Battle For Survival In League One

Written by Reece Reddick

With just 10 games left in the season for most, it’s been no doubt an entertaining season in League One and there is still plenty left to fight for, one of those being the battle to avoid the drop to League Two.

I take a look at what teams are still in danger and the likelihood of those teams in danger dropping in to the 4th tier of English football.

It is almost definite to say Coventry will be one of the four sides on their way down. The sky blues sit rock bottom of league 1 and 13 points adrift from safety with just 5 wins all season. Newly appointed manager Mark Robins has a mountain to climb if he is to lead Coventry to another season in league 1, while their fans will be focused more on off the field issues such as huge ownership problems.

Chesterfield also look very likely to be relegated as they sit 23rd, 8 points from safety. However, a crucial 1-0 win away at relegation rivals Swindon have kept hopes alive. The Spireites also have a game in hand over nearly all of their relegation rivals but will still need a very strong end to the season if they are to survive.

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Port Vale are currently 4 points from safety but with 2-3 games in hand over all of their relegation rivals. In what was a good start to the season for Vale, 1 win since mid-November means their season has rapidly turned from a play-off push to a relegation battle. Vale must turn the current run of form around if they are to survive and take advantage of the games in hand.

Swindon are the fourth and final team in the relegation zone and are 3 points behind Oldham, just above the drop. The Robins have faced a large amount of their relegation rivals in the past month and have picked up very mixed results.  They now face a very tough run of games from now until the end of the season, which could be fatal in their hopes of survival.

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Oldham fans will feel confident about survival having been in the division since the 1996-97 season and having only lost 2 games since January. Above them sit Bury a point ahead of Oldham and 4 clear of the drop. They, like Oldham have experienced a good run of form of late having won 4 of their last 6 games and will feel confident about continuing that form and racing away from the drop.

Charlton, Gillingham and Shrewsbury are all 6 points ahead of the drop and will all still fear relegation. Gillingham winning 2 of their last 3 and Shrewsbury winning 4 of their last 7 will feel confident about survival, however Charlton not so much as they’re without a win in their last 7 and have huge ownership problems.

Northampton and MK Dons will both feel close to securing survival sitting 7 points ahead of the drop, while every team above that can feel safe about any relegation worries being at least 11 points clear of the bottom 4.

There is no doubt it will go down to the wire and it will most likely change time and time again from now until the final day. It will be very exciting end to an entertaining season and it will be very interesting to see who those 4 teams are.

Who do you think are going down this season? Let us know in the comments below!