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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 22 preview

18 December 2015

Sky Bet League 1 returns this weekend with not one, not two, but three days' worth of action!

Southend United play Bury on Friday night before a busy Saturday schedule, and the weekend concludes with Walsall versus Port Vale - the final match of Sky Sports' #10in10 coverage.

A full list of the weekend's League 1 fixtures are below - kick-off is 3pm unless stated:

Friday 18th December 2015

Southend United v Bury (7:45pm)

Saturday 19th December 2015

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

Sunday 20th December 2015

Walsall v Port Vale (#10in10 live on Sky Sports - 12:00 pm)

Southend and Bury came up from Sky Bet League 2 last season and have made strong starts to life in the division above. Both sit just outside the Play-Off places ahead of Friday's meeting, which is notoriously a tight affair.

League 1 leaders Burton Albion started life without Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink emphatically last weekend, with a 3-0 win at fellow promotion-chasers Gillingham. This weekend, they're back at the Pirelli Stadium, and so is Nigel Clough - the club legend begins his second spell as Brewers' boss against Doncaster Rovers.

The Gills face another tough test this weekend, away at Millwall, while second-placed Coventry City host Oldham Athletic. Those sides are split by Walsall, who take on Port Vale on Sunday lunchtime on the final day of #10in10.

Barnsley and Wigan Athletic face off just a fortnight after the Tykes won a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Semi-Final between the two, and Fleetwood - who Lee Johnson's men will meet in the Northern Area Final - visit bottom club Crewe Alexandra.

Peterborough United are five unbeaten and visit Blackpool, who have won their last two, and there's a return to familiar territory for Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins - he takes his Blades to Scunthorpe United, where he spent 14 years as physiotherapist and manager.

Elsewhere, Chesterfield play Bradford City, Rochdale take on Colchester United, and Shrewsbury Town welcome Swindon Town to Greenhous Meadow.

Match official appointments

The match official appointments for Football League fixtures over the festive period were announced earlier this week.

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

Don't miss it!

In addition to Sky Sports' coverage, we'll be providing updates from every game on our divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague1.

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