Accrington Stanley host MK Dons and are looking to extend their current unbeaten run in League One. MK Dons have two wins in the last five matches and are sitting just outside the relegation zone. As John Coleman’s men will be looking to edge closer to the play-off and should feel fresher after a weekend of rest last weekend. Out of the five meetings between the clubs, MK Dons have the better of Accrington 4 wins to one loss.
Wigan Athletic will be looking to take advantage of a Sunderland team in decline. Wigan, who are rooted to the bottom of the league have only tasted a win twice so far this season. This will be the first time the teams have met since 2013, with both teams in the Premier League. Wigan have not beaten Sunderland since 2011.
Rochdale host Lincoln City in a game that looks like another defeat on paper for Brain Barry-Murphy’s men, despite their impressive 4-0 win last weekend. On the other hand, Lincoln are in the play-off places but have very indifferent form of late, which Dale will be hoping to take advantage of. Whilst the pressure builds on the Rochdale manager, another win is a must, not only to ease the pressure slightly but to start to turnaround Rochdale’s season.
Into League Two and Salford City will be hoping to put their 3-0 FA Cup defeat behind them from last weekend, with a win over lowly Barrow. Richie Wellens start to life at Salford, has seen them have an up and down experience while he aims to steady the ship. A win will further cement their position in the playoff places.
Oldham Athletic travel to Cambridge United in good spirits following their recent turn of good form. Harry Kewell’s men look to have finally turned the corner and are stringing a run of games together, buoyed by their winds in the FA Cup of late. Another win will see them start to fly up the league.
Bolton Wanderers, another team in great form lately, took full advantage of the majority of the leagues break last weekend to notch up a 3-0 win and move closer to the play-off places. A win over mid-table Port Vale will see them head in the right direction, and start to look like the preseason favourites they were.
Altrincham’s recent form in the National League has seen them not only climb the league but also give themselves a few games in hand of the others around them. They host Kings Lynn, who are on a winning streak themselves and currently sit in mid-table.
Neighbours Stockport County finally get some league games under their belt following a wrath of postponements due to covid. After last weeks FA Cup win, that saw a rusty performance, Jim Gannon will be hoping to get their rhythm back in the league with a win over Bromley. With games in hand on the rest of the league, Stockport can start to motor upwards if they can refind their pre-covid form.
Finally, Curzon Ashton travels to Spennymoor Town and in need of a win. A much anticipated up and down season by manager Steve Cunningham is taking shape. However, they will be hoping for more wins than losses over the course fo the campaign and a win over a fellow rival will hold them in good stead.