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League One Preview: Tuesday 16th February

There are 6 fixtures tomorrow night in Sky Bet League one, with clubs starting to get the chance to play their games in hand and stick valuable points on the board before the full fixture set comes around again at the weekend.

The pick of the midweek ties arguably comes in a relegation battle, as Chesterfield travel to bottom of the table Colchester United. The U’s were humbled 4-1 at home to Swindon Town at the weekend, while Chesterfield dropped in to the bottom four after a 1-0 defeat at table topping Burton Albion. A win for Colchester will put them right back in the mix and leave them only 5 points from safety, while a win for Chesterfield would move them 11 points ahead of the U’s and surely condemn them to League Two next season barring a miracle.

Further up the table, both Scunthorpe United and Bradford City will be hoping to build on wins at the weekend and put themselves in contention for a play off place. The Iron take on 6th place Millwall, and will enter the fixture knowing it is a must win if they are to make the top 6. A a win for Millwall however will pull them 12 points clear of their opponents, and surely end any faint play off hopes they have.

Bradford meanwhile hammered Peterborough United away from home, and a win over fellow play off hopefuls Southend at Valley Parade will move them to within 3 points of 6th – depending on other results.

Sheffield United travel to Bury for their second successive away game, and will be hoping for a repeat of their marginal 1-0 victory over local rivals Doncaster Rovers at the weekend. The Blades will hope to have top scorer Billy Sharp back in the 11 after he missed the weekend trip with injury.

Blackpool take on Oldham, which again will have implications at the bottom of the table. Oldham will see it as a must win if they are to survive, while Blackpool will know a win will give them a nice cushion over the bottom four as we approach the final 15 fixtures of the season.

Finally, mid table Rochdale host relegation threatened Crewe Alexandra at Spotland. Crewe will take heart from a well earned draw with high flying Walsall at the weekend, and will be hoping to go one better against Keith Hill and his side.

League One fans, how do you think your club will go on during midweek? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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