League One: Preview and Predictions 24/01/15

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Seven League One games take place this weekend, despite six third-tier sides continuing the Football League's fight to make a mark in this year's FA Cup.

League form has to be priority for all though, with the promotion race still very up there for the taking if consistency can be found over the next few months.

That in mind Michael Hale looks ahead to this Saturday’s fixtures, with the pressure on to find form.

MK Dons vs Barnsley

Prediction: 2-0

With both Swindon and Bristol City undertaking cup commitments this weekend MK Dons have a chance to close the gap on the top two, when they take on 16th placed Barnsley at Stadium:MK.

The Dons were dealt a blow on Thursday through manager Karl Robinson receiving a four game touchline ban but were boosted by signing former-Tykes striker Devante Cole on loan until the end of the season from Manchester City.

Despite Robinson’s ban the Dons should have the strike power to gain a comfortable victory at home to the under-performing Tykes who lost the reverse fixture 5-3 at Oakwell.

Notts County vs Peterborough

Prediction: 1-1

9th-placed Notts County face 15th placed Peterborough at the County ground this Saturday with both sides hoping to rejuvenate their season.

Both sides currently reside in the bottom four of the form table despite both sides starting the season with hopes of challenging for the top six or more in Peterborough’s case certainly.

Neither side will be particularly confident going into the tie and that’s why I think a low scoring draw is the most likely result.

Port Vale vs Crewe

Prediction: 2-1

Both Port Vale and Crewe have won three of their last five league one fixtures and will both come into the game with relative confidence.

Vale’s recent good form has seen them move to within a point of the playoffs whereas Crewe are only in the relegation zone due to have a heavy goal difference deficit.

Despite Crewe’s recent improvement the Valiants should have enough to squeeze past their relegation-threatened local rivals.

Fleetwood vs Crawley

Prediction: 2-0

Both Fleetwood and Crawley lost their last league one games to Oldham and Rochdale respectively.

Crawley currently sit in 23rd place in the table and only don’t sit bottom of league one due to scoring more goals than bottom of the table Yeovil.

Fleetwood should have enough to see of the out of form Crawley who have failed to win any of their last 12 fixtures meaning they haven’t picked up three points since their October triumph over Walsall.

Gillingham vs Oldham

Prediction: 2-2

Both sides won their games last time out against Coventry and Fleetwood respectively and will be hoping to attain another three points on Saturday.

The Gills have won just two of their last eight home games, a run which has seen them fall to 19th in the table and will be hoping to extend their safety buffer from relegation to five points depending on other results.

Oldham could move into the playoffs with a win depending on other results but I think the two sides will cancel each other out at the Priestfield Stadium.

Yeovil vs Coventry

Prediction: 1-0

Both sides will come into the game lacking confidence with Yeovil sitting at the foot of the table and Coventry having lost two on the bounce.

Yeovil have however picked up good results recently beating promotion challenging Bradford before earning a point at Deepdale at Preston.

Yeovil look the more likely to sneak this one despite being poor at home for most of the season.

Colchester vs Leyton Orient

Prediction: 0-1

A relegation dog fight sees 22nd placed Colchester face 20th placed Leyton Orient in the final league one game this Saturday.

Both sides have won one, drawn one, and lost one of their last three and a tight affair is too expected when they play this weekend.

Colchester could leapfrog Orient with a win but I can see the Londoners snatching a vital three points which would see them propel themselves a bit further from the bottom four.

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Preston North End
Port Vale
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Crewe Alexandra
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Crawley Town
Oldham Athletic
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