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    League One Preview: Derbies ahead as Blackpool face Fleetwood Town and Plymouth Argyle host Portsmouth

    The finishing line is in sight now with clubs fighting for the top six and battling to get away from the dreaded bottom four relegation spots. Here's my take on Saturday's vital games.

    BLACKPOOL v FLEETWOOD TOWN

    A Lancashire coastal derby with bragging rights. Both sides in good form with Pool winning their last two games with a goal tally of eight scored and none conceded. Fleetwood are also in good nick with only one defeat in eight and they had a good win at Oxford in midweek. This should be a hugely entertaining encounter with both clubs safe from the drop but nowhere near the top six.

    Prediction: Score draw

    BRISTOL ROVERS v BLACKBURN ROVERS

    Mid table Gas take on a Rovers side going toe to toe with Wigan for the title. Gas are formidable at home but have nothing to play for whereas Mowbray's men need the points more and have the quality to do just that.

    Prediction: Away win

    BURY v NORTHAMPTON TOWN

    Battle of the "dead men" at Gigg Lane. Neither side are mathematically relegated yet but both look doomed.

    Prediction: Away win

    CHARLTON ATHLETIC v SCUNTHORPE UNITED

    Sixth place Charlton take on ninth place Scunny with only a point between the teams as the play off race enters its final stages. A recent Charlton "wobble" won't stop them claiming the vital three points against an Iron side that are in terrible form right now.

    Prediction: Home win

    MILTON KEYNES v DONCASTER ROVERS

    MK still have a good chance of avoiding the drop despite occupying 22nd place but they have to address their inconsistent form especially at home. Luckily for them they come up against a Donny team with nothing but pride and future contracts to play for.

    Prediction: Home win

    OLDHAM ATHLETIC v GILLINGHAM

    Richie Wellens' Latics missed a chance to pull well clear of the relegation places when they only picked up a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Walsall in midweek. They come up against the Gills who's form has slipped dramatically since safety was assured some weeks ago.

    Prediction: Home win

    OXFORD UNITED v SOUTHEND UNITED

    Karl Robinson's team desperately need results and a change of fortune as they try to address their alarming slide down the table as they host Chris Powell's inconsistent Shrimpers at the Kassam. By all accounts they were unlucky to suffer an agonising last gasp defeat to Fleetwood in midweek and that alone should spur them on to claim the much needed points here.

    Prediction: Home win

    PETERBOROUGH UNITED v ROCHDALE

    The heart attack waiting to happen that is Steve Evans went mental at the ref after last weekend's defeat at Argyle after two players were dismissed and they lost. Oh how I laughed. Keith Hill’s Dale are making a good fist of trying to get out of the relegation places but far too many draws have hampered their efforts. Unfortunately for Dale, play off chasing Posh will be too strong in this one.

    Prediction: Home win

    PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v PORTSMOUTH

    Undoubtedly the game of the day. Both teams on song, both incredibly well supported lock horns at a packed out Home Park. Argyle's form in 2018 has been nothing short of incredible while Pompey have sneaked up almost unnoticed into playoff contention as they did last season as they nicked the L2 title from under the noses of Argyle and Donny on the last day. Argyle's wonderful home form will win out here.

    Prediction: Home win

    WALSALL v AFC WIMBLEDON

    Another massive game at the Bank's between two teams struggling to stay out of relegation trouble. A win for either would give them a certain amount of breathing space but a tense game will ensue with neither team wanting to lose.

    Prediction: Goalless draw

    WIGAN ATHLETIC v ROTHERHAM UNITED

    Paul Cook and the Latics fans expect nothing less than the L1 title at the end of the season. Easily the best team in the division and the play off chasing Millers will have to be at their very best to avoid a repeat of the 3-1 drubbing they suffered to the Latics earlier in the season. Rotherham will give a good account of themselves but Wigan will win this comfortably.

    Prediction: Home win

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