southend. Despite these setbacks Athletic are in fifth place and have a three point cushion to those outside the play-offs. The Latics have a strong home record as they have only lost once in the league, and will want to get back to winning ways on Saturday.
Back to back wins against Bradford and Shrewsbury meant that Walsall stay within touching distance of first, just two points off, but have a far superior goal difference should it matter at the business end.
Walsall are still getting used to life without Dean Smith after the manager left to take charge of Championship club Brentford. The Saddlers seem to be coping on the pitch despite the setback, with a 3-1 victory against Shrewsbury just days after the boss left. The club are just two points off top spot, which is proof they were left in a good condition for whoever takes the job.
Welcoming them are Fleetwood, who are sitting two points above the relegation zone. Defeat to Blackpool put an end to two straight league wins that ensured they are elevated above the drop for now.
With four consecutive wins, Peterborough claimed the final play-off position, this included an impressive 4-0 victory against Scunthorpe which drew the somewhat unlikely comparison of Real Madrid from Iron boss Mark Robins.
They host Shrewsbury who faces their third league game in a row against opposition in the play-offs, after a 2-2 draw to Gillingham and a 3-1 loss to Walsall preceding this match. Another team 21 points, two above the drop, they will want to get some distance from the teams below.
Millwall currently sit one place and two points outside of the play-off positions, but a loss to leaders Burton deprived them of a top-six place. After a 2-1 loss to Wycombe in the FA Cup last weekend the Lions can now put all of their concentration on the league.
They visit Oldham who are in the bottom-four, just one point from safety. Athletic have collected the fewest points at home all season with just six, which includes a solitary win. Without a win in three league games David Dunn’s men need to change their dire situation before it is too late.
All League One Matches:
Bradford vs Southend
Bury vs Chesterfield
Colchester vs Barnsley
Doncaster vs Crewe
Fleetwood vs Walsall
Gillingham vs Burton
Oldham vs Millwall
Peterborough vs Shrewsbury
Port Vale vs Scunthorpe
Swindon vs Rochdale
Wigan vs Blackpool
Sheffield United vs Coventry (Sun)