League leaders Burton face a harrowing trip to fourth-placed Coventry, with the two clubs only three points apart.
Albion have recorded six wins and a draw in their last seven and are on top with 51 points, one better than Gillingham, but crucially the Brewers have two games in hand on both the Gills and City. Nigel Clough’s men have taken an impressive 21 points on their travels from 11 games, and can extend their lead with a victory.
Meanwhile, the Sky Blues have taken eight wins and five draws from 13 matches at the Ricoh Arena which would make it a daunting prospect for any visiting team. After drawing with Walsall on Tuesday night, a win on Saturday would send City above Burton on goal difference -there is a lot riding on this match for both teams and others around them.
Looking to capitalise on dropped points will be Gillingham, who missed the chance to be top last Thursday after surrendering a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at Wigan. With just five wins from 13 away games, Justin Edinburgh’s men need three points to stay in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Their hosts Doncaster are 16 points behind Gillingham in second. After Rovers bowed out of the FA Cup against Premier League Stoke City last weekend, they will be put under equal pressure against one of League One’s most formidable sides.
Walsall in third are just two points off of Burton having played one more than the leaders, but one less than both Gillingham and Coventry. The Saddlers have the best away record – taking an impressive 25 points from a possible 36, only losing once in the process.
Bury stand in the way of another three points, but the Shakers have not had a good time of late, losing five of their last six league matches. Taking 19 points at home from 11 games, boss David Flitcroft has the tough job of turning his side’s fortunes around.
Unbeaten in five, Wigan are enjoying a surge of form which has taken them to within three points of the top four. The victory at Gillingham being the clear high point, the Latics have taken 25 points at home this term.
The visitors are Chesterfield, who are unbeaten in three following a string of defeats. The Spireites are on 30 points, just five above the drop, so need a result to alleviate some pressure.
Successive defeats to Shrewsbury and Coventry has left Crewe languishing at the foot of the table five points from safety.
Alexandra already seem cut off from the teams above, and their away form is not much to boast about with just 11 points collected. The Railwaymen have the chance to claw back the gap when they travel to Swindon, though. The Robins have won five of their last seven matches however, including a 4-2 victory against Southend last weekend.
Just a point better off than Crewe, Oldham are in deep trouble but have changed managers this week. David Dunn was dismissed after 20 games in charge, and the Latics have re-appointed John Sheridan as his replacement. On the pitch, Athletic are without a win in seven but have only lost once away from home.
They take on Bradford who have played the fewest games in the league so far. The Bantams have as many as three games in hand on some clubs, but they risk a fixture pile-up for later in the season. Having only played two league games since Christmas, both losses, City need a victory under their belts to have a chance of the top-six.
Two clubs living life on the edge are Shrewsbury and Barnsley, who are uncomfortably close to the relegation zone, just one and two points above it respectively. Both have a chance to make life difficult for the other with a victory.
Despite patchy league form which has seen just only one victory in the last seven, Town secured a hard-fought win against Championship side Cardiff to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup. With just three wins and 11 points taken at home, the Blues need to take inspiration from last weekend’s match and apply it to their league form.
The Tykes have been busy so far in January, bringing in Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher on loan and signing Aidy White after he was released by Rotherham. Having won their last two league matches, Lee Johnson’s men are on a high and another three points will put them clear of an immediate return to the bottom-four.
League One Fixtures
Blackpool vs Scunthorpe
Bradford vs Oldham
Bury vs Walsall
Colchester vs Sheff United
Coventry vs Burton
Doncaster vs Gillingham
Peterborough vs Southend
Rochdale vs Fleetwood
Shrewsbury vs Barnsley
Swindon vs Crewe
Wigan vs Chesterfield
Millwall vs Port Vale