It is with great surprise that I get to write about how Leyton Orient still have their 100% record for the season in tact but face a tough test in holding on to that record this weekend, when they face Colchester United. The U’s have made an impressive start to the campaign and, like Orient, are yet to lose a match, but with the way Orient are playing I have a feeling that run will come to an end this weekend.
My Prediction: Colchester United 1-3 Leyton Orient
Peterborough United are the only other club in League One who are yet to lose a game and if they are to keep that record they will have to inflict a third straight defeat on Crawley Town, who visit London Road this weekend. Town have had a tough start to the campaign and their hopes of promotion could be over just as they begin. ‘Borough on the other hand look like a team determined to yo-yo themselves back into the Championship at the first attempt.
My Prediction: Peterborough United 1-0 Crawley Town
Like Peterborough, Wolverhampton Wanderers will also be trying their best to gain promotion to the Championship, after being relegated this season. After a shaky draw to open the season they have three wins on the bounce and could make it four against Port Vale on Saturday. However Micky Adam’s side are a side that I still can’t seem to figure out. They are very up and down with their performances but if they play at their best they could easily pull of a surprise win.
My Prediction: Port Vale 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Along with the rest of the top five Brentford have yet to lose a match, posing a tough test to their visitors this weekend Carlisle United, who at the opposite end of the spectrum are yet to win a game this season. This should be a routine win for the Bees but Carlisle need to pick up their performances if they are to edge away from the bottom four.
My Prediction: Brentford 3-0 Carlisle United
During pre-season many would have picked Stevenage Borough to be challenging for promotion, however they only managed to pick up their first win of the campaign last weekend. Meanwhile Bradford City have two League One wins to their name already and lie sixth. The type of football that saw them reach the League Cup final last season could easily see them gain a double promotion in this campaign.
My Prediction: Stevenage Borough 1-1 Bradford City
Walsall will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week against a Preston North End side who are yet to lose a match, but are also yet to win one. Four straight draws for Preston leaves them wondering when that first win will come, whilst Walsall are aware of how it feels to win this season and another victory would be the perfect tonic for that first loss. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if Preston made it a fifth draw.
My Prediction: Walsall 0-0 Preston North End
Despite not yet registering a positive point on the board Coventry City have already cut their 10 point deduction to just three points, a good start for a team who face many off-field problems. Shrewsbury Town look like a typically mid-table side who probably won’t challenge for promotion but play decent football and will have a good enough season.
My Prediction: Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Coventry City
Sheffield United haven’t gotten off to the start they were hoping for, with two losses on the board already, unless they can sort out their defending they may not even make the top six this season. This weekend they face MK Dons, who are one of three sides outside the top five yet to lose a game, and will have to keep that stat going as long as they can if they are to finally end their wait to escape from League One.
My Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 MK Dons
19th play 20th this weekend as Bristol City make the trip to Priestfield the face Gillingham. Both sides have had surprisingly weak starts to the season, something both will want to change as the season progresses. City should finish higher than the Kent side they face on Saturday but you can’t take anything for granted in League One and this should be one interesting contest.
My Prediction: Gillingham 2-3 Bristol City
Two sides on four points face each other this weekend as Crewe Alexandra travel to Swindon Town. Both sides will want to be closer to the top of the table come May and with the style of football they both play that could be a very real possibility. Especially in the case of Swindon, who can expect a promising season if they play to their full potential.
My Prediction: Swindon Town `1-0 Crewe Alexandra
Rotherham United are another side who are still unbeaten this campaign, with one win and three draws, and face a Notts County side who have already lost three games this season and look like a side that are lacking in a couple of vital areas, mainly defensively. This could be an issue considering Rotherham have already scored seven goals this campaign.
My Prediction: Notts County 0-2 Rotherham United
Oldham Athletic make up the last game of the weekend; so far they have two wins and two losses this season. They face Tranmere Rovers who, like Notts County, have lost three games and just the one draw this campaign, they look like a team that are out of sorts and in desperate need of a boost, but I can’t see it coming this weekend.
My Prediction: Oldham Athletic 2-0 Tranmere Rovers