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Sky Bet League One: Matchday 21 preview

9 December 2016

Robbie Neilson makes his Sky Bet League One managerial bow this weekend, getting Matchday 21 started in a 1pm kick-off at stadiummk.

The new Milton Keynes Dons boss' first task is a maiden EFL meeting with AFC Wimbledon, and the struggling hosts are still seeking a first home triumph this season.

Table-topping Scunthorpe United visit Rochdale, while chasers Sheffield United and Bradford City – who are third and fourth respectively – are both at home, to Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic.

Shrewsbury Town, Oldham Athletic, Chesterfield and Coventry City make up the bottom four, and they all face tests on the road, while the action will be wrapped up on Monday night when second-placed Bolton Wanderers take on Gillingham as part of Sky Sports' #10in10 coverage.

Sky Bet League One Matchday 21 fixtures (3pm kick-off unless stated):

Saturday 10th December 2016

Bradford City v Charlton Athletic
Bristol Rovers v Bury
Fleetwood Town v Walsall
Millwall v Shrewsbury Town
Milton Keynes Dons v AFC Wimbledon (1pm)
Oxford United v Oldham Athletic
Peterborough United v Chesterfield
Port Vale v Northampton Town
Rochdale v Scunthorpe United
Sheffield United v Swindon Town
Southend United v Coventry City

Monday 12th December 2016

Bolton Wanderers v Gillingham (8pm - live on Sky Sports)

Referees: Click here to see the match officials on duty

Five facts

1. The last time Bradford and Charlton met was in 2000/01, when the clubs were in the top flight. The host of the fixture won 2-0 on both occasions, and current Bantams boss Stuart McCall played in both.

2. Fleetwood are yet to get the better of Walsall in seven previous meetings. The Saddlers have won six of those, including all four EFL encounters.

3. Rochdale and Scunthorpe is the most common fixture on the Matchday 21 schedule. There have been 96 meetings since the first in 1931, and Dale lead the head-to-head 39-33, with 24 games finishing all-square.

4. Shrewsbury's last success against Millwall came in 1976, with 11 fixtures taking place since. The Lions have won eight of those, including all six at the Den.

5. Southend and Coventry are tied at 18 wins apiece, with 12 draws, ahead of this weekend's 49th meeting. There are usually goals too - the last 13 games have produced 51 goals at just under four per game.

From the dugout

Social media

ICYMI: Rovers to help the hungry and homeless this Christmas but we need your help.

— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) December 8, 2016

RN: "The key for us is winning football matches at Stadium MK" - Robbie Neilson ahead of his home debut:

— MK Dons FC (@MKDonsFC) December 9, 2016

Neal welcomed in @BBCSport cameras and @MarkClemmit into his office today as part of filming for Football Focus on Saturday.

— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) December 8, 2016

🗓 #OnThisDay: A round-up of past Iron results and scorers from December 9 -

— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial) December 9, 2016

Back to it Saturday... ⚽️

— Lawrence Vigouroux (@LawrenceV93) December 8, 2016

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