The international break is over and all six of our teams are back in action this weekend, starting early with Rotherham United welcoming Leeds United to what will be a packed-out New York Stadium on Friday night.
And here, Chris Holt, gives his predictions on how the next couple of days will pan out.
Rotherham United v Leeds United
To say Steve Evans has been wholesome in his praise for Leeds in the run up to this match, would be an understatement, but I’d imagine this is where the pleasantries will end. This is one of the fixtures that Millers fans will have been looking forward to when the schedule was drawn up and the big crowd can play a vital role. Leeds have improved performance-wise since Darko Milanic took charge but they are still yet to win and will see this one as the ideal opportunity to do so. However, Rotherham are coming off the back of a great result against Norwich in which they drew and a victory over Blackburn prior to that. With a vociferous home support behind them I’d back a home win.
Prediction: Rotherham United 1 Leeds United 0
Sheffield Wednesday v Watford
The Owls haven’t won for almost a month but that stat shouldn’t really be anything to worry about given in that time they lost to Manchester City, narrowly away to Cardiff and drew with Leeds and Ipswich. But they have to start putting more points on the board if they are to maintain the fine start they’ve had and to do that the goals, quite obviously, are a must. Stevie May should return in buoyant mood after his week away with Scotland and perhaps a rest will have given Atdhe Nuhiu a bit of a boost. Gary Madine also performed well at Elland Road and that may have given Nuhiu a kick up the backside. They face a Watford team coping with yet another new manager and while they haven’t been hampered as yet by the transitions, you have to wonder how long that will last?
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Watford 1
Chesterfield v Oldham
If you want goals then the Proact is the place to be on Saturday - they’ve been flying in, in games involving these two teams in recent weeks. For Spireites they know they have no problem in finding the net, unlike a few of our other teams, but shipping them in at the other end is a worry and they can’t rely on the frontmen continually hitting the tatrget. I’d imagine Paul Cook is craving a clean sheet and would love nothing more than a scrappy 1-0 win. I don’t think he’ll get that but I would expect him to be celebrating another home win.
Prediction: Chesterfield 2 Oldham 1
Bradford City v Sheffield United
Another derby of sorts for Nigel Clough to be concerned with and in the wake of off-pitch matters dominating Bramall Lane this week, the manager will be just glad that there’s football to focus his mind on. Last week again the Blades left it late to come back but were hit by a sucker punch even later by Leyton Orient and the key to a charge up the table must be to start games better. Bradford did just that last week against Barnsley but they were poor after that and the Reds gained a well-earned victory. Some Blades fans are getting jittery and it’s far too early for that but a win in front of the cameras should calm the nerves a little and I’d back them to get it.
Prediction: Bradford City 0 Sheffield United 1
Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers
Probably the hardest match to call of all this weekend - two teams hovering around mid-table, linked by their inconsistency. Rovers performances this season have veered between the sublime and the ridiculous; when they’re good, they’re very good but when they’re bad.... So, who knows what to expect really - perhaps a draw would be appropriate.
Prediction: Fleetwood Town 2 Doncaster Rovers 2
Peterborough v Barnsley
The knives weren’t exactly being sharpened for Danny Wilson a couple of weeks ago but they were at least being taken out of the drawer following a terrible run of results. But a great result against in-form Rochdale a couple of weeks ago and then a derby win over Bradford last Sunday has suddenly put a spring in the step of the Reds and they are looking up rather than over their shoulders. Of course, Posh represent a much tougher task and have lost only one in League One - to Sheffield United - this season. Hard to see Barnsley’s good form continuing here.
Prediction: Peterborough 2 Barnsley 0