Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the Sky Bet League One this weekend, due to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area finals mid-week there are only 10 games on Saturday with 2 being played on Sunday afternoon.
Barnsley v Port Vale
Barnsley come into the game at Oakwell struggling in form and sitting 19th in the league table, just 2 points above the drop zone, and will be without star man Sam Winall through injury. However there is a welcomed boost for the Tykes as Crane and Rammage are both deemed fit to return to the squad.
As for Vale, they expect star striker and last seasons top goal scorer Tom Pope to start for the first time in 3 months after injury, this is a huge boost for Vale who have been lacking lately in the goals department.
This should be a close fought game but the return of Pope may just be the difference.
Bradford v Colchester
After their heroics last week in their shock 4-2 victory over Chelsea, Bradford now turn their heads to the league in attempt to push for the play off places. With no new injury news it is expected manager Phil Parkinson to name an unchanged side.
Colchester have had a real contrast in form recently to Bradford, they currently occupy a spot in the relegation zone and aren’t helped by the suspension of Hewitt and injury of Alex Gilby.
Its not hard to see who the favourite is here, and you would expect Bradford to finish comfortable victors.
Chesterfield v Doncaster
Chesterfield come into the game in great form and sat 5th in the table despite only recently being promoted from League 2. Home fans can expect to see debutante and new signing Byron Harrison feature today, however its no doubt all eyes will be on whether or not top scorer Eoin Doyle starts after he was linked with a move away from the Spireites this week.
Doncaster fans may also be treated to a debutante today, mid week loan signing Uche Ikpeazu could make his first start for the club, however they will still be without club captain Dean Furman as he is still away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations with South Africa.
Chesterfield are the clear favourites for this one but Doncaster could cause a stir and take a point if their defence holds strong.
Coventry v Rochdale
Somewhat surprisingly Coventry have been in poor form recently sitting only three points above the relegation zone. Their hopes may be boosted though by the new signing of Dominic Samuel who is expected to make his league debut today.
Rochdale in contrast have been in great from recently in the league and sit comfortably in the play off positions, they were however in action on Monday night in the FA cup so fatigue may be a factor in this one, However new signing Fabian Brandy is expected to feature after being cup tied last week.
Due to their impressive away form Rochdale should be expected to win this one however it is not yet clear how the FA cup defeat to Stoke will affect Keith Hill’s side.
Crawley v Preston
Crawley have had no luck recently and find themselves at the foot of the league one table, and things don’t look too much better ahead of Saturdays game as both Henderson and Simpson have been ruled out through injury.
In contrast Preston have been in great form in the league recently, however did fall to defeat on aggregate mid week in the JPT Northern final to Walsall. They do however expect signings Johnson and Johnston to start after being ineligible mid week.
This one should be a comfortable one for the visitors if they can shake off the mid week defeat early on.
Crewe v MK Dons
Crewe come into the game in 20th pace, just above the relegation zone but could see new loanee goalkeeper Ross Etheridge start in goal on Saturday, hoping to dry up the goals conceded.
MK Dons begin the game in 3rd place and playing brilliantly in the league, they will however be without Reeves who is not yet fit, but could see Devante Cole come into the squad.
Again this looks to be a simple one for the away side but going to Crewe is never easy so they will have to be on top form.
Leyton Orient v Scunthorpe
Both Cox and Cuthbert face late fitness tests for Orient who have struggled this year with injuries to key players, contributing to their poor league form.
Scunthorpe however have no new injury news and come into the game in great form on the back of just one defeat in their last 9 games.
This one should be a close one, but I wouldn’t bet against Scunthorpe with the form they are in.
Oldham v Notts County
Oldham are still unsure of the fitness of top scorer Jonathon Forte who could be crucial if they are going to make a late push for the play offs, they will however have new signing Jake kean available for selection after his move from Blackburn on Friday.
Notts County sit 4 places ahead of their opponents today but by just one single point. The visitors should see both noble and Thomas return to the side as well as loan signing Woolley.
This one will be very hard to call and could come down to which goalkeeper is in better form on Saturday.
Peterborough v Yeovil
Peterborough will have new season long loan signing Aaron Mclean in the side today hoping to recover his goal scoring form shown in previous years, they will however be without Alnwick, Taylor and Baldwin for the game.
Yeovil keeper Jed Steer will be playing in the last game of his loan deal ohm Saturday. The side sat second bottom of League one continue to have no luck with injuries as Dawson and Gillet remain out.
A home win is heavily expected here, I wouldn’t bet against a debut goal for Aaron McLean either.
Sheffield United v Swindon
After a gutting mid week defeat to Spurs in the Capital One Cup semi final, all eyes will be on the blades to see how they respond. New trio: Coutts, Brayford and Freeman could all make débuts today at Bramble Hall.
Swindon have been in fantastic form this season and sit at the top of League One. They will however be without Gladwin through injury and Longo due to international duty.
This should be a really tough one to call with both sides in good form, I can definitely see a draw in this one.