League One: Preview and prediction 10/01/15

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The League One campaign gets back underway this weekend after most third tier sides had games postponed due to cup commitments.

Michael Hale looks ahead to the year's first full weekend of football...

Saturday 10th

Bristol City vs Notts County

Prediction: 3-0

The League's joint leaders will be looking to push ahead of promotion rivals Swindon with three points as the out-of-form Notts County visit Ashton Gate.

The two sides' current form couldn't be more different with 10th placed County having won just one of the last eight whereas City have come out on top in seven of their last nine league games.

For that reason I predict a comfortable victory for City.

Sheffield United vs Preston

Prediction: 1-1

Despite the Blades being just three positions below the Whites they are 12 points adrift of their promotion rivals and come into the game having not won in their last six league games.

Both sides will come into the tie with confidence however with Preston displaying impressive league form and United shocking QPR 3-0 at Loftus Road in the cup last weekend.

I predict a tight affair at Bramall Lane this saturday.

Crawley vs MK Dons

Prediction: 0-2

Relegation threatened Crawley face the league's top goal scorers and lowest conceders in MK Dons on Saturday.

Crawley's poor form has seen them not win any of the last nine games, the Dons are coming into the game on a two-game losing run after being knocked out of the cup and former MK striker Izale Mcleod will be keen to make an impression when facing the club he left in the summer.

MK should have enough to see of 21st placed Crawley despite their recent setback at home to Walsall.

Bradford vs Rochdale

Prediction: 2-1

This fixture sees another two teams coming into the game in contrasting forms with Bradford's recent run seeing them climb into the playoff positions moving ahead of ninth placed Rochdale.

Both sides remain in the cup with Bradford facing a replay at Valley Parade due to Millwall's late equaliser and Rochdale progressing 1-0 at home to Championship Nottingham Forest.

I can see Rochdale running Bradford close but City should just about have enough to get another three points at Valley Parade.

Chesterfield vs Port Vale

Prediction: 1-0

It's seventh vs eighth at the Proact stadium this weekend with both sides coming into the game in good form.

Chesterfield should have enough to edge the Valiants at home.

Peterborough vs Colchester

Prediction: 0-1

The Posh have been surprisingly poor this season and many fans want Darren Ferguson sacked.

Colchester have improved recently on the other hand but still reside in the relegation zone.

I have a funny feeling that Colchester could pile on more misery for Peterborough as they fall further away from the top six.

Leyton Orient vs Fleetwood

Prediction: 2-1

Leyton Orient reside seven places below 12th placed Fleetwood but I fancy the O's to take three points at home.

Orient have won the last two games comfortably over Crawley and Yeovil respectively and should be able to climb further away from the relegation zone with victory at Brisbane road.

Walsall vs Scunthorpe

Prediction: 1-1

Walsall will come into the game with confidence after their late 2-0 first leg victory over Preston in the JPT.

Scunthorpe however also have reason to be confident after four wins in the last six games and could pick up another point on the road tomorrow.

Oldham vs Doncaster

Prediction: 0-2

Everyone at Oldham Athletic has been involved in a media storm regarding Ched Evans and with the convicted rapist's case still fresh in the minds Doncaster could snatch three points at Boundary Park.

Rovers sit one place behind the Latics and are unbeaten in three whereas Oldham have lost three on the bounce.

Barnsley vs Yeovil

Prediction: 1-1

Both sides come into the game having lost four of the last six league games but bottom of the table Yeovil should have picked up confidence from running Manchester United close in the cup.

I think it'll be honours even as 17th placed Barnsley as take on the newly resistant Yeovil.

Crewe vs Gillingham

Prediction: 2-0

Despite being in the relegation zone Crewe have picked up good results recently including four points from games against Bristol City and Preston.

Crewe can push ahead of Gillingham with a win.

Monday 12th

Coventry vs Swindon

Prediction: 0-2

Swindon may be playing catch up by the time Monday's game comes around but Town should be able to see off Coventry will relative ease.

They come into the game having won seven of their last nine league games and should pick up another three points at the Ricoh Arena on Monday evening.

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