How did our predictions fare for U’s and League One play-off race?

For the U’s to end up a point shy of that, means I can be pretty pleased with my crystal ball.

My initial forecasts were made with 10 games to go, when United were seventh and three points shy of sixth-placed Stevenage.

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 were then 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.

READ AGAIN: Our prediction for how many points U’s will get in final 10 games

Then, with four matches left in the season for the U’s, the crystal ball came back out for some revamped predictions, including for all the runners and riders in the Sky Bet League One promotion race.

The predictions for United at this point went wide of the mark, after forecasting 1-1 draws against Peterborough United and Lincoln City, and a 2-1 win over Stevenage.

Thankfully, for both the U’s play-off push, and a slice of my own personal pride, I said United would win at Exeter City on the final day. The only blemish was that I said the U’s would keep a clean sheet.

READ AGAIN: Our predictions for all the promotion challengers’ run-ins

In addition to the above four games, another 22 matches were made predictions for. But how did I fare?

Just the one correct scoreline across the 26 fixtures – Blackpool’s 1-0 win at Carlisle United – was balanced out with nine correct results. Room for improvement certainly.

One little bit of solace is that I got the top six right, with just United and Barnsley the wrong way round.

See the predictions, and what the results were, in full here.


Barnsley 2-1 Reading (2-2)

Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Portsmouth (1-1)

Carlisle United 0-1 Blackpool (0-1)

Derby County 2-0 Leyton Orient (3-0)

Lincoln City 2-1 Wigan Athletic (1-2)

OXFORD UNITED 1-1 Peterborough United (5-0)

Stevenage 1-0 Burton Albion (1-2)


Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Shrewsbury Town (2-2)

OXFORD UNITED 1-1 Lincoln City (0-1)

Peterborough United 3-0 Fleetwood Town (4-1)

Portsmouth 2-1 Barnsley (3-2)

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OXFORD UNITED 2-1 Stevenage (1-1)


Blackpool 0-0 Barnsley (3-2)

Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Port Vale (2-0)

Bristol Rovers 2-2 Peterborough United (0-2)

Cambridge United 1-1 Derby County (0-1)

Cheltenham Town 0-1 Lincoln City (1-2)

Portsmouth 2-1 Wigan Athletic (1-2)


Cheltenham Town 0-2 Peterborough United (2-0)


Barnsley 2-1Northampton Town (1-1)

Derby County 3-1 Carlisle United (2-0)

Exeter City 0-2 OXFORD UNITED (1-2)

Lincoln City 1-1 Portsmouth (0-2)

Peterborough United 2-2 Bolton Wanderers (3-3)

Reading 0-1 Blackpool (3-2)

Stevenage 1-2 Cheltenham Town (2-1)

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