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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 5 preview

28 August 2015

Walsall have hit form in the early stages of the Sky Bet League 1 season and visit an out-of-form Blackpool in Matchday 5.

The Saddlers' game at Bloomfield Road is one of 11 Sky Bet League 1 matches kicking-off at 3pm on Saturday, with Coventry City and Southend United locking horns on Bank Holiday Monday.

Here's a full look at the Matchday 5 fixture list:

Saturday 29th August

Blackpool v Walsall
Bradford City v Port Vale
Bury v Oldham Athletic
Colchester United v Scunthorpe United
Doncaster Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Millwall v Chesterfield
Peterborough United v Gillingham
Rochdale v Barnsley
Shrewsbury Town v Burton Albion
Swindon Town v Sheffield United
Wigan Athletic v Crewe Alexandra

Monday 31st August

Coventry City v Southend United (7.45pm)

Dean Smith's Walsall are one of five teams yet to lose in Sky Bet League 1 in 2015/16 and they have picked up five successive victories in all competitions, seeing off Southend United, Rochdale and Coventry City in the league, and Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion in the Capital One Cup.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 2 review

Their weekend opponents Blackpool prop up the League 1 standings and have lost their most recent three outings, to Rochdale, Burton Albion and Sheffield United, following an opening-day draw at Colchester United.

Read more: Winning Walsall face out-of-form Blackpool in Sky Bet League 1

Gillingham are the League 1 table-toppers owing to their superior goal difference over the Saddlers – Justin Edinburgh's side visit Peterborough United on Saturday.

Swindon Town are another undefeated side so far, with two wins and two draws, and they have a reunion with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, following their thrilling Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off semi-final encounter last term.

Read more: Swindon Town and Sheffield United face first meeting since pulsating Play-Off

Port Vale and Oldham Athletic are the two other teams yet to taste defeat this season and they both face teams who are yet to win, in Bradford City and Bury respectively.

The Sky Bet League 1 action is wrapped up on Monday night when Tony Mowbray's Coventry host Phil Brown's Southend. The Sky Blues had notched three wins on the spin prior to last week's defeat to Walsall, while Southend are awaiting their first three-point haul following their return to the division.

Match Official Appointments

The officials appointed to this weekend's Football League matches were announced earlier this week.

Click here to see which officials are on duty in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend

Don't miss it!

We'll be providing match updates on all the Sky Bet League 1 action over the weekend on Twitter via @SkyBetLeague1.


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