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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 7 preview

11 September 2015

Sky Bet League 1 is back with a full fixture list after last weekend brought seven away wins from a reduced 10-game schedule, which also saw a goal in every match played.

With Walsall losing to Bury, Gillingham are now the only unbeaten side in the division ahead of their match against Blackpool.

Here the Sky Bet League 1 fixtures at a glance (kick-off is 3pm unless stated):

Saturday 12th September

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

Blackpool will be buoyant going into their match against the Sky Bet League 1 leading Gills after they recorded their first win since January against Scunthorpe last week.

It was also their first victory on the road since April 2014, and another result could lift them out of the bottom three in the early standings.

The only other side to record a home triumph last week was Southend United, and they will walk out at Roots Hall again on Saturday, this time welcoming fellow Sky Bet League 2 graduates Shrewsbury Town.

Read more: Southend United v Shrewsbury Town: The Sky Bet League 1 new boys

Those three points for Southend came at Peterborough United's expense, and they parted company with manager Dave Robertson after the game, following just one win from their opening six League games.  They travel to Oldham Athletic this time around with Grant McCann at the helm.

Walsall, whose loss to Bury on Matchday 6 was their first reverse of the campaign, also host a managerless club in the form of Doncaster, after Paul Dickov departed following a poor start. Rob Jones will take to the dugout for Rovers this week.

Read more: Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United back in action after managerial dismissals

Coventry City and Sheffield United continue to operate near the top of the division, and they play Scunthorpe and Bury respectively, while fifth-placed Burton Albion lock horns with Rochdale, who sit one place below them in sixth.

Wigan Athletic completed a memorable turnaround against Chesterfield last Saturday, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2, and they make the short trip to Port Vale, while the Spireites' attempt to recover sees them up against Colchester United.

Elsewhere, Barnsley welcome Swindon Town to Oakwell, while Crewe Alexandra play Millwall and Fleetwood Town clash with Bradford City.
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 have match updates from all the Sky Bet League 1 games this weekend via our divisional Twitter feed, @SkyBetLeague1.

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