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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 25 preview

31 December 2015

Burton Albion were the stand-out team in The Football League during 2015, and they start the new year with a game against Blackpool.

In our 2015 stats round-up, the Brewers topped the table for the most wins, triumphing on 33 occasions, and they will be aiming to start 2016 in style at home to the Tangerines.

Read more: 2015 - The Football League year statistics

Here’s a look at all the Sky Bet League 1 Matchday 25 fixtures, which all kick-off at 3pm:

Saturday 2nd January

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

The Brewers sit second going into the weekend, level on points with table topping Walsall, and face a Blackpool side who are 18th and only two points above the relegation zone.

The leaders Walsall have won their last five matches and host mid-table Rochdale, while third-placed Gillingham entertain Bradford City after three victories on the spin.

Colchester United prop up the division following a dismal run of nine successive defeats and visit Oldham, who sit alongside them in the bottom four.

Crewe Alexandra and Fleetwood are the other two teams in the drop zone and they welcome Coventry City and Bury to their respective homes.

It was announced on Tuesday that Martin Ling had departed Swindon Town and the Robins visit Port Vale, who ended a run of four winless games by seeing off Bury 1-0 last time out.

Match official appointments

The match official appointments for the first Football League fixtures of 2016 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!

Follow coverage of the first Sky Bet League 1 games of 2016 this weekend, via our divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague1.

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