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Saturday's League One predictions including Bolton vs. Barnsley

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

Oxford Utd vs. Reading (Saturday, 12.30pm)

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

The relegation zone competes against the playoffs on Saturday when Oxford United and Reading meet in their latest League One clash.

The two teams are at complete opposite ends of the table and require points for drastically different reasons in what is a crucial game for each.

We say: Oxford United 0-1 Reading

Oxford United will be the favourites walking into this weekend due to the league positions of each club, but recent form tells a different story.

Reading have been grinding out results against some of League One's strongest teams lately, and Saturday could provide another upset.

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Bolton vs. Barnsley (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Bolton Wanderers will welcome Barnsley to Lancashire on Saturday in a key contest at the top end of the League One table.

The two teams are currently separated by five points, with the hosts sat in the automatic promotion spots and their visitors remaining fifth after a disappointing defeat last weekend.

We say: Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Barnsley

We anticipate a close encounter between two sides full of quality on Saturday but give a slight edge to the hosts, who have more momentum on their side and their sights set on taking top spot in the coming weeks.

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Burton Albion vs. Lincoln (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Burton Albion's Jonny Smith celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal on November 27, 2022© Reuters

Burton Albion will be aiming to move level on points with Lincoln City in League One by beating them at Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors have failed to win any of their last nine league games, with five of those matches ending as draws.

We say: Burton Albion 0-0 Lincoln City

Both of these teams prefer to soak up possession before hitting their opponents in transition, meaning they may struggle to adapt to taking the game to each other on Saturday.

They were both involved in 0-0 stalemates last weekend, and we would not be surprised to see another one play out at Pirelli Stadium.

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Charlton vs. Derby (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Derby County will be looking to claim a second consecutive victory when they travel to The Valley for Saturday's League One clash with Charlton Athletic.

The visitors, who currently occupy 18th place, will be desperate to end their poor run of form, having failed to win any of their last 11 league matches.

We say: Charlton Athletic 1-2 Derby County

Derby have tended to enjoy themselves on their travels this season, and we think they will produce another successful away performance when they face a Charlton side low on confidence following an 11-game winless league run.

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Cheltenham vs. Wycombe (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Wycombe Wanderers' Brandon Hanlan celebrates scoring their first goal on January 11, 2022© Reuters

Cheltenham Town will be aiming to bounce back from successive defeats in League One when they host Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

The visitors will head into the encounter four points clear of the relegation zone, and eight points ahead of Cheltenham.

We say: Cheltenham Town 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe have been one of the draw specialists in League One in recent weeks, drawing six of their last nine games. They would likely take another point on Saturday in order to maintain their eight-point lead over Cheltenham in the table.

Given that Cheltenham have lost their last two matches, they could be forgiven for accepting avoiding defeat, too. However, time is running out for them to start putting wins on the board in order to survive this season, but we can see these sides sharing the spoils.

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Exeter vs. Bristol Rovers (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Exeter City's Ryan Trevitt celebrates scoring their first goal on October 31, 2023© Reuters

Exeter City will be hoping to earn a third successive victory when they host Bristol Rovers in League One on Saturday.

The visitors, meanwhile, ended a four-match losing streak by beating Oxford United last weekend.

We say: Exeter City 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers' matches are usually high scoring, and with Exeter rediscovering some decent form since returning to winning ways on Boxing Day, we see no reason why this meeting would be any different.

Exeter defeated the Gas very recently in a rescheduled fixture, but we can envisage the visitors gaining some revenge after putting in a good performance when beating Oxford last time out.

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Fleetwood vs. Port Vale (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Port Vale manager Andrew Crosby reacts on December 19, 2023© Reuters

Fleetwood Town will attempt to end a 14-game game unbeaten in all competitions when they welcome Port Vale to Highbury Stadium for Saturday's contest.

Like their hosts, Port Vale will also be desperate to claim all three points after failing to win any of their last three matches.

We say: Fleetwood Town 1-1 Port Vale

Both teams will be determined to claim three points to assist their survival efforts, but with the two sides finding wins hard to come by, we think they will have to settle for a share of the spoils in Saturday's contest.

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Leyton Orient vs. Carlisle (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Carlisle United's quest to secure survival in League One continues this Saturday when they make the trip to face Leyton Orient.

The hosts are currently in 10th place and head into the match on the back of a six-match run without a defeat.

We say: Leyton Orient 3-0 Carlisle United

This match looks routine on paper due to the recent form and league positions of both teams, and while anything can happen in football it should be a simple win for Leyton Orient.

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Peterborough vs. Wigan (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Peterborough United return to action in the League One when they go head to head with Wigan Athletic at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday evening.

Both sides head into the weekend off the back of contrasting results, with the Posh claiming a third home win on the spin and the visitors suffering a narrow home defeat at the hands of Stevenage.

We say: Peterborough United 2-1 Wigan Athletic

While Wigan will be looking to return to winning ways, they are in for a tough 90 minutes against a spirited Peterborough side. The Posh have won their last three home games and we fancy them to come out on top this weekend.

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Portsmouth vs. Northampton (Saturday, 3.00pm)

Northampton Town manager Jon Brady pictured in May 2022© Reuters

Portsmouth will attempt to extend their unbeaten run to four matches when they welcome Northampton Town to Fratton Park on Saturday.

The hosts are currently sitting top of the League One table, while the visitors head into the weekend in ninth position.

We say: Portsmouth 3-1 Northampton Town

With the Cobblers struggling with injuries, they could probably do without an away game against the current league leaders.

While they may have lost just one of their last five away league matches, Northampton have lost each of their previous four away meetings with Portsmouth, and we think that run will continue with a defeat on Saturday.

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Shrewsbury vs. Cambridge (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Separated by just a single point in the third-tier standings, Shrewsbury Town will do battle with Cambridge United at The Croud Meadow on Saturday afternoon in League One.

The Shrews ended their losing run with an away success at Northampton Town last time out, while the U's were forced to share the spoils with Burton Albion.

We say: Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Cambridge United

Shrewsbury were impressive during their win at Northampton last time out, and Hurst's men will be confident of recording back-to-back victories in League One.

Cambridge are beginning to stutter in this third-tier campaign, and we are envisaging another tough away out for the U's on Saturday afternoon.

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Stevenage vs. Blackpool (Saturday, 3.00pm)

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

Fresh off the back of reaching the EFL Trophy semi-finals, Blackpool journey to the Lamex Stadium to take on Stevenage in round 31 of the League One on Saturday.

Having lost each of the last three meetings between the sides, Boro will head into the weekend desperate to get one over the visitors and move into the promotion playoff places.

We say: Stevenage 2-1 Blackpool

With just three points separating Stevenage and Blackpool, we anticipate a thrilling contest between the sides in a race for a playoff spot. Boro have been rock-solid at home in recent weeks and we see them scraping all three points in front of their home supporters.

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3Bolton WanderersBolton452511983483586
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough442581186563083
6Lincoln CityLincoln4520141165382774
7Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4521111377552274
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11Wycombe WanderersWycombe441613155854461
12Exeter CityExeter451710184559-1461
13Wigan AthleticWigan451910166156559
14Northampton TownNorthampton45178205665-959
15Bristol Rovers45169205266-1457
16Charlton AthleticCharlton451120146464053
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury45139233464-3048
19Cambridge UnitedCambridge441210223860-2246
20Burton Albion451210233964-2546
21Cheltenham TownCheltenham44118253863-2541
RFleetwood TownFleetwood45913234672-2640
RPort Vale451010254174-3340
RCarlisle UnitedCarlisle4579294179-3830

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