League One Preview - Brewers maintain lead at top
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be hoping his Burton side can open up some daylight with second-placed Walsall taking on an in-form Wigan side.
Burton Albion maintained their slight advantage at the top of League One with a draw at home to Sheffield United during the week.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men have a one-point lead over their nearest challengers Walsall, and the former Chelsea striker's side host Southend United at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend. Phil Brown's men defeated now bottom side Crewe on Tuesday and sit in tenth position in the table.
Walsall won away at Scunthorpe United but face a tough task at Wigan Athletic. The Latics' recent form has seen them jump into the top-ten positions after a shaky start. Their come-from-behind win at Chesterfield at the start of the month appeared to be a catalyst for improvement. Gary Caldwell's men have lost only once in their last five matches, but drew with Millwall during the week.
Gillingham put last Saturday's defeat behind them with a crushing victory back on home soil against Fleetwood. Despite the Cod Army taking the lead, the Gills roared back with four goals in the first period. Two from Rory Donnelly, Jordan Houghton and John Egan gave Justin Edinburgh's side clear daylight over their North-West visitors and Cody McDonald scored for the first time since April in the final stages.
This was the final straw for Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley who sacked boss Graham Alexander the next day. The Gills host Oldham Athletic whilst Fleetwood travel to out-of-form Scunthorpe and face another manager under threat in Mark Robins.
Bury came from behind to win at Peterborough. The Posh were reduced to ten men when Erhun Oztumer was sent-off followed by David Flitcroft's Shakers' taking the lead through Leon Clarke. Gabriel Zakuani put Peterbrough in front with goals either side of half-time. Nathan Cameron levelled for Bury just after the hour mark before Tom Pope grabbed the winner nine minutes from time. Peterborough host Millwall at London Road whilst Bury make the long trek to an in-form Colchester United.
Rochdale's fine season continued with a 3-2 victory over Shrewsbury Town. Keith Hill's men host Bradford City at Spotland at the weekend and despite not being consistent enough, Dale sit in fifth place.
Sheffield United moved up one place into sixth position following their draw at the Pirelli Stadium. Nigel Adkins' men travel to Vale Park at the weekend having won only one of their last five matches. Many have tipped the Blades along with Wigan to walk the automatic promotion places this season, but things have not quite gone to plan so far.
Blackpool defeated Chesterfield 2-0 at Bloomfield Road for their first victory on their own ground since January. This enabled the Tangerines to move off the foot of the table to be replaced by Crewe. The Spireites failed to win in September and have now dropped to 17th place in the table, and they face the Railwaymen this weekend. Steve Davis's side have stuggled with only one win in their opening ten league games, and maybe this could be a season too far for the Alex.