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Sky Bet League 1 weekend preview

5 September 2014

Friday 5th September - 7:45pm kick-off

Coventry City v Gillingham

The Sky Blues: Return to the Ricoh Arena for the first time since April 2013, looking to build on their victory over Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. New arrivals Seb Hines and Frank Nouble could play a part after they completed loan switches until January.

The Gills: Sit one point ahead of their opponents following a mixed start to the season that has seen them win two, lose two and draw one. Defeated Stevenage 1-0 in the First Round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek.

In front of the cameras: Coventry's return to their home ground will be shown live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 6th September

Bradford City v Yeovil Town

Bantams: Three wins from their opening five fixtures sees Bradford sitting in the Play-Off places, but they were dealt a blow earlier in the week after a late Oldham strike knocked them out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The Glovers: Yeovil, on the contrary, have struggled so far this season, winning just once in Sky Bet League 1. Jack Price could make his debut after the club secured him on an emergency loan deal from Wolves.

Glad to be away: Yeovil will be pleased to be on the road - they've played five games at their Huish Park home this season and are yet to win.

Bristol City v Scunthorpe United

The Robins: Just a point off the top of the table, Bristol City are one of only three teams that are yet to lose a game in Sky Bet League 1 this season. Defensively solid, they are yet to concede more than once in a game to date.

Read manager Steve Cotterill's thoughts ahead of the Scunthorpe match by clicking here

The Iron: Scunthorpe sit in the relegation places having won just one game from their opening five. That victory came last weekend as they defeated fellow strugglers' Walsall.

Great recovery: Bristol City have claimed the most points (six) in Sky Bet League 1 this season when conceding first.

Crawley Town v Rochdale

The Reds: Have endured a mixed start to the campaign, winning twice and losing three times in their first five. The arrival of Jamie Ashdown from Leeds United is set to spark fierce competition for a place in goal with veteran Brian Jensen.

Dale: Rochdale enjoyed a similarly tough time last month, winning just once in the league. Matt Done has shone for Dale, scoring three times to keep them just above the relegation places.

New faces: This will be the first ever meeting between Crawley and Rochdale.

Oldham Athletic v Fleetwood Town

The Latics: Despite winning just once in Sky Bet League 1 this season, Oldham can draw positives from the performances of Jonathan Forte, who is the league's joint-top scorer with four goals in his last five games.

The Cod Army: Have taken 11 points from a possible 15 to occupy an automatic promotion space in the table. Unbeaten in the league, they will be looking to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat to Morecambe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek.

Read manager Lee Johnson's thoughts ahead of the game against Fleetwood Town by clicking here

Nice to meet you: Like Crawley against Rochdale this weekend, Oldham and Fleetwood are also meeting for the first time ever.

Peterborough United v Port Vale

Posh: Four wins from five has seen Peterborough rise to the top of Sky Bet League 1. Manager Darren Ferguson took the Manager of the Month award for the division following his sides impressive start.

The Valiants: Port Vale are yet to enjoy a run of form like their opponents, winning just once this season. Have recruited striking duo Jordan Slew and Achille Campion in the last seven days to help boost their form in front of goal, although Campion won't be involved at the weekend because he is recovering from injury.

Goals expected: Only one of the last 12 games between the two sides has ended 0-0, with over 30 goals being exchanged between the two teams.

Walsall v Colchester United

The Saddlers: Yet to record a win in Sky Bet League 1 this season, Dean Smith's Walsall side sit in the relegation places after just five games. Only their weekend opponents and Crewe Alexandra sit below them in the table.

The U's: Colchester have taken just one point from a possible 15 in the league, conceding an average of two goals per game. Tony Humes will take charge for the first time this weekend, following the departure of Joe Dunne on Monday.

Early trouble: Both sides will be keen to register victory after finding themselves relegation-threatened early in the season.


All games are 3pm kick-offs unless stated.

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