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Sky Bet League 1 midweek preview

28 January 2014

Bradford City v Preston North End

Bradford City edge the head-to-head record against Preston North End and the two clubs meet at Valley Parade in Sky Bet League 1 on Tuesday night.

The Bantams have won 21 compared to Preston's 20, with 20 draws also recorded. The reverse fixture in October ended 2-2 and that is one of Bradford's 12 draws this season, the joint-most in the division alongside Bristol City. They are 13th and without a win in nine league attempts.

Simon Grayson's visitors are fourth and have the joint-tightest away defence with 11 goals conceded in 13 games. They've won eight, drawn three and lost twice in those matches, the second best travelling record in the division.

Brentford v Bristol City

Bristol City have only won once on the road all campaign and they make the trip to face table-toppers Brentford.

City remain 23rd after a 3-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, while Mark Warburton's hosts recovered first place from Leyton Orient with a 2-1 success at home to Gillingham on Friday.

That was the Bees' eighth consecutive home win, but the Robins have won three and drawn once in their past four visits to Griffin Park.

Carlisle United v Milton Keynes Dons

Carlisle United and Milton Keynes Dons will do battle for the 12th time in the past six seasons when they meet at Brunton Park in Sky Bet League 1.

Their previous 11 meetings have manufactured 43 goals, with Carlisle registering half a dozen wins compared to the Dons' four.

The Cumbrians have lost five of their past six, including their most recent three, to lie 19th, one point above the drop zone. Karl Robinson's men aren't in great form with one win in five and they are 10th.

Colchester United v Shrewsbury Town

Colchester United have climbed up the League 1 table in recent weeks and they host Shrewsbury Town, who have been plummeting down the standings.

At Christmas the Shrews were the higher-placed side by five points, but six defeats in their past seven, including their most recent four, has seen them slip into the relegation zone and lose manager Graham Turner. Michael Jackson remains in temporary charge.

Colchester have won five in their past nine since to rise to 12th, eight points clear of their Tuesday opponents. They're on a two-match winning streak, having scored seven goals in victories against Gillingham and Carlisle.

Leyton Orient v Coventry City

Leyton Orient are second and trail leaders Brentford by two points ahead of the visit of Coventry City to the Matchroom Stadium.

The O's have recently overtaken the Sky Blues as League 1's top scorers with 56 strikes compared to 55. Russell Slade's Londoners are on a three-game winning streak after victories against Shrewsbury, Carlisle and Crewe.

They are unbeaten in five, as are Steven Pressley's team who haven't tasted defeat since before Christmas. Two wins and three draws in those matches has seen them rise to 11th.

Oldham Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Oldham Athletic pulled off a stunning comeback against Peterborough United on Saturday, and their next assignment is a home tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Latics were 3-0 behind at Boundary Park at the weekend but won 5-4 to record a second straight home win. Wolves saw off Bristol City 3-1 and sit second, two points behind the automatic promotion places.

This will be the fourth meeting between these two clubs during the 2013/14 season after clashing in the FA Cup. So far, there has been one win apiece and a draw.

Port Vale v Crawley Town

Port Vale are ninth in Sky Bet League 1 and host 15th-placed Crawley Town at Vale Park.

Micky Adams' hosts have won their past three home league matches, keeping two clean sheets in the process, but were beaten by Sky Bet Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Crawley, meanwhile, drew 2-2 at Rotherham United in the league - their second successive 2-2 result and their sixth stalemate in 10 fixtures.

Sheffield United v Peterborough United

After their FA Cup tie on Sunday, Sheffield United aren't in action until Wednesday night when they host Peterborough United.

The Blades are the lowest ranked side left in the competition having held Premier League side Fulham to a 1-1 draw to force a replay. However, Nigel Clough's team are winless in three League 1 games.

Posh suffered that 5-4 defeat at Oldham on Saturday and have just one point in eight away league games. They have never won at Bramall Lane and have lost five out of eight clashes with the Yorkshiremen, failing to score in five of those games.

Chris Porter celebrates scoring Sheffield United's goal against Fulham in the FA Cup with team-mate Harry Maguire

Tranmere Rovers v Rotherham United

Tranmere Rovers have the second-worst home record, and they welcome Rotherham United to Prenton Park.

Ronnie Moore's squad have 14 points from 13 matches, winning three, drawing five and losing five. That fifth victory in front of their own fans came on Saturday courtesy of a 1-0 success over Crewe. Those three points catapulted the Birkenhead outfit from 22nd to 17th.

Rotherham are fifth, on 45 points, and in the Play-Offs courtesy of goal difference. They are the division's third best travellers winning five of their past six on the road.

Walsall v Swindon Town

Walsall are also on 45 points and lie sixth ahead of the visit of eighth-placed Swindon Town.

The Saddlers thrashed Notts County 5-1 on Saturday to make it six unbeaten in a run of alternating draws and wins. Swindon were also victorious, 3-1 at home to Shrewsbury, but have taken only two points from their most recent six away games.

Walsall won the reverse fixture in October 3-1, however the Robins have picked up all three points on their last two trips to the Banks's Stadium.

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