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Saturday's League One predictions including Portsmouth vs. Shrewsbury Town

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

Blackpool vs. Cambridge (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Blackpool will be bidding to give their top-six hopes a boost when they continue their League One campaign at home to Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon.

The Seasiders are currently ninth in the table, six points behind sixth-placed Lincoln City, while Cambridge occupy 19th spot, six points ahead of the relegation zone.

We say: Blackpool 1-1 Cambridge United

Blackpool desperately need victories at this stage of the season if they are to finish inside the playoff positions, but Cambridge have been excellent in their last two matches, and we can see the visitors frustrating the Seasiders in Saturday's contest at Bloomfield Road.

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Bristol Rovers vs. Bolton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Bolton Wanderers will continue their promotion bid when they travel to the Memorial Stadium for Saturday's meeting with Bristol Rovers.

The Trotters are sitting in third place in the League One table, while the Gas will begin the weekend in 14th position.

We say: Bristol Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton may have struggled in their recent away matches, but they tend to fare well at the Memorial Stadium, and we think that the promotion-hopefuls will do enough to edge their hosts and claim three precious points.

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Burton Albion vs. Oxford Utd (Saturday, 3.00pm)

General view of Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium from February 2017© Reuters

Two teams in need of the points in League One will lock horns for an intriguing contest on Saturday afternoon, with relegation-threatened Burton Albion hosting playoff-chasing Oxford United.

Burton are currently 20th in the table, just one point ahead of 21st-placed Port Vale, while Oxford occupy seventh position, level on points with sixth-placed Lincoln City.

We say: Burton Albion 0-2 Oxford United

It is difficult to back Burton at the moment due to their struggles, but the same cannot be said for Oxford, who are pushing for a top-six spot. The visitors were excellent against a struggling Fleetwood last time out, and we are expecting them to put another three points on the board this weekend.

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Charlton vs. Barnsley (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Barnsley will set out to keep their slim hopes of a top-two finish in the League One table alive on Saturday, when they travel to the Valley to take on Charlton Athletic.

A crucial return to winning ways on Monday left the Reds eight points off the automatic promotion spots with two games in hand on second-placed Derby County, while their visitors have moved well clear of the threat of relegation with a much-improved run in recent months.

We say: Charlton Athletic 1-1 Barnsley

Barnsley are certainly not at their scintillating best in the run-in, while Charlton Athletic have proven themselves to be tough to beat under Nathan Jones, and we envisage a share of the spoils at the Valley as a result, with the hosts having the tools to halt the Reds' top-two push.

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Exeter vs. Stevenage (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Stevenage manager Steve Evans on January 29, 2023© Reuters

Stevenage will be bidding to get their top-six challenge back on track in League One when they continue their campaign away to Exeter City on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors are currently eighth in the table, three points behind sixth-placed Lincoln City, while Exeter occupy 15th position, boasting 51 points from their 41 league games this term.

We say: Exeter City 1-1 Stevenage

Exeter will be feeling good about themselves at the moment due to their strong form, and they will be hosting a Stevenage side that are currently struggling to put wins on the board. This match could go either way, but we are expecting the points to be shared in a low-scoring draw on Saturday.

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Leyton Orient vs. Cheltenham (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Aiming to jump out of the bottom four in the League One table in the midst of the run-in, Cheltenham Town will travel to Brisbane Road to take on Leyton Orient on Saturday.

The Robins currently find themselves two points adrift of safety with games in hand on the sides around them, while the hosts will set out to cement a top-half finish following back-to-back defeats.

We say: Leyton Orient 1-2 Cheltenham Town

Despite the agonising defeat last time out, Cheltenham Town do still have plenty of fight under Darrell Clarke, having moved within touching distance of safety, and with the run-in heating up, we fancy them to pull off an impressive result away at a Leyton Orient side lacking form and with much less to fight for this term.

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Northampton vs. Carlisle (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Northampton Town manager Jon Brady pictured in May 2022© Reuters

Knowing their relegation from League One could be confirmed by a defeat or results elsewhere, Carlisle United will travel to Sixfields to take on Northampton Town on Saturday.

Both sides won promotion to the third tier last term, with the hosts currently sat 11th and their visitors rooted to the foot of the division with five games left to play.

We say: Northampton Town 2-0 Carlisle United

Devoid of any confidence and all but condemned to the drop having fallen short of the required standard for survival for the entirety of the campaign thus far, we cannot envisage Carlisle prevailing at Sixfields at the weekend and instead anticipate a home victory.

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Portsmouth vs. Shrewsbury (Saturday, 3.00pm)

A general shot of a football from May 2022© Reuters

Portsmouth will have the chance to move one step closer to achieving automatic promotion when they play host to Shrewsbury Town in Saturday's League One contest.

Pompey are sitting top of the Legaue One table with five games left to play, while the Shrews are currently sitting in 17th position.

We say: Portsmouth 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury may have avoided defeat in their last three matches, but we think that their unbeaten run will be brought to an end by a Portsmouth side that has won five of their previous six home games.

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Reading vs. Lincoln (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Lincoln City will look to continue their irrepressible run of form when they travel to Berkshire for Saturday's League One meeting with Reading.

The Imps have won each of their last five matches, while the Royals have seen their previous five outings produce two wins and three defeats.

We say: Reading 1-3 Lincoln City

Reading usually save their best form for home surroundings, but we think they may come off second-best against a Lincoln team that will have significant momentum behind them following a five-game winning run.

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Wigan vs. Port Vale (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Port Vale will continue their survival bid with a trip to the DW Stadium for Saturday's meeting with Wigan Athletic.

The Valiants are languishing in 21st place in the League One table, while the hosts are currently sitting in 12th position.

We say: Wigan Athletic 1-1 Port Vale

Port Vale will be targeting all three points to aid fight against relegation, but we think the visitors may have to settle for a point against a Wigan side that are unbeaten in five home matches.

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4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough462591289612884
5Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4622111379562377
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18Cambridge UnitedCambridge461212223961-2248
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RFleetwood TownFleetwood461013234972-2343
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RCarlisle UnitedCarlisle4679304181-4030

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