Third division giants Sunderland visit Weston Homes Stadium on Easter Monday (April 5th, 3pm) for a decisive battle in the automatic promotion race.
Transformed by the arrival of former Bristol City manager Lee Johnson, the Wearsiders have already secured an award by winning the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley earlier this month. They celebrated that triumph – a 1-0 win over second division Tranmere Rovers – like a team that hadn’t won much in 48 years and are now hungry to achieve a famous double by gaining promotion to secure the championship.
The big game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Posh has 10 League One games to go and six are at home, including four of the last six. Posh has other promotion rivals Doncaster (twice), Lincoln, Gillingham and Charlton to play, but given the current form of the first two, they could be less important games when they hit the calendar.
Chic boss Darren Ferguson also has to prepare his team for the games against relegation fighters Swindon and Northampton next month.
The remaining fixtures of all promotion candidates are listed here. Portsmouth and Ipswich Town, both under new managers, seem to have the easiest run-ins along with Oxford United.
Posh and Sunderland are probably having the hardest time and place even more emphasis on the showdown on Easter Monday.
This is what the final table will look like …
ACCRINGTON STANLEY: Current position 12 .. Current points: 53. Remaining games: 11. v Posh (away) L, v Burton (home) W, v Oxford (away) L, v Wimbledon (home) W, v Blackpool (away ) L, Rochdale (away) D., v Doncaster (home) L, v Sunderland (away) L, v Portsmouth (home) D, v Charlton (home) D, Portsmouth (away) L. Estimated points 62. Estimated position 12. I can’t see how they keep up the pace.
GILLINGHAM: Current position: 9 .. Current points: 54. Remaining games: 9. v Rumpf (away) L against Wigan (at home) W against Blackpool (away) D against Shrewsbury (at home) D against Oxford (away) L v Posh (away) L v Northampton (away) W v Burton (away) D v Plymouth (home) W Probable points: 66. Probable position: 11th. The Gills had a great run but it’s hard to see for them to carry on like this. There are too many tough away games.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC: Current position: 7 .. Current points: 56. Remaining games: 9. v Doncaster (away) D against Lincoln (at home) D against Sunderland (away) D against Ipswich (at home) W against Plymouth (away) W against Posh (at home) W against Crewe (at home) W against Accrington (away) D against Rumpf (at home) W. Estimated points: 75. Estimated position: 10 .. If they are unharmed in the next four games , you can push hard for a top 6 result, but you will fail.
OXFORD UNITED: Current position: 11 .. Current points: 53. Remaining games: 10. v Lincoln (home) D – Sunderland (away) L – Accrington (home) W – Crewe (away) W – Shrewsbury (home) W – Gillingham (Away) W – Wimbledon (Away) W versus Plymouth (Home) W versus Shrewsbury (Away) L versus Burton (Home) W. Estimated points: 75. Estimated end: 9th. Make it through the next two games and Oxford could envision a play-off spot again.