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Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 36 preview

11 March 2016

There's plenty to look forward to in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend with all 24 teams in action on Matchday 36, including a Yorkshire derby at Valley Parade.

Bradford City, only outside the Play-Offs by virtue of an inferior goal difference, entertain a Doncaster Rovers side who are without a win in 10 league matches.

Darren Ferguson's Rovers could find themselves in the relegation zone by close of play of they fail to win and other results go against them.

Here's a full list of Sky Bet League 1 fixtures to be played on Matchday 36, all getting under way at 3pm:

Saturday 12th March

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

Blackpool and Oldham are two sides who could escape the clutches of the bottom four this weekend, with the former hosting Coventry City, who have lost four on the bounce. Oldham are unbeaten in seven, and face a trip to Sheffield United.

League leaders Burton are at home to Fleetwood while second-placed Wigan host bottom club Colchester. The Latics are 14 games unbeaten, and February's form saw Gary Caldwell pick up the Manager of the Month award.

Read more: Gary Caldwell named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for February

Jon Whitney makes his dugout debut as caretaker boss of Walsall when they travel to Chesterfield on Saturday. The Saddlers' six-game winless run saw them part ways with Sean O'Driscoll earlier this week. Gillingham, who sit above Walsall on goal difference, welcome struggling Crewe, but the Railwaymen have won four of their last five visits to Priestfield.

Millwall, unbeaten in four, make the journey west to Swindon, who earlier this week announced that Luke Williams has agreed to become head coach on a full-time basis, signing a five-year contract. The Robins are unbeaten in five, winning their last four in a row, but come up against February's Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month - Lions goalkeeper Jordan Archer.

Read more: Jordan Archer picks up Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Month for February

Barnsley's remarkable run has seen them climb into the Play-Off positions and they take on Southend at Oakwell, who themselves remain in the hunt for a top-six finish.

Elsewhere, Peterborough United, who broke a five-game losing streak last weekend, play Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town lock horns with Scunthorpe United, and Rochdale host Bury in the M66 derby.

Match Official Appointments

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

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