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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 30 Preview

5 February 2016

There is a full schedule in Sky Bet League 1 on Matchday 30, with Walsall having the opportunity to go top following their midweek win over Doncaster Rovers.

The Saddlers jumped to second in the table on Tuesday evening, taking full advantage of their games in hand to go just a point shy of leaders Burton Albion.

Here's a full list of the fixtures taking place in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend - all are 3pm kick-offs unless stated otherwise:

Saturday 6th February

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

Sunday 7th February

Port Vale v Coventry City (2pm)
Barnsley v Bury
Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town

All eyes will be at the top of pile where Burton welcome Bradford City to the Pirelli Stadium.

Nigel Clough's men will remain at the summit with victory but Bradford have promotion aspirations of their own and an upset could see the Bantams move closer to the top six.

Millwall currently occupy the final Play-Off place - they travel to Walsall with both clubs unbeaten in their last four outings in Sky Bet League 1.

Gillingham are the nearest challengers for an automatic promotion place and they welcome Swindon to Priestfield, who are without a win in three.

Wigan Athletic have the chance to extend their unbeaten run to nine games when they travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United. The Blades are currently ninth in the league table and are still searching for their first home win of 2016, while the team directly below them, Peterborough, travel to Chesterfield.

Read more: In-form Wigan aiming for nine unbeaten in Sky Bet League 1

Elsewhere on Saturday, bottom club Colchester take on Southend at Roots Hall in an Essex derby, with the visitors currently propping the division and in need of points to catch their fellow strugglers.

Two teams the U's can catch this weekend are Crewe and Oldham, who host Rochdale and Blackpool respectively, while Scunthorpe play Doncaster to complete Saturday's line-up.

Three games are due to take place on Sunday with in-form Barnsley welcoming Bury to Oakwell.

Lee Johnson's side have won six successive league games and reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final with a penalty shoot-out success over Fleetwood Town. That form saw the Tykes collect a double for January.

Read more: Barnsley striker Sam Winnall named Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month

Read more: Barnsley boss Lee Johnson named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month

Out-of-form Coventry City are also in action and take on Port Vale - incidentally the last side they beat, when the clubs clashed at the Ricoh Arena back on Boxing Day.

There's also a huge game at the bottom of the table, where Fleetwood entertain Shrewsbury. The hosts will escape the bottom four and be replaced by the Shrews if they can claim maximum points.

Match Official Appointments

The match official appointments for all the weekend's Sky Bet League 1 fixtures were announced earlier this week.

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

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