BACK at the beginning of March, I predicted that Oxford United would finish the season on 78 points. With four games to go, the U’s are eight points shy of that forecast.

When the crystal ball previously came out, United had 10 games still to play, and of the six matches to have taken place since, my predictions have been pretty bang on.

I said the U’s would beat Cheltenham Town 2-1, and win 2-0 at Port Vale, both of which were on the money, while there have been correct results against Bolton Wanderers, Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion.

The only one to let me down was the Shrewsbury Town clash, when I backed United to win, and if not for a late equaliser that would’ve been the case.

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As a huge week beckons for the U’s, it felt like the right time to revisit my predictions, while also having a crack at how United’s promotion rivals will fare between now and the end of the season.


Barnsley 2-1 Reading

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Portsmouth

Carlisle United 0-1 Blackpool

Derby County 2-0 Leyton Orient

Lincoln City 2-1 Wigan Athletic

OXFORD UNITED 1-1 Peterborough United

Stevenage 1-0 Burton Albion


Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

OXFORD UNITED 1-1 Lincoln City

Peterborough United 3-0 Fleetwood Town

Portsmouth 2-1 Barnsley

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OXFORD UNITED 2-1 Stevenage


Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley

Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Port Vale

Bristol Rovers 2-2 Peterborough United

Cambridge United 1-1 Derby County

Cheltenham Town 0-1 Lincoln City

Portsmouth 2-1 Wigan Athletic


Cheltenham Town 0-2 Peterborough United


Barnsley 2-1Northampton Town

Derby County 3-1 Carlisle United

Exeter City 0-2 OXFORD UNITED

Lincoln City 1-1 Portsmouth

Peterborough United 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Reading 0-1 Blackpool

Stevenage 1-2 Cheltenham Town

The above results would see the top of the League One table remain exactly the same in terms of team position, leaving Portsmouth and Derby County to take the automatic promotion slots on 98 and 90 points respectively.

The play-off spots would then see Bolton Wanderers (89), Peterborough United (86), Barnsley (81) and Oxford United (78) fight it out for promotion. Lincoln City (76), Blackpool (74) and Stevenage (70) would miss out on the top six.