Leaders Charlton Athletic will be hoping to maintain their place at the top of the table as they face Carlisle at home on Saturday afternoon. A disappointing reverse at Stevenage last week meant that Chris Powell’s outfit have now lost their unbeaten record, but they will be looking to continue their formidable home record. Carlisle on the other hand received a morale boosting 3-0 away success at Yeovil last week and will look to shock the early leaders, with Liam Noble, JP McGovern and defender Danny Livesey all on target.
One of the surprise early pace-setters are Notts County, with Martin Allen’s men currently occupying 4th position, and a home fixture against Brentford provides another opportunity to keep pace with the leading pack. The Magpies have snapped up winger Femi Orenuga on loan from Everton in time for the game. Allen will be aware that the three points will not come easily however, with Brentford sitting narrowly outside the playoffs and boosted by the news that goalkeeper Richard Lee has extended his contract this week.
Exeter manager Paul Tisdale recognised his side’s poor start to the season but insists he is not panicking and that a turn in fortunes is only just around the corner. The Grecians, currently propping up the division, face Rochdale who have boosted their attack with the one-month loan signing of Liverpool attacker Nathan Eccleston. An 88th minute equaliser from midfielder Gary Jones earned the Dale a point after recovering a two goal deficit against Colchester United at Spotland last week.
After a promising start to the season Bury travel to Bournemouth in need of points as they begin to get sucked into the relegation scrap. The Shakers have extended the loan deal of Liverpool striker David Amoo until January after impressing in his four appearances to date, scoring his solitary goal in their 3-1 away success at Yeovil Town. Manager Richie Barker will hope Amoo and fellow striker Shaun Harrad start finding their scoring boots, and will also be pleased that David Worrall has also signed a new contract this week until June 2014. In contrast Bournemouth have an in-form striker by the name of Wes Thomas who scored a brace at Stadium:MK last time out and will be looking to add to his tally of four league goals this season after joining on loan from Crawley Town. The Cherries have also completed the signing of Charlie Sheringham from Dartford on an 18 month contract, and he may be introduced straight into the squad.
Chesterfield are back at the B2Net Stadium again facing Hartlepool United. The Spireites assistant manager Tommy Wright has already conceded that his side are in a relegation dog fight even at this early stage in the season, bemoaning the schoolboy defending against Notts County in their previous fixture. They have a good opportunity to pick up points against a Hartlepool side that have slumped recently after their impressive start to the season. The Pools have lost their previous three fixtures without scoring from open play.
After a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Prenton Park a week ago Oldham manager Paul Dickov will be hoping that strikers Reuben Reid and Shefki Kuqi rediscover their shooting boots as they host Wycombe, who travel in high spirits following an impressive 3-1 win at Hartlepool last time out. Striker Stuart Beavon will hope to add to his tally of seven goals in all competitions this season.
Milton Keyes Dons have slipped up recently with defeat at Oldham and a draw against Bournemouth last weekend and manager Karl Robinson will expect his side to return to winning ways against Scunthorpe United at Stadium:MK. With Sam Johnstone and Josh Lillis both out injured Scunthorpe are facing a goalkeeping crisis, with manager Alan Knill expected to draft in Sam Slocombe. The final fixtures see Tranmere host Walsall, Stevenage facing Yeovil and high-flying Sheffield Wednesday play Colchester.
After their best home league start to a season in twenty years Wednesday will expect to be knocking on the door of the automatic places come 5pm on Saturday. In their way stand Huddersfield Town who are now an incredible 38 games unbeaten but face a tough test at home to Preston at the Galpharm. They will look towards striker Jordan Rhodes to produce the goods again with the Scottish Under-21 international on a hot streak with ten goals in his last four outings.