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Sky Bet League One: Easter preview and promotion and relegation permutations

A look at the latest round of games in Sky Bet League One
A look at the latest round of games in Sky Bet League One

With two of the remaining four games in Sky Bet League One played over the four days of Easter we run through who can go up and down.

At the top, Luton Town will be promoted to the Sky Bet Championship if they win both of their matches and their rivals drop points. Facing two teams fighting to secure their League One status in Accrington and AFC Wimbledon mean it won’t be easy for Mick Harford’s side, especially against a Dons outfit that are unbeaten in three.

Second placed Barnsley got back to winning ways last weekend against Fleetwood and now face Shrewsbury and a long trip to Plymouth, an outfit they’ve failed to beat in their last three meeting.

What a game we witnessed between Sunderland and Coventry last time out – surely a contender for EFL game of the season - as Mark Robin’s side took the spoils 5-4. Sunderland still have a game in hand on the teams above them, but know they cannot dwell on that defeat as Easter will be defining for them with fellow promotion contenders Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough in their way.

The Posh face a difficult process in closing the gap of five points on Rovers, with Fleetwood and the Black Cats up next.

Mick Harford's third game as interim manager saw Luton move to the top of Sky Bet League One.
Mick Harford's Luton can earn promotion to the Sky Bet Championship over Easter

Charlton sit just three off Barnsley and go to Oxford before hosting Scunthorpe. They will be wary of slip ups, having not beaten Oxford in their previous six meetings.

A run of five straight wins have put Portsmouth right in automatic promotion contention again, especially with their game in hand. Burton and Coventry must be seen off to keep that hope alive.


Sky Bet League One Easter Permutations

Luton Town

  • If Luton win both matches (Saturday 20 & Tuesday 23) and Barnsley lose or draw on either Saturday 19 or Monday 22 – Luton are promoted
  • Portsmouth and Sunderland drop three points each from matches on 19 and 22 – Luton are promoted

Bradford City

  • Bradford City will be relegated if they lose to Coventry on Friday.
  • Bradford City will be relegated if they fail to win both matches over Easter

Talking of Mark Robins’ side, they have the potential of making Easter miserable for their opponents. Beating Pompey would dent their automatic dreams, but they could be even more devastating to Bradford City on Friday.

The Bantams have lost their last six games and defeat to Coventry will see City officially relegated back to Sky Bet League Two.

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With 12 points still up for grabs and six points separating 21st to 13th and just eight between 23rd and 13th we know anything can still happen in this unpredictable, ridiculously close and competitive season. That’s especially true with so many of that bottom 12 facing each other over the Bank Holiday weekend.

What a game we have on Friday with second bottom Walsall at home to third bottom Southend. A draw is no good for either side in their fight to get out of the drop zone and expect both sides to really go for it. Who will hold their nerve to get the big points?

For Walsall they then face Wycombe, so know two wins can pull them out of it, and potentially drag the Wanderers into it.

Like Walsall, Wycombe play sides around them, with Rochdale away on the Friday, so know their future is in their own hands.

Dale themselves also have Bristol Rovers, who know two more wins could secure their safety after their injury time win over Bradford last time out.

Blackpool have endured a mix time of late, with one win, two draws and a loss in their last four. Scunthorpe and a middle of the table clash with Fleetwood provide their Easter programme.

Steve Lovell's Gillingham can take a big step towards survival over the Bank Holiday weekend
Steve Lovell's Gillingham can take a big step towards survival over the Bank Holiday weekend

Gillingham are another outfit still looking over their shoulder after no wins in three. Taking on two sides below them in Plymouth and Bradford represents a great chance to move up and away for good, but a bad Easter could suck them right in.

Scunthorpe urgently need to halt a run of no wins in five as they take on Blackpool and Charlton, a side they beat 5-3 back in October.

Burton, destined for a solid top half finish in their first season back in Sky Bet League One, will look to extend their five-match unbeaten run as they host Portsmouth and travel to Southend.

With three points between second and fifth; eight separating sixth and eighth; and eight between 23rd and 13th do not take your eyes of Sky Bet League One over Easter – it could look very different come Tuesday!

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Most Read Football

Get all the latest football gossip from the day's back pages1

Paper Talk: Double trouble

Real Madrid are plotting to land Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba in a dream double swoop this summer, according to one paper today.

2

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This week's Sporting Life Accumulator involves four teams from the Sky Bet EFL, priced up at 22/1 with Sky Bet.

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Mauricio Pochettino celebrates with the Spurs players4

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Dusan Tadic: The Ajax forward celebrates at the Bernabeu5

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