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It’s full focus on League One and League Two this weekend, with the Championship pausing for internationals, and EFL pundit Gab Sutton is back with a fancied fivefold.

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Wycombe to win at Charlton – 17/10

Wycombe might not have had the most pulsating start to life under Matt Bloomfield on paper, with two wins in six since club legend Gareth Ainsworth left for QPR.

There have been positive signs, though, and we have already seen flashes of what a Bloomfield Wanderers side might look like, which is impressive work, to say that he’s taken over at such a high-stakes point of the season.

The Chairboys lost 1-0 to Barnsley last week, through a late goal, but they had the better of the play against a bang in-form automatic promotion contender, which shows ‘Blooms’ has been able to implement his methods effectively.

Lewis Wing has always been an important player to Wyc this season, but especially so now the team aims to have more prolonged spells of possession under Bloomfield and open teams up in different ways, even if Ainsworth had evolved the style slightly towards the end of his tenure.

With Wing pulling the strings, Brandon Hanlan pressing from the front and Tjay de Barr and Chem Campbell bringing quality out wide – a player of Garath McCleary’s fitness and quality being in the mix as well – this team can create chances.

Charlton, meanwhile, are missing goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott, defenders Todd Kane, Lucas Ness and Terell Thomas, speedy wide man Corey Blackett-Taylor, enigmatic forward Chuks Aneke and likely striker Miles Leaburn.

The Addicks’ Play-Off hopes had died a long time ago, although Dean Holden’s side do come into this contest off the back of successive away victories.

Portsmouth to beat Port Vale - Evens

Eyebrows were raised when John Mousinho got the nod to replace Danny Cowley as Portsmouth boss in January, but the former Oxford coach has won over many early sceptics.

The midfielder-turned-centre-back has shown excellent media handling and motivational skills, and his in-game management has proved shrewd for someone who has only just officially retired from playing.

In fact, Pompey have accrued an impressive 26 points from 14 league games since Mousinho took charge, which would equate to 85 points if extrapolated over a full season - enough for a comfortable Play-Off spot if not an automatic promotion push.

Such a stark turnaround was unexpected, when at the time of his appointment, much of the Blue Army were anticipating a summer of change being required for the club to compete at the top in 2023-24, but Mousinho’s impact suggests it’ll be a case of evolution rather than revolution.

Although, Portsmouth still have a shot at the Play-Offs this season: thanks to their form, they’re now seven points off the top six with a game in hand, and a favourable run of fixtures ahead.

Pompey have six of the bottom nine to play in their next seven, as well as a Shrewsbury side who may be out of the reckoning by 15th April, so crunch clashes with Derby and Wycombe could be a grand finale.

Any sort of drama is unlikely for Port Vale, who may only need another couple of points to beat the drop, but Darrell Clarke’s side are light at the back and in wing-back spots, so it could be an arduous trip to Fratton Park.

Northampton to win at Doncaster – 21/20

Northampton have had a list of absentees stretching, at times, into double figures in the last few weeks, and it’s a credit to manager Jon Brady that this hasn’t hampered their promotion bid.

The Cobblers are unbeaten in their last six league games, with one defeat in 11, after three successive 1-0 home victories over Crawley, Mansfield and Crewe.

Unlike last season, though, when Teyn won a lot of tight home games 1-0 via a set piece, more recently they’ve dominated some of those matches, and while it’s been a narrow margin of victory, they’ve created enough chances to score three or four.

Mitch Pinnock, the team’s star creator last season, is back fit again, after coming off the bench against Crewe last week, while a front-three of Sam Hoskins, Kieron Bowie and Louis Appere have complemented one another well.

Shaun McWilliams might be missed in midfield, but Jack Sowerby, William Hondermarck and Marc Leonard have thrived, and Brady has adapted in-season to find a formula that keeps his side competitive.

Doncaster boss Danny Schofield, meanwhile, hasn’t always shown that adaptability himself – his belief is in a settled system, in his case 3-4-3 – but it hasn’t worked so well of late, with his side having won just one of their previous seven.

Carlisle to win at Gillingham – 11/8

A home defeat for a resurgent Gillingham side might seem a surprising pick, to say that the Kent outfit have won six of their last seven at home, and have kept clean sheets in half their 14 games since the Brad Galinson takeover rejuvenated the club.

However, the Gills have still come up short against the better sides – it’s two points from ten against top eight opposition, and even only one point from three even since the aforementioned turning point.

Neil Harris’ side still haven’t yet proved that they can compete with the cream of the crop in League Two, and it may take another transfer window of quality over quantity to achieve that objective.

Carlisle, meanwhile, had a blip in February with one point from three, but then they had been the victims of a smash-and-grab by Harrogate, they had been arguably the better side at Wimbledon and only drew, before a freak 4-0 loss to Mansfield, but since then they’ve responded.

In fact, Paul Simpson’s troops are unbeaten in six, thanks to excellent performances from versatile defender Jon Mellish, attacking left wing-back Jack Armer, tenacious Callum Guy and midfield all-rounder Owen Moxon.

United didn’t have any depth in the first half of the season due to an astonishing injury list, but now ‘Simmo’ can call on the likes of Omari Patrick, John-Kymani Gordon and Joe Garner to change a game from the bench.

Leyton Orient to win at Hartlepool – 3/4

Relegation strugglers Hartlepool battled for an unlikely point at promotion-chasing Bradford last time out, meaning it’s three draws in succession since John Askey took charge.

Pools have shown flashes of good football under Askey, as energetic midfielder Callum Cooke, tricky forward Dan Kemp and physical front-man Josh Umerah hold the keys to their survival bid.

Results under Askey offer some encouragement, and would have been welcomed had he taken charge in January or early February, but relegation rivals Crawley have taken seven points from three and thus are now two points better off with a game in hand at a crucial stage.

The task for the County Durham outfit is to keep the gap at a maximum of two points between now and 22nd April, when they host Crawley at Victoria Park and have an opportunity to leapfrog them.

Leyton Orient though, are very strong: Richie Wellens’ side are unbeaten in their last eight league games, albeit having drawn their last three.

Wellens admitted his side weren’t at their best against Colchester last week, and they let slip a two-goal lead on 88 minutes – that result and performance might have rattled their cage.

The Mancunian motivator still has the option of bringing the quality of Charlie Kelman and Kieran Sadlier into his starting XI, while ball-carrier Idris El Mizouni, creator George Moncur and skilful Paul Smyth are all capable of a star performance.

Bet365 Acca

  • Wycombe to win at Charlton – 17/10
  • Portsmouth to beat Port Vale – Evens
  • Northampton to win at Doncaster – 21/20
  • Carlisle to win at Gillingham – 11/8
  • Leyton Orient to win at Hartlepool – 3/4

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