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Saturday's League One predictions including Carlisle United vs. Portsmouth

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


Lincoln vs. Fleetwood (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Lincoln City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five matches in League One when they host Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

The visitors, meanwhile, have moved off the foot of the table by dispatching Port Vale and Bristol Rovers in recent matches.

We say: Lincoln City 1-1 Fleetwood Town


Lincoln's games tend to be low-scoring, with the Imps averaging slightly over one goal-per-game scored and exactly one goal-per-game against heading into this match. They have kept three straight clean sheets and will be confident after their win against Burton with 10 men.

However, Fleetwood will also be buoyed after winning two successive games, and we can envisage the two sides playing out a low-scoring draw on Saturday.

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Northampton vs. Bolton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Northampton Town will be hoping to bounce back from consecutive defeats in League One when they host Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The visitors, meanwhile, dropped outside of the automatic-promotion positions after drawing against Barnsley last weekend.

We say: Northampton Town 0-2 Bolton Wanderers


Northampton's form appears to have hit a road block, but Brady will not be too concerned considering that they are almost certainly safe from relegation, which would have been their primary aim following promotion from League Two last season.

Bolton, on the other hand, are aiming to be in the Championship later this year, but they are likely to require embarking on an impressive run at some point in order to achieve that. We can envisage them winning to nil on Saturday, with Evatt's side already winning six games on the road this season in this manner.

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Port Vale vs. Stevenage (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Stevenage manager Steve Evans on January 29, 2023© Reuters

Managerless Port Vale will attempt to end their five-game winless run when they welcome Stevenage to Vale Park on Saturday.

While the Valiants are languishing in the League One drop zone, the visitors will head into the weekend in sixth position.

We say: Port Vale 1-2 Stevenage


Despite being edged out by Reading in midweek, Stevenage will fancy their chances of claiming all three points after winning their last two away matches.

We think the visitors will ultimately prove too strong for a Port Vale side who have lost four of their previous five games.

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Reading vs. Charlton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Nathan Jones will take charge of his first game as Charlton Athletic manager when his side take on Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Saturday.

The Royals, meanwhile, will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches as they continue their fight to remain in the third tier.

We say: Reading 1-1 Charlton Athletic


Charlton will be desperate to claim all three points in Jones's first game in charge, but we think they may have to settle for a share of the spoils when they face a Reading side that has avoided defeat in each of their last five home league matches.

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Wigan vs. Exeter (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Wigan Athletic and Exeter City square off on Saturday afternoon with just one point separating the two teams in the League One standings.

These sides currently sit in 13th and 14th place respectively, their focus firmly on moving further clear of the relegation zone rather than a late playoff bid.

We say: Wigan Athletic 2-1 Exeter City


Both managers will be delighted with their recent form and fully expect another three points to be delivered in this contest. However, we are backing the home side to edge this encounter by the odd goal in three, potentially through a late goal.

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Wycombe vs. Peterborough (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Wycombe Wanderers will have the chance to claim a third consecutive victory in all competitions when they face Peterborough United at Adams Park on Sunday.

The visitors, meanwhile, will be looking to get their League One promotion bid back on track after taking just one point from their last three matches.

We say: Wycombe Wanderers 2-2 Peterborough United


Peterborough have failed to win their last three league matches, and we think that poor run of form could continue in Saturday's away meeting with a Wycombe side who have drawn three of their previous four home games in the third tier.

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Barnsley vs. Leyton Orient (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Barnsley will welcome Leyton Orient to Oakwell on Saturday for a key contest in the League One playoff fight.

Thanks to an eye-catching run of form, the visitors have climbed to ninth spot in the third-tier table and within eight points of their fifth-placed hosts.

We say: Barnsley 1-1 Leyton Orient


Barnsley will be keen to get back to winning ways in their promotion bid and have the quality to prevail on home turf, but Leyton Orient arrive full of confidence and will back themselves to return from Oakwell with a share of the spoils.

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Blackpool vs. Oxford Utd (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Two sides fighting around the playoff places in the League One table will do battle on Saturday, as Blackpool welcome Oxford United to Bloomfield Road.

Both aiming to end tough runs of form, the two sides currently sit eighth and seventh respectively with the visitors just one point outside the top six and their hosts another five points back.

We say: Blackpool 1-1 Oxford United


With stakes growing in the battle for playoff places in League One and two sides full of quality squaring off, we anticipate a tight encounter at the weekend and cannot quite pick a winner, instead opting for a share of the points.

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Bristol Rovers vs. Burton Albion (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Both teams will be hoping to bounce back from defeat when Bristol Rovers host Burton Albion in League One on Saturday.

Bristol Rovers were beaten 2-0 by Fleetwood Town in midweek, while Burton lost 1-0 at home to Lincoln City last weekend.

We say: Bristol Rovers 2-1 Burton Albion


Bristol Rovers' matches usually feature plenty of goals, with Taylor's side favouring attack over defence. They should be determined to return to winning ways in front of their home fans after the disappointing defeat against Fleetwood.

Burton may have more energy after their match against Cheltenham was postponed in midweek, but they are lacking offensive quality and could be out-gunned by their opponents.

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Cambridge vs. Cheltenham (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Cambridge United will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five matches in League One when they host Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

The visitors, meanwhile, have lost three games in a row, leaving them eight points adrift of safety.

We say: Cambridge United 2-1 Cheltenham Town


Both teams should be fresh having had their scheduled matches on Tuesday postponed due to waterlogged pitches, and it should be a fierce battle given that both sides are fighting against relegation.

However, Cambridge are in better form and arguably have a little more individual quality to call upon, meaning that we expect them to edge a tight victory in the end.

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Carlisle vs. Portsmouth (Saturday, 3.00pm)

A general shot of a football from May 2022© Reuters

Leaders Portsmouth will make the long trip to Brunton Park for Saturday's League One meeting with basement side Carlisle United.

The Cumbrians have lost each of their last five matches, while Pompey have dropped just two points in their previous four outings.

We say: Carlisle United 1-3 Portsmouth


Despite having to contend with a number of injury issues, Portsmouth will carry significant momentum into Saturday's contest, and we think that the leaders will sweep past a struggling Carlisle side to continue their promotion push.

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Derby vs. Shrewsbury (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Derby County manager Paul Warne reacts on January 23, 2024© Reuters

Derby County will attempt to claim a third consecutive victory when they welcome Shrewsbury Town to Pride Park on Saturday.

The Rams are sitting in second place in the League One table, while the visitors head into the weekend in 17th position.

We say: Derby County 3-1 Shrewsbury Town


Although Derby lost out to Shrewsbury in the reverse fixture, we expect the Rams to prove too strong for their opponents in Saturday's contest, especially as they have won seven of their last nine home league matches.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth442713475393694
2Derby CountyDerby442681075373886
3Bolton WanderersBolton442411981483383
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough432481184562880
5Barnsley4421121179601975
6Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4421101376542273
7Lincoln CityLincoln4419141163372671
8Blackpool4420101460431770
9Stevenage4418131354441067
10Leyton Orient441711165053-362
11Northampton TownNorthampton44178195563-859
12Wycombe WanderersWycombe431513155553258
13Exeter CityExeter441610184358-1558
14Bristol Rovers44169195264-1257
15Wigan AthleticWigan441810165955456
16Charlton AthleticCharlton441119146363052
17Reading441511186365-250
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury44138233363-3047
19Cambridge UnitedCambridge431210213859-2146
20Burton Albion441110233662-2643
21Cheltenham TownCheltenham43118243761-2441
22Port Vale441010244172-3140
23Fleetwood TownFleetwood44813234572-2737
RCarlisle UnitedCarlisle4479284076-3630


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