With the new 2015-16 season in full flow; the Football League returns to cure your midweek boredom with a fresh fix of football as all 24 League One clubs line-up for matchday three on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Early league leaders Coventry City will be looking to preserve their 100% record so far this season by recording their third successive win at home to Crewe Alexandra. Newcastle United loanee Adam Armstrong scored braces in both the Sky Blues’ opening victories over recently demoted duo Wigan Athletic and Millwall.
Rochdale, the only other side in League One to win both of their opening fixtures, will be hoping to keep pace with Coventry at the summit as they play host to Walsall, who are themselves unbeaten so far after a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic was followed up with a 2-0 win at Southend United on Saturday.
Meanwhile at the opposite end of the table; Bradford City will be looking to jump off the rocks in last place when they welcome Gillingham to Valley Parade on Tuesday night for their second consecutive home game. The Bantams drew 1-1 with newly promoted Shrewsbury Town last time out, whilst the Gills hit the ground running during the opening weekend by firing four past promotion favourites Sheffield United.
The Blades themselves make the trip to Peterborough United in League One’s first game on Tuesday night, with both club’s enduring mixed results during their opening two fixtures. Nigel Adkins’ Sheffield United were thrashed 4-0 by Gillingham before comfortably beating Chesterfield 2-0 on Saturday, meanwhile Posh grabbed their first tally of points after their 2-1 victory over Colchester United at the weekend.
One of Wednesday’s clashes see Wigan Athletic play Scunthorpe United, with the Latics desperate to get up and running as they seek their first taste of victory this term. After suffering relegation from the Championship back in May, an opening 2-0 defeat to Coventry was not what manager Gary Caldwell ordered, meanwhile Sunday’s goalless draw at Doncaster Rovers did little to convince their home faithful of Wigan’s promotion chances this season.
Fourth-placed Swindon Town are at home to Port Vale on Tuesday night, with the Robins looking to build upon their encouraging unbeaten start to the campaign. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Bury halted their aim of securing back-to-back wins for Mark Cooper’s men, but last year’s beaten play-off finalists should be brimming with confidence as they come up against a winless Vale side.
After capping off their first-ever League One match in the club’s history with a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe on the opening day of the season, Burton Albion will be hoping to get back to winning ways after their narrow 1-0 loss at Barnsley at the weekend. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s League Two champions take on free-falling Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night, although the Seasiders did manage to plunger up an entertaining 2-2 draw at Colchester United on the opening day of the season.
The U’s face a tricky task in keeping Oldham Athletic at bay when the Latics visit the Colchester Community Stadium on Tuesday night, with Darren Kelly’s men currently occupying the final play-off spot. An unbeaten start against Walsall (1-1) and Fleetwood (1-0) has given Oldham room for optimism as they will look to improve upon last season’s 15th placed finish, meanwhile Colchester have only picked up a single point so far this term.
In the remaining fixtures; Bury and Fleetwood will be desperate to register their first league wins of the campaign when they go head-to-head at Gigg Lane, meanwhile Millwall and Barnsley play each other tomorrow with both sides locked on three points.
The final Tuesday night fixture sees newly promoted Shrewsbury Town play host to Chesterfield, whilst Doncaster Rovers is the destination for last year’s League Two play-off winners Southend United.
League One matches:
Peterborough United v Sheffield United (7:30pm)
Blackpool v Burton Albion
Bradford City v Gillingham
Bury v Fleetwood Town
Colchester United v Oldham Athletic
Coventry City v Crewe Alexandra
Millwall v Barnsley
Rochdale v Walsall
Shrewsbury Town v Chesterfield
Swindon Town v Port Vale
Doncaster Rovers v Southend United
Wigan Athletic v Scunthorpe United