The Real EFL 2023/24 League One Prediction

With just over a week remaining until the start of the new League One season, excitement is beginning to build in anticipation of the new campaign. A 46 game season is near impossible to predict, although The Real EFL writers have tried their luck at just who will be celebrating come May.

League One has proven to be one of the toughest leagues in English football in recent years, with huge clubs such as Sunderland, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and others all having dropped down to the third tier. This season sees three more former Premier League teams drop down, with Reading, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic all hoping for a brief stay in the division.

At the other end, Leyton Orient, Stevenage, Northampton Town and Carlisle United all join from League Two after successful promotion campaigns. Can any of the quartet challenge in the upper reaches of the table?

The Real EFL League One Predictions

We asked our writers to submit their predicted final league table for the coming season, with some surprising results. Below is each writer’s predicted promoted and relegated clubs:


Champions – Bolton Wanderers

Promoted – Charlton Athletic

Play-off winners Portsmouth

RelegatedCambridge United, Fleetwood Town, Cheltenham Town, Stevenage



Champions – Charlton Athletic

Promoted – Derby County

Play-off winners – Bolton Wanderers

Relegated – Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town, Stevenage



Champions – Derby County

Promoted – Peterborough United

Play-off winners – Charlton Athletic

Relegated – Cambridge United, Exeter City, Stevenage, Northampton Town



Champions – Bolton Wanderers

Promoted – Derby County

Play-off winners – Charlton Athletic

Relegated – Cambridge United, Stevenage, Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town



Champions – Derby County

Promoted – Bolton Wanderers

Play-off winners – Portsmouth

Relegated – Port Vale, Northampton Town, Cambridge United, Carlisle United



Champions – Derby County

Promoted – Bolton Wanderers

Play-off winners – Charlton Athletic

Relegated – Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town, Port Vale, Cambridge United



Champions – Derby County

Promoted – Portsmouth

Play-off winners – Charlton Athletic

Relegated – Port Vale, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United, Cambridge United



Champions – Peterborough United

Promoted – Derby County

Play-off winners – Charlton Athletic

Relegated – Shrewsbury Town, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United, Cambridge United



Champions – Derby County

Promoted – Bolton Wanderers

Play-off winners – Portsmouth

Relegated – Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town, Carlisle United, Cambridge United


Final League One Table Prediction

According to our writers, Derby County will return to the Championship at the second attempt, closely followed by Bolton Wanderers.

Portsmouth, Peterborough United, Charlton Athletic and Barnsley will all fight for the third and final promotion spot via the play-offs, with Blackpool and Lincoln City just missing out. Charlton are the overwhelming favourites amongst the team to achieve success at Wembley Stadium next May.

At the other end of the table, Cambridge United are predicted to finish bottom, whilst Cheltenham Town, Northamhapton Town and Carlisle United also slip into League Two. Stevenage – who both Ryan and Jamie predicted to finish bottom – will survive by the skin of their teeth.

Further up the table, Leyton Orient would be satisfied with a 15th placed finish whilst Reading would certainly take a comfortable 10th after their ongoing transfer embargo issues.

Agree with our team? Let us know your predictions at @TheRealEFL1!


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