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Preview: League One fixtures

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The League One fixture list serves up a few tasty looking ties this weekend with vital points on the line in both the promotion and relegation battles.

Things get under way tonight, with a Friday night game for local rivals Burton Albion and Chesterfield. It is a clash of two ex Sheffield United managers, as Nigel Clough and Danny Wilson go head to head. Burton will be looking to put themselves 7 points clear at the top, while the Spireites will be looking to get themselves clear of any relegation danger.

Another derby game takes place, as South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers meet at the Keepmoat Stadium, with many of the belief it is a must win for Nigel Adkins and the Blades.

Two in form teams meet in Gillingham and Barnsley. The Tykes are on a 7 match winning run in the league, and a win away at the promotion chasing Gills can propel them further towards a top 6 finish.

At the bottom of the table Blackpool meet Shrewsbury in what could be a vital game in the fight for survival. The Shrews are hovering one place and 1 point above the relegation zone, and a win would put them on level points with their opponents, and drag more teams in to the mix.

Colchester are rock bottom, and take on Swindon Town at home as they look to close the gap to 5th bottom, while Crewe Alexandra will be looking to pull a shock off and defeat high flying Walsall.

Scunthorpe United meet 7th place Southend, knowing a win could well put them back in contention for the play offs, while defeat may well spell the end of that dream. In form Millwall travel to Rochdale, while Wigan Athletic can move in to the top 2 with a victory over local rivals Oldham at the DW Stadium.

A win for Port Vale over Fleetwood can take them into a top 6 place, while Coventry will look to cement their own top 6 placing with a win over Bury.

Finally, Peterborough take on Bradford City. A win for the Posh can put them in to the play off places, while Bradford can draw level on points with them should they pull off the away win.

There are still plenty of points to play for this season, and plenty up for grabs. Now is the time to act if any club is to go on a run of results which will ultimately change their season.

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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