Four points cover the bottom-six sides in League Two going into the start of this weekend – however it is Crewe who sit at the basement after just one win this term.
Alex lost 2-1 to Southend last weekend but have a golden chance to kick-start a run of form this time out when they travel to Chesterfield, who have not won in five.
Dean Saunders’ men lost to another team in dire form last weekend, Blackpool, who picked up only their second victory of the season and first home victory since January with a 2-0 triumph.
Burton sit at the top of the division, a point clear of Walsall, and continued their good form midweek drawing 0-0 at Sheffield United to extend their unbeaten run to four games.
This time out they play Phil Brown’s Southend, who are in a similar run of form, having won their last three – beating Crewe 2-1 in their last outing.
Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink’s Albion saw their lead at the top cut due to their draw but they have only lost once at home in five matches this term.
Walsall will be aiming to usurp Burton at the top of the division when they travel away to Wigan.
The Saddlers had to grind out a 1-0 victory against Scunthorpe last time out in order to preserve their top-two status.
Wigan, who are six points back in ninth, drew 2-2 with Millwall in their last game, meaning their push for the top-six stuttered after two draws in as many games.
In Essex, the division’s two form sides go head-to-head as Colchester United host Bury.
The visitors, who beat Peterborough 3-2 midweek and now sit just three points from the summit, won all of their five matches in September, while the U’s, who beat Bradford 2-0 on Tuesday, have won four and drawn one of their last five.
Elsewhere, Gillingham bounced back from their dip in form in emphatic fashion on Tuesday night, beating Fleetwood 5-1 at Priestfield.
The Gills face Oldham this weekend, who have only won once this term, knowing that due to their favourable goal difference they could return to the top with a win.
Athletic drew 1-1 with Port Vale last time out, meaning it is now nearly two months since their last league victory.
Fleetwood, who took that beating from Gillingham, start life after boss Graham Alexander at Scunthorpe.
The Scot was sacked in midweek following that defeat which saw his side slip to within a point of the bottom four.
Caretaker manager Chris Lucketti takes his side to Scunthorpe, who have themselves have had a poor start to the campaign, sitting a point and a place behind their visitors.
Blackpool v Swindon
Burton v Southend
Colchester v Bury
Coventry v Shrewsbury
Crewe v Chesterfield
Doncaster v Barnsley
Gillingham v Oldham
Peterborough v Millwall
Port Vale v Sheff Utd
Rochdale v Bradford
Scunthorpe v Fleetwood
Wigan v Walsall