Football League 1 Preview: Matchday 16

This weekends upcoming fixtures are promptly approaching with some huge football league 1 games, which could immensely change the current standings. The early kickoff is at 13:00 Saturday, which will be held at the Kassam Stadium as the U’s take on an inconsistent Millwall side which have already lost 6 games this season but only sitting 1 point behind Oxford will be searching for those important 3 points. On the other hand, Oxford are following on from a 2-2 draw away at Port Vale last weekend. Therefore, they’re also hoping that they can return to winning ways.

3rd placed Bradford City travel to an inform AFC Wimbledon for a 15:00 kickoff Saturday similar to the rest of this weekends fixtures, who have won their last 2 league games. The Bantams coming off a 3-3 draw against yorkshire rivals Sheffield United will have to pull of an impressive away win if they are to turn over Neal Ardley’s men. Although, Wimbledon may struggle in their attacking half as Bradford have only conceded 12 goals this season, the 2nd least goals conceded in the league.

Next, Bolton welcome Bruno Ribeiro’s Port Vale to the Macron Stadium, as they look to maintain their 2nd position in the league standings. The Wanderers have won their last 4 games in great shape and will be looking to score plenty of goals on saturday as Port Vale have lost 5 out of their 7 away fixtures this season, conceding 12 goals in the making.

Peterborough United will be taking the 3 hour trip via the M5 down to Bristol to challenge them for their current playoff position. Where the Pirates will be hoping current top goalscorer Matty Taylor will add to his already 9 goals this season. However, Peterborough will be hoping playmaker Marcus Maddison can create some magic within the Bristol City half and add to his status as current top assister in the football league 1.

A seriously out of form Chesterfield side travel down to London in attempt to revive their season against last season’s relegated Charlton Athletic. The Spireites will be looking to striker Ched Evans, in belief that he will return to his forgotten goal scoring form. Whilst, the Addicks will be glaring at summer signings Nicky Ajose and Josh Magennis to start firing them into more victories.

Furthermore, 13th placed Fleetwood will invite an underperforming Gillingham to the Highbury Stadium where they will be forgetting about last weekend’s 2-1 away loss at Millwall and looking for their 4th home win of the season. Granting, Gillingham’s player of last season Bradley Dack does not return to his well-known form and place the Gills back in winning ways.

Newly promoted Northampton town will meet out of form Bury at the Sixfields Stadium, where Rob Page’s team will be looking to add another 3 points to their seasons total. As, the struggling shakers have lost their last 5 league games but will be hoping striker James Vaughan can get back on the scoresheet in attempt to redeem their good start to the season. Although, the Cobblers main man Alex Revell may retaliate with a goal or two himself in order to push for a playoff position in the league 1 table.

Additionally, in what’s expected to be a thrilling local derby, Greater Manchester based sides Rochdale and Oldham Athletic clash at the Spotland Stadium this weekend. Both teams coming from the back of 2-0 defeats respectively, won’t be able to wish for a better way to get back on winning terms than to beat their local rival. The home side Rochdale flaunt an obvious advantage sitting in a comfortable 9th position. However Oldham after a bad start to the season have fell into the relegation zone, despite pulling off an impressive 2-0 victory over league leaders Scunthorpe two weeks ago.

Bottom of league Shrewsbury Town take the tough and long journey down to Southend United in desperate need of 3 points. Having already lost 9 games this season, The Shrews can’t afford another loss this early in the season if their dream of safety is to still be intact. Supposing, Southend United have conceded 24 goals this season in 15 games. Paul Hurst’s side may just be able to scrape an away win.

South Yorkshire based club Sheffield United will encounter 19th placed club MK Dons at Bramall Lane, who have recently turned to caretaker manager Richie Barker following the resignation of long serving manager Karl Robinson. The Blades are currently treasuring an unbeaten run of 10 games within the league and look to further their remarkable run with goals from captain Billy Sharp. The Dons may be looking for an upset victory in order to impress whomever their new boss could be. Although, with Chris Wilder’s summer signing Caolan Lavery finally appearing match fit the game may be just out of the Dons reach.

Subsequently, league leaders Scunthorpe United challenge Swindon Town following their astonishing start to the season. The Iron will be looking to replicate their previous 3-0 away victory at Chesterfield and make an addition to their already staggering 32 goals scored this season. The Robins are surely aware of the tough task ahead and will more than likely settle for a draw against Graham Alexander’s team. Nonetheless, Scunthorpe star man Josh Morris will be raring to follow up his striking 13 goals to help the Iron maintain that top spot.

Finally to round off an exciting saturday of Football League 1 fixtures, returning from a 2-0 win at home to Rochdale. Coventry City take a short adventure to the Bescot Stadium, where they look to restore their league campaign with what could be their 4th win of the season. Whereas, home side Walsall could climb to as high as 7th position if results go in their favour elsewhere.


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