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Sky Bet League 1 midweek preview

26 November 2013

Bradford City v Notts County

Bradford City host Notts County in Sky Bet League 1 on Tuesday night, buoyed by their win at the weekend.

The Bantams fought their way to a first league win in seven matches with a 3-2 success at MK Dons - a result which kept them in the top six.

Notts County lost 1-0 at Shrewsbury Town which leaves them with an away record that stands at one point from a possible 27. The Magpies have lost all five of their games, in all competitions, during November.

Brentford v Peterborough United

One point and one place separates fourth-placed Brentford and Peterborough United, who are third, going into their Sky Bet League 1 promotion clash at Griffin Park.

The Bees have won five and drawn once in the past six, including 360 minutes without conceding. Uwe Rosler's side are top of the division's form table over the last six matches.

Darren Ferguson's men sit 21st in that form table. The Posh have lost four in a row and are winless in five, scoring just one goal in that run.

Bristol City v Leyton Orient

Bristol City slipped back into the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone on Saturday ahead of their match against Leyton Orient, who returned to the top of the table.

Sheffield United ended a four-game unbeaten run for the Robins with a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate, accentuating Sean O'Driscoll's poor home form with City having won just once in nine.

The O's improved their away record with a 3-1 victory at Swindon Town on Saturday. Russell Slade has led his team to seven wins, one draw and one defeat on the road, scoring 22 goals.

Leyton Orient players celebrate Moses Odubajo's goal that sealed three points against Swindon last time out

Carlisle United v Crewe Alexandra

Carlisle United meet Crewe Alexandra at Brunton Park on Tuesday night with both teams on a five-game winless streak.

18th-placed Carlisle could jump to 14th with three points, but haven't tasted victory in three successive home league matches.

A victory for 23rd-placed Crewe, who have won just twice in their past 14 league matches, wouldn't be enough to haul them out of the Sky Bet League 1 drop zone.

Colchester United v Milton Keynes Dons

Joe Dunne's Colchester United have won just once in 15 league games and host Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday night.

The U's are the division's draw experts, with nine from 17 matches. Unsurprisingly, they drew 1-1 against Preston North End last time out.

The Dons spent the weekend losing 3-2 against Bradford, but have a promising record against the U's with five wins and a draw from their past six encounters.

Coventry City v Rotherham United

Coventry City's nine home matches this season have produced 42 goals ahead of Rotherham United's visit.

The Sky Blues succumbed to their first league defeat since 29th September when they were humiliated 5-1 by Tranmere on Saturday.

The Millers drew 0-0 at Carlisle at the weekend. Although unbeaten in three, Steve Evans has led his side to only one victory in seven outings.

Crawley Town v Swindon Town

Crawley Town and Swindon Town meet at the Broadfield Stadium for their seventh head-to-head.

The Robins, who sit seventh in the Sky Bet League 1 table, have triumphed 3-0 in three of their past four clashes against Crawley.

The Red Devils are five points back in 13th after a run of six games without winning - drawing their last two and losing the four before that.

Gillingham v Stevenage

Gillingham and Stevenage have both won three of their previous five Sky Bet League 1 matches heading into their meeting at the Priestfield Stadium.

Having gone eight games without registering a league triumph, the Gills won five of their next nine in the league, but lost 1-0 against Oldham on Saturday.

Stevenage picked up an impressive 1-0 win at Peterborough last time out, and are looking to record back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.

Port Vale v Preston North End

Port Vale take on Preston North End in the first league meeting between the two since April 1993.

Their last nine encounters have produced 36 goals with Preston's last victory at Vale Park coming in January 1986.

Vale are searching for three wins in a row for the first time this season, but North End have lost just once on the road this campaign - a 2-0 defeat at Peterborough.

Sheffield United v Walsall

Sheffield United welcome Walsall to Bramall Lane as 21st play eighth in this Sky Bet League 1 clash.

The Blades gathered just five points from their opening 11 matches, but have registered 10 points out of a possible 18 since.

Walsall sit one point outside the Play-Offs. The Saddlers have the joint-best away defensive record, level with Wolves, having conceded only five goals on the road, and drew 0-0 at Crawley on Saturday.

Shrewsbury Town v Oldham Athletic

Shrewsbury Town and Oldham Athletic are separated by one point, and they meet at Greenhous Meadow.

Wolves are the only team to beat the 14th-placed Shrews in Shropshire in the league this season, although Oldham did win 4-1 there in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in September.

Lee Johnson's men picked up their second away win of the season by beating Gillingham 1-0 on Saturday and a first since the opening day, but have triumphed at Wolves and Preston in cup competitions, on top of that aforementioned victory against the Shrews.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers meet for their first league battle in 13 seasons.

Kenny Jackett saw his side knocked off their League 1 perch at the weekend after a 0-0 home draw against Brentford. Walsall and Coventry are the only other teams to come away from Molineux with points this season.

Rovers leaped out of the relegation zone on Saturday courtesy of a stunning 5-1 win at Coventry. Prior to that, the Birkenhead club had only scored six goals in eight away matches.

Ryan Lowe celebrates scoring his third - Tranmere's fourth - against Coventry City last Saturday

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