League One Preview: Burton host Shrewsbury, while Walsall welcome Blackpool
22nd January 2016

The leaders Burton Albion will be looking to build on their brilliant 2-0 win at Coventry last weekend when they host lowly Shrewsbury at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend.

Nigel Clough’s side have picked up 22 points from the last 24 available and sit two points clear at the summit, with games in hand on all of the rest of the teams currently in the top-seven, and face a Shrews side who are one place and one point from safety after two successive heavy defeats.

Second-placed Walsall will look to keep up the pressure on the Brewers when they host the inconsistent Blackpool at the Banks’ Stadium.

Sean O’Driscoll’s side were on the right side of a five-goal thriller as they beat 3-2 Bury at Gigg Lane last weekend, while  Pool thrashed Scunthorpe 5-0, ending a run of three straight defeats, and have been boosted this week with the loan signing of Uche Ikpeazu from Watford.

Third-placed Gillingham welcome sixth-placed Peterborough United to Kent looking to improve on the one point they have picked up from the last six available.

The Gills’ top goalscorer Bradley Dack was the subject of a bid from Bristol City this week, which was rejected, while the Posh lost their top marksman Conor Washington to QPR, but they did sign three players themselves – Harry Toffolo, Adil Nabi and Shaq Coulthirst.

20th October 2015 - Sky Bet League 1 - Rochdale v Coventry City - Adam Armstrong of Coventry - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Adam Armstrong and his Coventry team-mates will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Burton.

Another team that has one point from the last two matches is Coventry, and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they welcome play-off chasing Southend to the Ricoh Arena.

City were beaten 2-0 at home by the leaders Burton last Saturday, while Southend are struggling for form after picking up just one point from their last four fixtures – a 0-0 draw away to Peterborough last time out.

Fifth-placed Wigan will make the short 66-mile round trip to Crewe looking to keep the up the pressure on the sides above them.

The Latics are just four points behind Walsall in second, and will fancy their chances against an Alex side that is bottom of the league, and who threw a 3-1 lead away against Swindon last week, eventually losing 4-3.

This weekend, the Robins travel to face seventh-placed Sheffield United, who will be hopeful of breaking into the play-off positions, while eighth-placed Millwall travel to a Chesterfield team that have won two of their last three, but lost 3-1 at Wigan last time out.

Meanwhile, Port Vale host Bradford with both mid-table teams looking to maintain their play-off chances, while Doncaster will do the same when they travel to Fleetwood, who this week signed striker Devante Cole on loan from Barnsley.

The Tykes, who have won three of their last four after a poor start to the campaign, will see Rochdale make the relatively short trip to Oakwell this weekend, and have been boosted by the news that Southampton loanee Lloyd Isgrove has extended his spell at the club until the end of the season.

Finally, managerless Scunthorpe host 22nd-placed Colchester still looking for a replacement for Mark Robins, who was sacked following the 5-0 thrashing at Blackpool, while their is a Greater Manchester derby at Boundary Park as 23rd-placed Oldham host Bury, with new Athletic boss John Sheridan in desperate need of picking up some points.

League One Fixtures

Saturday, 3pm

Barnsley vs Rochdale
Burton vs Shrewsbury
Chesterfield vs Millwall
Crewe vs Wigan
Fleetwood vs Doncaster
Gillingham vs Peterborough
Oldham vs Bury
Port Vale vs Bradford
Scunthorpe vs Colchester
Sheffield United vs Swindon
Southend vs Coventry
Walsall vs Blackpool

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