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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 21 preview

11 December 2015

After a 10-day absence, Sky Bet League 1 is back this weekend with a full schedule spread across two days.

The division resumes with just three points covering the top four sides, and the same amount blanketing the bottom seven.

Here are the Sky Bet League 1 Matchday 21 fixtures in full (kick-off is 3pm unless stated):

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

Sunday 13th December

Sheffield United v Coventry City (12pm – live on Sky Sports)

Two clubs in those top-four places will go head-to-head, as fourth-placed Gillingham host leaders Burton Albion.

After a defeat, a win and a draw in their last three, the Gills trail the Brewers by three points, but could still top the standings come Saturday evening with victory. Visiting Burton have lost manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to Queens Park Rangers since their last outing, and have replaced him with a former player and coach, Nigel Clough.

Read more: Top of the table – a familiar sight for Nigel Clough's Burton Albion

Walsall have also seen their manager depart recently, but they remain hot on the heels of the leaders in third place. The Saddlers go to Fleetwood Town, who reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area Final in midweek.

Read more: Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final review

Wigan Athletic's only loss in their last 10 games has come at the hands of Burton, but the Latics also fell to Barnsley in the Trophy last week, and now face Blackpool at the DW Stadium in a bid to get back to winning ways.

Just behind them and flying are Peterborough United, who've won in each of their last four outings, and netted 14 goals in the process. They're at home to Shrewsbury Town this weekend, a side Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month Graham Westley is familiar with, having faced them twice as manager of Stevenage last term.

Read more: Sky Bet Football League - November award winners

Barnsley may be just two games away from a trip to Wembley Stadium following their Trophy victory at Wigan, but they remain off the pace on League duties. The Tykes sit bottom of the pile on 18 points, and face another struggling side in the form of Colchester United.

Crewe Alexandra remain among the relegation places, despite back-to-back wins, and they visit Doncaster Rovers on Matchday 19 - a side who have put a little breathing space between themselves and the drop zone of late.

Seventh and eighth-placed Millwall and Southend, who met in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek, are both on the road, to Oldham Athletic and Bradford City. The former pair, and Bradford, are locked on 31 points just outside the Play-Off places.

Elsewhere, the rejuvenated Swindon Town host Rochdale, Port Vale welcome Scunthorpe United and Bury face a managerless Chesterfield side on a run of four straight defeats.

On Sunday, second-placed Coventry City go toe-to-toe with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane - a game being screened live on Sky Sports as part of The Football League's #10in10 coverage.

Read more: #10in10 gets under way this Friday on Sky Sports

Match officials

The match official appointments for this weekend's Sky Bet League 1 fixtures were announced earlier this week.

Click here to see the match officials on Sky Bet League 1 duty this weekend

Don't miss it!

Follow all the Sky Bet League 1 games live on our divisional Twitter feed this weekend, via @SkyBetLeague1.

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