Brentford v Bradford City

Brentford remain outside of the Sky Bet League 1 automatic promotion places for a second successive week ahead of their home clash with Bradford City.

The third-placed Bees were beaten 3-0 at home by Wolverhampton Wanderers before a 0-0 draw at Carlisle United last weekend and now trail the top two by three points. That defeat by Wolves ended a 10-match winning run at Griffin Park.

Bradford are 13th having lost 3-2 to Stevenage last time out, ending a run of successive wins. The Bantams won the reverse fixture 4-0 in September, which was a first victory in 10 encounters.

Colchester United v Coventry City

Coventry City are unbeaten against Colchester United in their past seven clashes and the two come together in Essex on Saturday.

The U's have the third worst return in the division over the past 10 matches with nine points arriving through two wins, three draws and five defeats. Joe Dunne's men are winless in six and as a result have slipped to 18th, one point clear of the bottom four.

Coventry picked up a much-needed 2-1 win over Walsall on Wednesday night. The Sky Blues had registered only one point from a possible 12 before that, and lie 12th in the table.

Gillingham v Crawley Town

Gillingham and Crawley Town are separated by a single point heading into their Sky Bet League 1 clash on Saturday afternoon.

The Gills are 16th and have lost their past three. Crawley are 14th but, with four games in hand on sixth-placed Peterborough United, they could be one point adrift of the Play-Offs if they win those matches. John Gregory's men are unbeaten in seven, through three wins and four draws.

This will be the sixth meeting between the two clubs; Crawley have won the most recent two 3-2, with Gillingham having won the first three.

Notts County v Leyton Orient

Notts County were humiliated by Rotherham United last weekend and go into Saturday's match against Leyton Orient bottom of the standings.

The Magpies were on the wrong end of a 6-0 scoreline that left them 24th and five points from safety. That was a third successive defeat for Shaun Derry's men and they have now lost the most games in the entire Football League with 22 from 34 games.

Orient are second and continue to push for automatic promotion. The East Londoners are on 70 points, level with leaders Wolves, having won their most recent three matches. They are the best travellers in the third tier with 10 wins, five draws and two defeats.

Oldham Athletic v Preston North End

Preston North End, like Orient, have also taken 35 points from 17 away games and they make the trip to Boundary Park on Saturday afternoon to face Oldham Athletic.

Simon Grayson's side have 10 wins, five draws and two defeats on the road, and sit fourth in the standings. They are riding a nine-game unbeaten run and could end the weekend three points away from the top.

The Latics are 15th and three points clear of the drop zone following a 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers last time out, but could end the weekend as low as 20th.

Peterborough United v Crewe Alexandra

Peterborough United are clinging onto the final Play-Off spot and they host Crewe Alexandra at London Road.

Had the season started on 22nd October, Posh would be in 20th position, but their strong start to the season means they are five points clear of seventh-placed Swindon Town. Darren Ferguson saw his side lose at Sheffield United on Tuesday, having lost to Crawley Town last weekend.

Crewe are 21st, in the highest relegation place. They are the second worst team in League 1 on the road with 12 points from 51 available. Steve Davis' men drew 1-1 with Swindon in their last outing, but remain in charge of the league's worst defence with 63 goals conceded in 34 matches.

Port Vale v Carlisle United

Port Vale have struggled of late and this weekend they host Carlisle United.

Micky Adams saw his men lose four of six February games, followed by a 3-0 defeat at Wolves last weekend to make it four points from an available 21. They are 11th, while visitors Carlisle sit 17th and come into the match on the back of an encouraging 0-0 draw with promotion contenders Brentford.

There have been 30 previous encounters between the Valiants and the Cumbrians, with 10 wins apiece and 10 draws. Vale won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Brunton Park back in September.

Shrewsbury Town v Bristol City

Shrewsbury Town and Bristol City come together in one of two relegation battles in League 1 this weekend.

The Shrews have picked up five points from their past three fixtures but remain ensconced in the bottom four; they are 22nd and three points from Bristol City - the team in the final safety place. The Robins leapt out of the relegation zone after a 2-1 win over Gillingham last weekend.

These two are another pair who have met 30 times prior to this Saturday, with Bristol City winning 14 compared to Shrewsbury's 10, alongside six draws. One of those stalemates was a 1-1 scoreline back in September 2013.

Stevenage v Tranmere Rovers

The other big match towards the bottom of the table pits second-bottom Stevenage against Tranmere Rovers, who are 19th.

Two wins, against Crewe and Bradford, plus a draw against Crawley Town, has lifted Graham Westley's side off the bottom and to within three points of safety. However they still have the fewest points on home turf this season.

Tranmere are the 10th best away side so far with half of their 36 points this season arriving on the road. They are four points ahead of Boro, and are also unbeaten in their past three with two draws and a victory.

Swindon Town v Milton Keynes Dons

Swindon Town and Milton Keynes Dons are amongst the Play-Off chasers and meet at the County Ground.

The two clubs are separated by one point, with Saturday's hosts the higher team in seventh, on 47 points. They trail the top six by five points following four games without a win. However they remain strong at home with 10 victories from 16 home fixtures.

MK Dons are ninth and lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United last weekend. In 18 games between these teams there have been seven successes each in addition to four draws.

Walsall v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Walsall are seeking to do the double over league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Saddlers won 1-0 at Molineux earlier this season thanks to an Andy Butler goal. MK Dons are the only other side to take three points from Wolves at home. More recently, the Saddlers have struggled for form, slipping to eighth after taking two points from six matches.

The Wolves juggernaut has seen them fly to the top of the table following seven successive wins, including six clean sheets. Kenny Jackett's men haven't conceded from open play since 3rd January.

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