Bristol City v Carlisle United

Bristol City and Carlisle United meet in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday having experienced differing fortunes in midweek.

City were defeated 3-1 away at Brentford and lie 23rd on 24 points. The Cumbrians comfortably saw off Milton Keynes Dons, 3-0, to move up to 17th on 30 points.

When these two teams met back in October, the Robins picked up their only away victory of the season so far with a 4-2 victory at Brunton Park.

Coventry City v Walsall

Coventry City and Walsall meet with 18 goals having been struck in their past four encounters.

The Sky Blues have won three of those matches, including earlier this season in a 1-0 triumph at the Banks's Stadium. They were also away on Tuesday, losing 2-0 at Leyton Orient. When hosting, Steven Pressley's men have the best scoring record - they've netted 32 times in 14 games.

Walsall lie in the final Play-Off place following their 1-1 stalemate at home to Swindon Town in midweek. Their past seven games have alternated between draws and victories.

Crawley Town v Stevenage

Stevenage are lying at the bottom of the Sky Bet League 1 table, and they face a trip to Crawley Town this Saturday.

Boro are on 22 points, five from safety and a win this weekend could only move them up one place. They have tasted success only once in nine league outings, and are winless in five on the road.

John Gregory's Red Devils are 15th. They've drawn their past two, both by a 2-2 scoreline, which has been part of a three-game unbeaten run for the West Sussex outfit.

Crewe Alexandra v Sheffield United

Sheffield United have League 1's worst away record this season and they board the team bus again this weekend with a vital trip to Crewe Alexandra.

Their sole victory on their travels came at Bristol City in November. That result sits alongside three draws and nine defeats, scoring eight goals in those 13 matches. The Blades occupy the highest relegation spot - 21st.

Crewe sit one place and one point higher. In their 28 games they have seen the opposition score 54 times, which the leakiest defence in the division. They suffered a 1-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Gillingham v Port Vale

Gillingham could finish the weekend as high as 11th or as low as 17th, depending on their result at home to Port Vale.

Peter Taylor's 14th-placed Gills have won two successive home games, against Wolves and Swindon. Vale have lost their past three on the road in the league, conceding eight goals.

Their head-to-head record shows 14 wins for the Kent outfit, 15 for Vale - including a 2-1 success back in October - and 15 draws.

Milton Keynes Dons v Tranmere Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons have picked up two-thirds of their points at home and this Saturday they host Tranmere Rovers.

Karl Robinson lambasted his players following a 3-0 defeat at Carlisle on Tuesday night and that came after a 2-0 defeat at Crewe. They sit 10th on 36 points.

Tranmere have the second-worst defensive record in the division. They've picked up half of their points away from home but have been defeated in four of their past five trips.

Karl Robinson
Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson

Peterborough United v Colchester United

Peterborough and Colchester unite at London Road, with the visitors having triggered a poor run of form for Posh after their meeting earlier this season.

When the U's won 1-0 back in October, that was only Peterborough's second league defeat in 14. Since then, Darren Ferguson's team have suffered nine losses in 15. That has seen them slip to seventh, one point behind the Play-Offs.

Colchester are top of the bottom half, in 13th. They've scored seven goals in winning their past two games, and are unbeaten in three.

Preston North End v Notts County

Preston North End are unbeaten against Notts County in six battles, and the two go head-to-head at Deepdale.

In those half a dozen games there have been only four goals, all scored by Preston. County last found the back of the net against the Lancashire club 626 minutes ago in a 1-0 victory in March 2000.

Simon Grayson's hosts are fourth having drawn 0-0 at Bradford in the week. Notts County were last in action last weekend when they were dispatched 5-1 by Walsall, meaning they have now conceded nine goals in their past two outings.

Rotherham United v Leyton Orient

Rotherham United are one place behind Preston, in fifth, and host second-placed Leyton Orient in an attractive fixture for the top reaches of the division.

The Millers have drawn seven of their 14 home matches. Steve Evans' side have gathered 13 points out of the last 15 but are still 12 points adrift of the O's in automatic promotion.

Russell Slade's Londoners are two clear of Wolves in third and two behind table-toppers Brentford. They are unbeaten in six, winning their past four while scoring 10 and conceding once.

Shrewsbury Town v Brentford

Third from bottom meets top as Shrewsbury Town welcome Brentford to the Greenhous Meadow.

Brentford retained their table-topping status by dismissing Bristol City 3-1 on Tuesday night. That was the Bees' 10th successive home league win. In their past 17 games, they have won 15 and drawn two, collecting a stunning 47 points out of 51.

Shrewsbury remain under the management of caretaker boss Mike Jackson, who took charge of his first game last weekend - a 3-1 loss at Swindon Town. That was the Shrews' fourth successive defeat.

Swindon Town v Oldham Athletic

Swindon Town followed up that win against Shrewsbury with a 1-1 draw at Walsall on Tuesday night and now they return to the County Ground to host Oldham Athletic.

Swindon are eighth and are trailing the Play-Off places by five points. Mark Cooper has led his team to the third best home record in the division, with 31 of their 41 points this season arriving in Wiltshire.

Oldham are 16th and have won once and lost once in their past two. Both of those results came at Boundary Park - a 5-4 success over Peterborough followed by a 3-0 loss against Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bradford City

Following that commanding 3-0 win at Oldham, Wolves host Bradford City at Molineux.

That victory was their third consecutive league win, which ensured they remain hot on the heels of the top two - Kenny Jackett's team are two points behind Leyton Orient and four adrift of leaders Brentford.

Unsurprisingly, Bradford drew in midweek, 0-0 with Preston. That was their 13th stalemate of the season and their 10th in their past 15 fixtures. The Bantams haven't tasted success in 10 outings since a 3-2 win at MK Dons back in November.

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