League One preview - Walsall look to continue unbeaten start
Dean Smith's early-season pace-setters Walsall will look to secure a fifth straight win in League One on Saturday when they welcome Bury to the Bank's Stadium.
Unbeaten Walsall sit top of League One after thumping Blackpool at Bloomfield Road and on Saturday host Bury at the Bank's Stadium.
Dean Smith's side dismantled a poor Blackpool team last weekend with Romaine Sawyers bagging two goals. Smith has spent this week fending off offers for his striker, Tom Bradshaw. The 23-year-old is one of the best strikers in League One and scored a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup earlier this season. Neil McDonald's Tangerines appear in disarray at present, but the signing of the experienced midfielder, David Norris, may help them in the short-term as they travel to Scunthorpe United.
Sheffield United continue to hunt down top spot after seeing off their play-off conquerors from last season, Swindon Town. Goals from Neal Collins and Billy Sharp pushed the Blades up to second place. Due to the international break, Nigel Adkins's men don't have a game this week, so they may slip down the table.
Burton Albion continue their fine start to the season with a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Birmingham City loanee, Mark Duffy. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side sit in third place with only one defeat from their first five matches. The Brewers host a clash with Coventry City at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend. Coventry currently occupy a play-off place at present but could only draw 2-2 at home to Southend last time out.
Gillingham host Doncaster Rovers at the Priestfield Stadium. Justin Edinburgh's side dropped points last weekend away to Peterborough United. The Gills thought they had the win when Adedeji Oshilaja scored with five minutes to go, but Jon Taylor equalised for the Posh in stoppage time. Peterborough travel to Southend, with both teams struggling towards the bottom of the table.
Sixth-placed Rochdale have enjoyed a more than decent start to the season but Keith Hill's side will find it difficult against Fleetwood this weekend. Dale saw off Barnsley last weekend at Spotland and defeated Lee Johnson's side 3-0, whilst Fleetwood lost at Doncaster. On their own patch the Cod Army are tough to beat though having beaten Colchester on their own turf last time out.
Two Jay O'Shea goals kept Dean Saunders's Chesterfield side in the hunt for a top six position against Millwall at the weekend. O'Shea scored in either half to give the Spireites back-to-back away victories. Millwall have lost all of their home matches to date in the league and will have no fixture this weekend. Chesterfield host promotion favourites Wigan Athletic at the Proact Stadium.
Wigan beat a struggling Crewe side last week and Alex boss Steve Davis is hoping that home advantage can count towards the Railwaymen claiming their first league win of the season.
"We haven't been able to get the results that our performances have warranted. We should have more points than we have at the moment, but it hasn't happened for us."
Crewe host Swindon who lost wing-back Nathan Byrne for over a £1million to Wolverhampton Wanderers this week.