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Friday's League One predictions including Stevenage vs. Bolton

Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today's League One fixtures, including Stevenage vs. Bolton.

Barnsley vs. Cambridge (Friday, 3.00pm)

Cambridge United's Jack Lankester celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 6, 2024© Reuters

Barnsley will be bidding to move closer to the automatic promotion spots in League One when they host relegation-threatened Cambridge United on Friday afternoon.

The hosts are currently fifth in the table, seven points behind second-placed Derby County with two games in hand, while Cambridge sit 20th, just three points ahead of 21st-placed Port Vale.

We say: Barnsley 2-0 Cambridge United

Cambridge's recent form has been extremely poor, and they have only managed to triumph in three of their 19 away league matches this season. Barnsley were held at home by Cheltenham last time out, but we are backing them to secure all three points on Friday afternoon.

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Derby vs. Blackpool (Friday, 3.00pm)

Derby County's James Collins celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 8, 2023© Reuters

Promotion-chasing Derby County will be bidding to return to winning ways in League One when they continue their campaign at home to playoff hopefuls Blackpool on Friday afternoon.

The Rams are currently second in the table, four points ahead of third-placed Bolton Wanderers, while Blackpool sit in ninth position, three points behind sixth-placed Oxford United.

We say: Derby County 2-1 Blackpool

Derby remain without a number of first-team players, but the Rams still have a lot of quality in their team, and we are backing them to edge a close game on Friday afternoon, with Blackpool likely to suffer if they are unable to call upon leading goalscorer Rhodes.

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Fleetwood vs. Cheltenham (Friday, 3.00pm)

Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke applauds fans after the match on January 8, 2022© Reuters

Two teams battling for League One survival meet at Highbury Stadium on Good Friday, as Fleetwood Town tackle a Cheltenham Town side that lead them by one point in the table.

The Robins also have two games in hand on their hosts, but both teams are stuck inside the drop zone as Easter approaches.

We say: Fleetwood Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town

With more firepower in the final third, Fleetwood can overcome one of the division's worst travellers to jump above their visitors in the standings. Charlie Adam has also got the Cod Army well drilled, so they should come out on top in this relegation six-pointer.

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Lincoln vs. Leyton Orient (Friday, 3.00pm)

Leyton Orient manager Richie Wellens before the match on April 18, 2023© Reuters

Lincoln City and Leyton Orient meet on Good Friday knowing that victory at the LNER Stadium will keep them very much involved in the League One promotion race.

Although these two clubs sit in eighth and 10th position in the standings respectively, just five points separate the latter to sixth place.

We say: Lincoln City 2-1 Leyton Orient

While Lincoln have recently produced the most consistent form, we cannot ignore Leyton Orient's recent win at Stevenage. That said, Lincoln would be backed against many teams in this division right now, leading us to go with a hard-fought success for the home side.

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Peterborough vs. Carlisle (Friday, 3.00pm)

Peterborough United's manager Darren Ferguson reacts on January 7, 2024© Reuters

Promotion-hunting Peterborough United will welcome relegation-threatened Carlisle United at the Weston Homes Stadium on Friday afternoon in League One.

The hosts are fourth ahead of this game but hold games in hand on those around them, while the visitors are rock bottom of the table by 10 points.

We say: Peterborough United 2-0 Carlisle United

Peterborough come into this game with almost triple the points that Carlisle have picked up this season and will be strong favourites to take all three points from the match as they continue their push for the automatic promotion places.

While Carlisle were able to gain a point from the reverse fixture of this tie thanks to a 96th-minute equaliser from Jordan Gibson, they have failed to win on Peterborough's home soil since the 1999-2000 season, losing four out of five meetings since then.

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Port Vale vs. Bristol Rovers (Friday, 3.00pm)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore before the match on February 7, 2023© Reuters

Port Vale will attempt to claim a second straight win when they welcome Bristol Rovers to Vale Park for Friday's League One clash.

Meanwhile, the visitors will be looking to return to winning ways after taking just one point from their last three matches.

We say: Port Vale 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Port Vale will have a renewed sense of belief following their narrow win over Burton, and with Bristol Rovers experiencing a dip in form, Friday's fixture represents the perfect opportunity for the hosts to boost their survival hopes with three more precious points.

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Reading vs. Northampton (Friday, 3.00pm)

Reading manager Ruben Selles reacts on January 23, 2024© Reuters

Reading and Northampton Town will both have the chance to claim consecutive victories when they face off at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Friday.

The Royals swept past Cambridge United in their most recent League One outing, while the Cobblers edged out promotion-chasing Derby County.

We say: Reading 2-1 Northampton Town

Northampton may have got the better of Reading in the reverse fixture, but the Royals tend to produce their best performances on home turf.

Having won six of their last nine matches in Berkshire, we think Reading will make full use of home advantage to edge out Northampton on Friday.

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Shrewsbury vs. Oxford Utd (Friday, 3.00pm)

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst before the match on March 19, 2023© Reuters

Two sides with opposing objectives come together on Friday afternoon as potential relegation candidates Shrewsbury Town take on playoff hopefuls Oxford United at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The hosts are in 17th, but just eight points above the relegation zone ahead of this game, while the visitors are currently occupying the final playoff position with a single-point lead over seventh place.

We say: Shrewsbury Town 1-3 Oxford United

Oxford United have enjoyed this fixture in recent seasons, taking victories from four of their last five trips to Shrewsbury and scoring three goals in three of these victories.

While the visitors have scored a lot this season, they are also prone to conceding their fair share of goals, and we expect the hosts to get on the scoresheet in this one.

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Stevenage vs. Bolton (Friday, 3.00pm)

Stevenage manager Steve Evans on January 29, 2023© Reuters

Two sides with ambitions of gaining promotion into the EFL Championship come together on Friday afternoon when playoff-hunting Stevenage take on a Bolton Wanderers side hoping to finish in the top two of the League One table.

The hosts come into this game in seventh place and just a point behind sixth-placed Oxford United, while the visitors are just four points behind second-placed Derby County and have the advantage of a game in hand still to play.

We say: Stevenage 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

While Bolton have been struggling for victories in recent outings Stevenage have also been going through their own difficulties, leaving the visitors as the favourites to take the three points.

Stevenage have never recorded either a draw or victory against Bolton, and we expect this to continue with a Trotters victory in this one.

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Wigan vs. Burton Albion (Friday, 3.00pm)

Wigan Athletic manager Shaun Maloney after the match on January 8, 2024© Reuters

Wigan Athletic will attempt to claim a second straight victory when they welcome Burton Albion to the DW Stadium for Friday's League One encounter.

Meanwhile, the relegation-threatened visitors will be hoping to boost their survival hopes by ending their seven-game winless run.

We say: Wigan Athletic 2-0 Burton Albion

Wigan have won each of their last three home games, and we think they will extend that winning run against a Burton side that will be low on confidence following four consecutive defeats.

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Wycombe vs. Portsmouth (Friday, 3.00pm)

A general shot of a football from May 2022© Reuters

League leaders Portsmouth will resume their promotion bid with a trip to Adams Park for Friday's meeting with Wycombe Wanderers.

The Chairboys have won each of their last three matches, while Pompey are currently enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run.

We say: Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Portsmouth

Although Portsmouth are unbeaten in 12 matches, they have had to settle for a draw in three of their last five away games.

With that in mind, we think they may have to be content with a point against a Wycombe side that is currently enjoying a fine run of form.

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Exeter vs. Charlton (Friday, 3.00pm)

Exeter City's Demetri Mitchell celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on September 26, 2023© Reuters

Separated by just two points and one place in the League One standings, Exeter City and Charlton Athletic clash at St James Park on Good Friday.

Both are close to confirming safety after improving their form, but the hosts will want to avoid being surpassed by their visitors from the capital.

We say: Exeter City 1-2 Charlton Athletic

Although they are inching further away from danger, Exeter's home record remains relatively weak, so in-form Charlton can take three points and leapfrog their hosts in the table.

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3Bolton WanderersBolton462512986513587
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough462591289612884
5Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4622111379562377
7Lincoln CityLincoln4620141265402574
10Wycombe WanderersWycombe461714156055565
11Leyton Orient461811175355-265
12Wigan AthleticWigan462010166356762
13Exeter CityExeter461710194661-1561
14Northampton TownNorthampton46179205766-960
15Bristol Rovers46169215268-1657
16Charlton AthleticCharlton461120156465-153
18Cambridge UnitedCambridge461212223961-2248
19Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury46139243567-3248
20Burton Albion461210243967-2846
RCheltenham TownCheltenham46128264165-2444
RFleetwood TownFleetwood461013234972-2343
RPort Vale461011254174-3341
RCarlisle UnitedCarlisle4679304181-4030

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