League One leaders Walsall welcome Bury to the Banks’ Stadium knowing that a win against the Lancashire club will see them move four points clear of Sheffield United, who do not play until next week due to the international break. The hosts are still unbeaten in the league- their most recent result being a 4-0 win at Blackpool, but their six-match unbeaten record in all competitions came to an end on Tuesday when they lost 2-0 to Morcambe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Bury will be buoyed by their win over Accrington in the cup, but their league campaign needs a kick-start – last weekend’s draw with Oldham was their fourth this term.
Blackpool are in dire need of a win if they are to get out of the ever-deepening rut they find themselves in. After their 4-0 loss last weekend to Walsall, the Tangerines are now four games without a results, and have just one point to their name all season. They travel to a Scunthorpe side whose patchy form has hardly done them any favours this term. Mark Robins’ side find themselves out of the JPT after losing at home to Barnsley and, after their 2-2 draw with Colchester last Saturday, sit firmly in mid-table. The visitors are without a win on the road though since April 2014.
Crewe are another of League One’s winless sides – and another hoping to rid themselves of that tag this weekend when they take on a Swindon side still finding their feet are a summer of complete overhaul. The Robins have collected eight points so far but saw their unbeaten run ended by Sheffield United last Saturday in a 2-0 loss. Crewe lost 1-0 to Wigan last weekend but enjoyed a bye in the first JPT round, whereas it took spot-kicks to separate Town and Newport – with Mark Cooper’s side progressing 6-7.
Burton take on Coventry at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend in a battle of two sides that have enjoyed positive starts to their respective league campaigns. Both sides have lost a game each, but it is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men that are in the best form after a third straight league win – a 0-1 win at Shrewsbury – put them third on 12 points. After a fast start to the campaign, Coventry have faltered in the last fortnight, losing and then drawing their last league match 2-2 against Southend. The Sky Blues didn’t have a cup game in midweek, and will be hoping that new signing Marc-Antoine Fortune will provide the perfect foil to Adam Armstrong, who has five goals so far this term.
Southend vs Peterborough
Barnsley vs Shrewsbury
Chesterfield vs Wigan
Crewe vs Swindon
Fleetwood vs Rochdale
Gillingham vs Doncaster
Oldham vs Bradford
Scunthorpe vs Blackpool
Walsall vs Bury
Burton vs Coventry (Sun)