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Sky Bet League 1 midweek preview

10 February 2015

We look ahead to the midweek action in Sky Bet League 1.

TOP-SIX TUSSLE

Chesterfield v Preston North End


It’s fourth against fifth in Sky Bet League 1 tonight as Preston North End visit the Proact Stadium to take on Chesterfield.

The Lilywhites are fourth and ended their run of five games without a win by beating Coventry 1-0 last time out. That maintained their healthy eight-point lead over the Spireites, who sit fifth.

Paul Cook’s men have climbed into that position after a run of only one defeat in eight, with five wins amongst that spell including last time out against Notts County.

Caolan Lavery scored the only goal of the game on his debut against the Magpies and he is set to lead the line against North End, as Cook's side aim to stave off the threat posed by the chasing pack.

It's a tough assignment for the Spireites, though, as the promotion-chasing Lilywhites have won half of their 14 away games, but Chesterfield have been successful in seven of their 14 matches at the Proact.

The reverse fixture between these two was a six-goal thriller which saw Chesterfield come from three goals down to draw 3-3, courtesy of a Eoin Doyle hat-trick.

The result, which was the third successive draw between these two, took Preston's unbeaten run against the Spireites to six games, stretching back to September 1999.



DUGOUT DEBUT

Peterborough United v Gillingham


Justin Edinburgh was appointed as the new Gillingham boss on Saturday and his first task is a trip to Peterborough United.

Edinburgh joined the Kent club at the weekend after leaving Newport County and he watched from the stands as the Gills beat Sheffield United 2-0 to make it three wins from an unbeaten run of four games.



Those positive results have lifted them out of danger at the foot of the Sky Bet League 1 table and, with a new manager at the helm, they can now look up with only six points between them and the Play-Offs.

If the Gills are to make a late assault on the top six, Edinburgh will have to improve the club’s away form as they’ve won just twice in 14 games on the road this term.

Away day struggles: Gillingham’s poor form away from home has seen them take just 10 points from a possible 42. Only Crawley have collected less points on the road this season in Sky Bet League 1.

The gap to the top six is only three points for Peterborough, meanwhile, so a victory on Tuesday could see them in the Play-Offs, although they’d need other results to go their way.

The Posh go into this match after hitting some form, too, having collected back-to-back wins before a 1-1 draw at Fleetwood on Saturday.

But it was Gillingham who triumphed in the reverse fixture between these two, taking a 2-1 success in mid-September with Cody McDonald bagging a brace. That result means the league head-to-head record currently stands at 10 wins apiece, alongside 15 draws.

PROPPING UP THE PACK

Leyton Orient v Notts County


Leyton Orient slipped to the foot of the Sky Bet League 1 table at the weekend and they host Notts County.

The O's - Play-Off Finalists last year – have lost three of four, including their most recent two, but weren't in action last Saturday as their game with Rochdale was postponed.

And their inactivity saw them drop to the bottom of the standings as Yeovil Town overcame Crawley Town.

A victory against County could move Orient up three places if results go their way, but they possess the division's worst home record so far with only two wins in 13 and just nine points collected in that period.

Not to mention the fact the Magpies have travelled relatively well, losing only three of 14 trips, but they are out of form having lost their last three on the spin.

In all, Shaun Derry's men have won just once in 12, which will give Orient confidence, and the hosts are unbeaten in five meetings against County with the reverse fixture ending level at 1-1.

AROUND THE GROUNDS

After Milton Keynes Dons' defeat to Bradford City on Tuesday, Bristol City and Swindon Town have the chance to pull away at the top when they face Port Vale and Oldham Athletic respectively.

The Robins are undefeated in six, winning five, while their opponents Vale have only one victory in five, losing three of those.

The other Robins, second-placed Swindon, got back to winning ways on Saturday by seeing off Barnsley 2-0, after a stutter at Sheffield United the week before,

Oldham welcome Mark Cooper's men to Boundary Park having overcome Scunthorpe 1-0 last time out. The Latics sit on the cusp of the Play-Offs in eighth, but a win would see them overtake the Bantams and move into the top six.

Sheffield United could also move into the Play-Offs on Tuesday and they take on Colchester United, who are three points from safety at the foot of the division.

The Blades have lost three of five to drop to eighth but are unbeaten in 10 against relegation-threatened Colchester, going back to January 2006.

Familiar face: Colchester striker Chris Porter faces his former club for the first time this evening after joining the U's from the Blades in January.

Rochdale and Fleetwood picked up score draws last time out to stay in touching distance of the top six ahead of their respective meetings with Walsall and Barnsley.

Walsall have two victories from three and are only a point behind Dale, while 15th-placed Barnsley take on Fleetwood for only the second time in history, after the first clash ended goalless.

Just the one: Fleetwood have only shared the spoils once on the road this term, winning five and losing eight of their other 13 away games.

Elsewhere, Coventry have slipped to 20th after no win in five and host Scunthorpe United, who are only two points in front of them.

Crawley Town are another struggling side, currently sitting in the relegation zone, and host mid-table Doncaster, with Rovers seeing their undefeated run of seven games coming to an end last time out.

Yeovil sit one place above Crawley after their 2-1 victory against the Reds on Saturday, ahead of their midweek clash with Crewe Alexandra.

The Alex are 19th, four points above the 22nd-placed Glovers, which highlights the significance of the fixture.

SKY BET LEAGUE 1 MIDWEEK FIXTURES

Tuesday 10th February 2015


Barnsley v Fleetwood Town
Bristol City v Port Vale
Chesterfield v Preston North End
Coventry City v Scunthorpe United
Crawley Town v Doncaster Rovers
Crewe Alexandra v Yeovil Town
Leyton Orient v Notts County
Oldham Athletic v Swindon Town
Peterborough United v Gillingham
Sheffield United v Colchester United
Walsall v Rochdale

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