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Saturday's League One predictions including Blackpool vs. Portsmouth

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


Barnsley vs. Lincoln (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Lincoln City's Recco Hackett-Fairchild reacts after conceding their first goal on September 27, 2023© Reuters

Seeking to narrow the gap to the automatic promotion spots at the top end of the League One table, Barnsley will welcome Lincoln City to Oakwell on Saturday.

A midweek draw with Bolton Wanderers left the hosts three points outside the top two with a game in hand, while their visitors have climbed to 10th spot with an impressive upturn in form recently.

We say: Barnsley 2-1 Lincoln City


We anticipate an intriguing encounter at Oakwell, as free-scoring Barnsley meet a Lincoln City side who have excelled at the back recently.

Barnsley are very rarely shut out, though, particularly on home turf, and we fancy Collins's men to come out on top in a tricky test.

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Blackpool vs. Portsmouth (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Blackpool manager Neil Critchley before the match on January 7, 2024© Reuters

Portsmouth will attempt to extend their nine-game unbeaten run when they travel to Bloomfield Road for Saturday's League One meeting with Blackpool.

Pompey are currently sitting top of the standings, while the playoff-chasing hosts will begin the weekend in eighth position.

We say: Blackpool 1-1 Portsmouth


Although Pompey are currently leading the way in League One, they have tended to struggle in recent head-to-head meetings with Blackpool, and we think that they will be content with taking a point from Saturday's trip to Bloomfield Road.

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Bristol Rovers vs. Derby (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Bristol Rovers' Luke Mccormick celebrates scoring their first goal with Luke Thomas on January 17, 2024© Reuters

Bristol Rovers will attempt to claim a third consecutive win when they play host to promotion-chasing Derby County in Saturday's League One encounter.

The Rams, meanwhile, will have the chance to record a second straight victory after they returned to winning ways in Tuesday's meeting with Port Vale.

We say: Bristol Rovers 1-2 Derby County


Derby would have taken confidence from their midweek win over Port Vale, and we think that the rejuvenated Rams will continue their promotion push by claiming a second straight victory in Saturday's away meeting with Bristol Rovers.

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Burton Albion vs. Peterborough (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Aiming to make it four straight third-tier wins and narrow the gap to the top three in the League One table, Peterborough United will travel to the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday to take on Burton Albion.

The visitors trail the automatic promotion spots by five points with a game in hand on second-placed Bolton Wanderers, while their hosts have dropped back into the fight at the bottom of the division amid a difficult run of form.

We say: Burton Albion 0-3 Peterborough United


Burton Albion are struggling going forward in recent weeks, while their visitors are certainly not experiencing such difficulties, and with momentum back on their side, we can only envisage another dominant triumph for Peterborough United on Saturday.

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Cambridge vs. Northampton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Northampton Town manager Jon Brady pictured in May 2022© Reuters

Cambridge United will begin life under the management of Garry Monk on Saturday, when they welcome Northampton Town to the Abbey Stadium.

Following four straight defeats, the hosts sit just four points above the relegation zone at the bottom end of the League One table, while their visitors dropped to 12th spot following a midweek loss.

We say: Cambridge United 1-1 Northampton Town


Garry Monk will hope to have an immediate impact on a Cambridge United side desperate for points, but they face a tough test against a wounded Northampton Town team who have enjoyed a strong campaign thus far.

We cannot quite pick a winner in Saturday's meeting at the Abbey Stadium and see a share of the spoils as the most likely outcome.

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Charlton vs. Carlisle (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Southampton head coach Nathan Jones pictured on February 4, 2023© Reuters

Charlton Athletic will attempt to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches when they play host to Carlisle United on Saturday.

The Addicks will begin the weekend in 14th position, while the Cumbrians are currently propping up the League One table.

We say: Charlton Athletic 3-1 Carlisle United


Charlton will be full of confidence after winning two of their last three matches, and we think they will do enough to sweep past Carlisle and claim their first home win since November.

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Exeter vs. Bolton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt on January 7, 2024© Reuters

Exeter City will be hoping to bounce back from defeat when they host Bolton Wanderers in League One on Saturday.

The visitors clung on to the second automatic promotion spot in the table in midweek by drawing 2-2 away to Barnsley.

We say: Exeter City 1-2 Bolton Wanderers


Exeter have only picked up one point from their last four games, and things are unlikely to get any easier for them against one of the strongest teams in the division on Saturday.

Bolton should be riding high after coming from two goals behind to claim a precious point away to their promotion rivals Barnsley in midweek, while the potential return of Charles to their travelling squad will provide another boost. We expect them to claim a narrow victory and remain in the top two positions.

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Oxford Utd vs. Cheltenham (Saturday, 3.00pm)

A general shot of a football from May 2022© Reuters

Oxford United and Cheltenham Town will both be looking to end their four-game winless runs when they go head-to-head at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

The U's are currently sitting in seventh place in the League One table, while the visitors are languishing in 21st position.

We say: Oxford United 2-2 Cheltenham Town


Oxford will view Saturday's contest as a chance to return to winning ways against the relegation-threatened Robins, but after drawing three of their last five home matches, we think they will be held to a point by a Cheltenham side that has seen two of their previous four games finish all square.

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Port Vale vs. Shrewsbury (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Relegation rivals Port Vale and Shrewsbury Town will go head-to-head in Saturday's League One encounter at Vale Park.

The hosts are languishing in 22nd place in the league table, while the Shrews are six points better off in 19th position.

We say: Port Vale 2-2 Shrewsbury Town


Both teams will be desperate to secure maximum points to help their respective survival bids, but with the two sides finding wins hard to come by, we think Saturday's contest could result in the spoils being shared.

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Reading vs. Wycombe (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Two teams in close proximity in the League One table will lock horns at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with Reading welcoming Wycombe Wanderers.

Reading have picked up 39 points from their 36 league matches this season to sit in 17th position in the third tier, while Wycombe occupy 15th, two points ahead of their opponents in this match.

We say: Reading 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers


Reading's home form this season has been relatively strong, winning nine of their 18 matches, and we are expecting the Royals to triumph again on Saturday in order to boost their hopes of staying in the division.

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Stevenage vs. Fleetwood (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Stevenage's Louis Thompson in action on January 6, 2024© Reuters

League One playoff hopefuls Stevenage lock horns with relegation-threatened Fleetwood Town at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, with three points massively important for both sides.

Stevenage will be aiming to increase their grip on playoff qualification as they look to secure back-to-back promotions, while Fleetwood must continue their positive run of results as they try to climb out of the relegation zone.

We say: Stevenage 2-1 Fleetwood Town


While Fleetwood Town have seen an upturn in form since the appointment of Charlie Adam, coming into this game on the back of three games without defeat, Stevenage's quality is far superior to the visitors', and we expect this to be shown in the final result.

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Wigan vs. Leyton Orient (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Both aiming to bounce back from disappointing defeats last weekend, Wigan Athletic and Leyton Orient will do battle at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors dropped to ninth spot in the League One table and six points behind the playoff places following a home loss to Bristol Rovers, while their hosts sit 10 points behind in 13th place.

We say: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Leyton Orient


Wigan Athletic have only earned two fewer points than their visitors this term, aside from their deduction, and they certainly have the quality to trouble Leyton Orient on home turf.

The hosts are in the midst of a fine run, though, and with the aim of bouncing back from a rare defeat, we see Wellens's men doing enough to take a share of the points.

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CPortsmouth462813578413797
3Bolton WanderersBolton462512986513587
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough462591289612884
5Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4622111379562377
6Barnsley4621131282641876
7Lincoln CityLincoln4620141265402574
8Blackpool4621101565481773
9Stevenage4619141357461171
10Wycombe WanderersWycombe461714156055565
11Leyton Orient461811175355-265
12Wigan AthleticWigan462010166356762
13Exeter CityExeter461710194661-1561
14Northampton TownNorthampton46179205766-960
15Bristol Rovers46169215268-1657
16Charlton AthleticCharlton461120156465-153
17Reading461611196870-253
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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