Date: 29th August 2015 at 8:00am
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Swindon Town will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season this weekend when they welcome Sheffield United to the County Ground in a repeat of last season’s epic 5-5 tie in the play-off semi-final.

This term has seen similar form from Swindon – the Wiltshire side ground out a 1-0 win at Southend last weekend after the controversy in their draw with Port Vale the week before, meaning they remain at the sharp end. Sheffield United have not looked back after their opening game horror show, beating a hapless Blackpool 2-0 last weekend to make it three wins out of four.

26th July 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Sheffield United v Newcastle United - Sheff Utd manager Nigel Adkins - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Walsall sit in second place in League One – but are well placed to improve their points total when they take on a Blackpool side who have lost their last three in a row. The prize for beating Championship side Brighton in the League Cup on Tuesday is a home tie with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea – something which is sure to please the supporters of the West Midlands club. Walsall beat neighbours Coventry 2-1 at the Banks’ Stadium last weekend, whereas for Blackpool the misery continued at Bramall Lane where they lost 2-0 to Sheffield United.

League leaders Gillingham travel to Peterborough this weekend knowing that the task in hand is not as easy as their respective league positions suggest – Boro know that they need a response after losing 2-1 to Burton last Saturday and then 4-1 to Charlton in the cup. The Gills have started the season strongly however they too were knocked out of the cup by higher league opposition this week – losing 2-0 to Birmingham City. They did beat Wigan 2-0 in their last league outing though, putting them top of the pile on goal difference.

Bradford may have sold over 18,000 season tickets for this campaign, but there hasn’t been much to shout about for supporters of the Yorkshire club as of yet. Last weekend saw the Bantams travel to rivals Barnsley to play out a 0-0 draw – which is a result their opponents this weekend, Port Vale, will want to avoid. Vale have played out three draws and a win so far – the latter being a 3-0 victory over Doncaster. In the cup, Vale were unlucky to lose on penalties to West Brom, however holding off a Premier League side for so long will give their supporters hope for the season ahead.

Elsewhere, third-placed Coventry will know that to stay in or around the top of a very congested division only three points will do at this early stage when they welcome Southend to the Ricoh. The Sky Blues’ unbeaten record came crashing down last weekend against Walsall, losing 2-1, however for Phil Brown’s Southend a win will do – the Shrimpers’ inconsistent start has meant they are at the opposite end of the league. Southend lost to 1-0 at home to Swindon last time out, showing that they may being finding it difficult adjusting to life in League One.

League 1 Fixtures 

Saturday (3:00pm)

Blackpool vs Walsall
Bradford vs Port Vale
Bury vs Oldham
Colchester vs Scunthorpe
Doncaster vs Fleetwood
Millwall vs Chesterfield
Peterborough vs Gillingham
Rochdale vs Barnsley
Shrewsbury vs Burton
Swindon vs Sheff Utd
Wigan vs Crewe


Coventry vs Southend (7:45pm)

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