Date: 17th October 2015 at 6:05am
Written by:

Walsall returned to the top of the League One table on goal difference last weekend with a 2-0 win over then leaders Burton, and they will hope to pull away from the Brewers this time out when they welcome Chesterfield to the Bescot.

Manager Dean Smith has signed a new contract with the club – meaning that a perfect week could be topped off with three points at home. Chesterfield slipped to a 3-1 defeat against third placed Gillingham last weekend, and now sit just three points above the drop zone due to their inconsistent recent form.

Burton will be hoping to put just a third defeat of the season behind them when they travel to face Fleetwood Town.

1st August 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Burton Albion v Derby County - Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Burton aim to get back to winning ways

The Cod Army, who have collected just nine points from 12 matches and sit 23rd, narrowly lost their first match under the management of Steven Pressley last time out as a Richard Wood own goal gave Coventry all three points. Albion have won eight matches already; six more than their hosts.

Swindon boss Mark Cooper revealed this week that the injury crisis faced by his squad at the moment is so deep, there are not even enough players for a five a side game to take place in training sessions.

However tongue in cheek he may have been, the Robins are genuinely beginning to struggle this term, slipping to a 2-1 home defeat to Peterborough in their last game. Millwall, their opponents this weekend, welcome the Reds to the Den in a similar plight – a fortnight ago Peterborough beat them 5-3, meaning they also hover just above the drop zone.

After two consecutive wins for the first time this season, Blackpool will be hoping to continue their revival after a week off due to the international break.

Their 1-0 win over Swindon last time out was only their third this term and providing other results go their way this weekend they could find themselves outside the drop zone for the first time this season. Coventry welcome the Tangerines to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday – and they are currently fighting for points at the sharp end of the table, where they are only three points from Walsall at the top after their late 1-0 win over Fleetwood.

Doncaster and Bradford face each other in a Yorkshire derby on Saturday where a win for either side would constitute their best run of the season to date.

06 September 2014 - Sky Bet League 1 - Peterborough United v Port Vale - Darren Ferguson manager of Peterborough United - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Darren Ferguson, new Doncaster boss

Sitting 20th and 18th respectively, and only two points apart, there is more than just bragging rights on offer this time around. Rovers, with new manager Darren Ferguson at the helm, sit above the goal difference on goal difference only, and will be hoping a 2-1 win over Barnsley last time out is the catalyst of a good run. Meanwhile, Bradford will want to follow up their 3-1 victory over Rochdale with three more points in this clash.

Bury’s fantastic unbeaten run continued last weekend – although their 2-2 draw with Wigan could have been another three point haul had it not bee for two goals in the last 10 minutes from the Latics.

Despite this, their unbeaten run now stretches to nine games, and with the visit of ninth-placed Rochdale this weekend, they could go top depending on results elsewhere. Dale sit six points behind their hosts after a 3-2 defeat to Sheffield United last weekend.

Weekend’s League One Matches:
Bury vs Rochdale
Coventry vs Blackpool
Crewe vs Gillingham
Doncaster vs Bradford
Fleetwood vs Burton
Millwall vs Swindon
Oldham vs Sheff Utd
Port Vale vs Peterborough
Scunthorpe vs Shrewsbury
Southend vs Barnsley
Walsall vs Chesterfield
Wigan vs Colchester

 
Brought to you by Shoot!