League One 2012-13 fixture list: Portsmouth play Bournemouth in opening day south-coast derby

The fixtures for the new season have been released as 24 teams get ready to do battle in the football league's middle tier
Portsmouth will start their League One campaign against local rivals Bournemouth after their relegation from the Championship last season, while Coventry and Doncaster face away trips to Yeovil and Walsall respectively.

Paolo Di Canio's League Two champions Swindon play Hartlepool at Victoria Park in their first game of the League One season, while runners-up Shrewsbury travel to Sheffield United, who were beaten by Huddersfield in last year's play-off final.

New Year's Day sees the battle of the promoted and relegated clubs come to the fore (along with the small matter of the South Yorkshire derby) whilst April serves up a tantalising trio of weekends as the season draws to a climax.

April 6 sees League One new-boys Swindon and Crewe go head-to-head, alongside potential promotion six-pointers as Portsmouth tackle Stevenage and MK Dons face Crawley.

Pompey take on Sheffield United in the penultimate weekend of fixtures as Preston and Tranmere lock local horns, before Saturday 27th rounds off the season in tantalising fashion.

has picked out four key matchdays in the League One fixture list which we think may go a long way to deciding the key issues at both the top and bottom of the league.

8 September 2012 1 January 2013
Brentford v Colchester
Bury v Preston
Coventry v Stevenage
Crawley v Portsmouth
Crewe v Tranmere
Doncaster v Oldham
Hartlepool v Carlisle
Notts County v Shrewsbury
Scunthorpe v Sheffield United
Swindon v Leyton Orient
Walsall v MK Dons

Yeovil v Bournemouth
Brentford v Bournemouth
Bury v Tranmere
Coventry v Shrewsbury
Crawley v Colchester
Crewe v Carlisle
Doncaster v Sheffield United
Hartlepool v Preston
Notts County v MK Dons
Scunthorpe v Oldham
Swindon v Portsmouth
Walsall v Stevenage
Yeovil v Leyton Orient
6 April 2013 27 April 2013
Bournemouth v Notts County
Colchester v Leyton Orient
Coventry v Brentford
Doncaster v Tranmere
Hartlepool v Bury
MK Dons v Crawley
Oldham v Carlisle
Portsmouth v Stevenage
Preston v Scunthorpe
Swindow v Crewe
Walsall v Sheffield United
Yeovil v Shrewsbury
Brentford v Doncaster
Bury v Yeovil
Carlisle v Colchester
Crawley v Hartlepool
Crewe v Walsall
Leyton Orient v Oldham
Notts County v Coventry
Scunthorpe v Swindon
Sheffield United v Preston
Shrewsbury v Portsmouth
Stevenage v MK Dons
Tranmere v Bournemouth

For a full list of League One fixtures, click here.