The new season is now well underway, with some sides getting off the blocks quickly whilst some have already been left behind. This weekend sees League 1 take centre stage because of the international break, which sees no games being played in the Premiership or Championship. In this article, we will be reviewing every League 1 game that is due to take place this weekend.

 

Southend United vs Peterborough United

5th August 2015, 12:05pm

The match between Southend and Peterborough will kick-off at the earlier time of five past twelve on Saturday, due to it being picked by Sky Sports to be shown on live television. Both sides haven’t exactly had the best starts to the season, with Southend sitting just above the relegation zone on 3 points and Peterborough two places higher than them in 18th position on 4 points. Usually, we would expect the Posh to be up the other end of the table, scoring for fun, and whilst they have scored more than their opponents on Saturday, they are only averaging a goal game so far. In their last game, they fought out a draw at home to Gillingham courtesy of a Jon Taylor equaliser in the last minute. Southend also drew at Coventry with the scoreline reading 2-2, which ended a run of five games without a goal. Coming into this game, the Shrimpers have lost every time they have lined up at home so far, whilst Peterborough are also yet to win on their travels. It’s looking likely to be a tight affair when these two lock horns in front of the Sky cameras.

Prediction: Southend 1-1 Peterborough

Barnsley vs Shrewsbury Town

5th August 2015, 3pm

After a trio of signings on deadline day, Barnsley will be hoping they can make a difference when they face Shrewsbury at Oakwell on Saturday, and they will certainly be favourites coming into this match. Winning promotion back to League 1, the Shrews are still yet to get going as they look for their first win, having lost 3 three out of their five opening fixtures. Barnsley, on the other hand, lie ten places above them in 12th position. The Tykes would have also hoped for a better start, due to their promotion ambitions, but they have managed to record two wins, despite losing quite heavily to Rochdale last weekend. Shrewsbury also lost, at home to high-flying Burton and a defeat could well be heading their way again, after they sold their star player Ryan Woods to Brentford for a fee that could rise up to £1million. Lee Johnson’s Barnsley, who are at home for this game, will have the advantage over struggling Salop and they could – and possibly should – capitalise on this.

Prediction: Barnsley 3-1 Shrewsbury

Chesterfield vs Wigan Athletic

5th August 2015, 3pm

Despite losing manager Paul Cook and key players such as Gary Roberts over the summer, Chesterfield have had a strong, promising start to the new campaign. They are in 7th position on 10 points, which is three more than Wigan, the side they will be taking on at the Proact Stadium this Saturday. Wigan’s fall from the Premier League has been quite remarkable and for a side who won the FA Cup in 2013, playing in the third tier of English football could come as a surprise to some people. New manager Gary Caldwell has added several players to his side in an attempt to return to the Championship at the first time of asking, but it is the Spireites who have had the better start and could well move back into the play-off spots come 5pm on Saturday evening. Playing Wigan is in no mind easy, however Chesterfield has the home advantage and their win at Millwall last weekend will give them huge belief and confidence.

Prediction: Chesterfield 1-0 Wigan

Crewe Alexandra vs Swindon Town

5th August 2015, 3pm

Crewe are one of the bookies favourites to drop down a division to League 2; it looks fully justified at the moment with the Alex pushed down into 23rd position. Meanwhile, their opponents Swindon are expected to make the play-offs again – or even go one better this time and win promotion, again it could be a correct prediction with the Robins in 8th place. However, both sides had to endure defeats last time around – Swindon fell short against Sheffield United, the favourites to win the league, by losing 2-0, and the Railwaymen, in no astonishment, lost 1-0 away at Wigan. Going into this game, near enough everyone will be wondering how many goals Swindon will win by; it could be destruction.

Prediction: Crewe 0-3 Swindon

Fleetwood Town vs Rochdale

5th August 2015, 3pm

Both of these sides have had good starts to the season which, if they continue, they could sneak their way into the play-offs. That would be some achievement considering they have both been predicted to finish much lower down in the table. Rochdale find themselves in the play-off spots after they got an excellent 3-0 win against Barnsley, whilst Fleetwood lost their second game of the season away at Doncaster. These two sides could feel they might be able to snatch all three points from the game, potentially attacking from the off, which could leave an opportunity for the opponent to counter-attack.

Prediction: Fleetwood 2-2 Rochdale

Gillingham vs Doncaster Rovers

5th August 2015, 3pm

Gillingham have had a superb start to the season – that’s even without last season’s top goalscorer Cody McDonald, who has been out injured. Instead, Bradley Dack, an attacking midfielder, has taken centre stage, attracting interest amongst some Championship clubs. Doncaster, though, would have hoped for a better start as they are struggling to find the back of the net, lying in 14th position. The Gills, who are 4th, should really win this match with their relatively strong squad. They could find it difficult to find a way through Rovers’ backline, however; the visitors to the Priestfield Stadium have only conceded four goals.

Prediction: Gillingham 1-0 Doncaster

Oldham Athletic vs Bradford City

5th August 2015, 3pm

Bradford are another side who were tipped for promotion, but they find themselves in a lowly 16th position, after three defeats in their opening 4 games. The team turned it around last Saturday when Devante Cole heroically  scored a 93rd-minute winner. Oldham, in the meantime, are one of three sides yet to lose in the league, but have drawn on four occasions, leaving them in 10th position.  So far, they haven’t been able to grind out victories, with just that one win to their name. When they host Bradford, they will come up against a strong side who now look to be settled down in the new season. The Bantams could well win their second game in succession, but Oldham have become very familiar with sharing the points when Saturday comes around.

Prediction: Oldam 1-1 Bradford

Scunthorpe United vs Blackpool

5th August 2015, 3pm

This looks set to be a routine win for Scunthorpe against the turmoil Blackpool. It comes as no surprise to us that the Tangerines are slumped at the bottom of the table – a position they could come accustomed to over the course of the season. Their opponents in Scunthorpe have had a better start, yet it is nothing too spectacular, and Blackpool could feel they could get something from this game. It still looks an impossible task with fans, at home in particular, boycotting games and protesting against their owner. This anger from the fans is likely to continue, especially after their 4-0 crushing defeat at home to Walsall. Scunthorpe also failed to win last weekend drawing 2-2 at Colchester, but a victory should be staying with the Iron.

Prediction: Scunthorpe 2-0 Blackpool

Walsall vs Bury

5th August 2015, 3pm

The final League 1 match on Saturday will consist of the table toppers and newly promoted Bury. The Shakers finished third in League 2 last season and, as a result, improved their squad to get to the level of playing in a higher division. However, this hasn’t entirely worked in their favour as they are yet to record a win; 4 draws, like local rivals Oldham, and 1 defeat. In fact, when they met the Latics in their previous game, they drew 1-1. Meanwhile, Walsall are absolutely flying in first position, having only dropped two points. They put Blackpool to bed 4-0 last weekend and another win looks certain to happen again, especially as they managed to keep top goalscorer Tom Bradshaw at the club, who could be the man to hit them into the Championship.

Prediction: Walsall 3-2 Bury

Burton Albion vs Coventry City

6th August 2015, 2:30pm

Another League 1 game selected by Sky Sports is Burton versus Coventry, who are playing on Sunday. Albion won League 2 last year and they have carried their excellent form into the next season which sees them sit in an impressive 3rd position, just one point off the top. No-one could have thought such a small club could achieve this, but they have a very strong squad and a talented manager in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Coventry have also enjoyed a fantastic start to the season with them two places below the Brewers. They have free-scoring loanee Adam Armstrong amongst their ranks which is just one of the reasons why the Sky Blues find themselves in the position they are currently in. This is a big game for both sides considering their positions and possible promotion credentials, which is why a draw could be a probable outcome.

Prediction: Burton 1-1 Coventry

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