With games coming thick and fast and an end in sight the race for promotion in league two really heating up. We take a look into who will go up automatically, and which teams will miss out and have to settle for the playoffs.
Currently Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United sit in the automatic promotion places but others including Luton and Portsmouth going all out catch them. So lets take a look into the sides who will go up via the top three and those who will contest the playoffs.
Doncaster currently sit comfortably at the top of the league. Donny are twelve points clear of Luton Town in fourth and look like they are heading for a swift return to league one. The main aim now will clearly be to keep ahead of second place Plymouth to claim the league title. A goalless draw away to Crawly Town last time out kept them in a strong position. Now it seams like its only a matter of time until Doncaster confirm promotion back to league one. Struggles Chelternham Town are Doncaster’s next opponents, who on paper should be an easy win for the South Yorkshire based club.
The Pilgrims are sitting comfortably in second place and are eight points clear of the play offs. Argyle disposed of Carlisle at the weekend to increase the gap between the two sides to seven points. Plymouth look very likely to go up automatically and could easily catch Doncaster to be crowned champions. Plymouth host Blackpool in the next match, which could be a test for the Devon Club, with Blackpool coming off the back of a solid 3-1 defeat over local rivals Morecambe.
Carlisle are in third place but are only one point clear of fourth and have played a game extra than both Luton and Portsmouth. The Cumbrians had an extraordinary start to the campaign but without a win in the last three Carlisle are in huge danger of dropping out of the top three and into a playoff place. United play Cambridge next before hosting an in-form Luton Town side in what could be a potential six pointer in this race for promotion.
The Hatters are currently in fourth place, but are only one point behind Carlisle in a promotion place with a game in hand on their promotion rivals. Luton had an impressive 4-0 away win against Yeovil Town in there last outing and are undefeated in six league games. Going on current form and with the help of Danny Hylton’s prolific scoring record, the Hatters are looking to be favourites to take that third spot. Up next for the Bedfordshire based club is Stevenage, who are in great form themselves, sitting in sixth with three wins in there last three games.
Pompey currently sit fifth, just two points off Carlisle in the last automatic promotion place. The club from the south coast were one of the favourites to go up automatically after a confident 2-0 win over third placed Carlisle United. But after only taking one point from the last two games, including a 1-0 loss at home to Crewe last time out, Portsmouth’s inconsistency is costing them, and will need to put a run of wins together if they do not want to go through the lottery of the playoffs again. Next Portsmouth travel to mid table Crawly Town, who come off the back of a hard fought scoreless draw at home against Doncaster.
Stevenage and Exeter currently hold the last two playoff spots but it is no way a formality that they will stay in those places. Both unlikely to catch up with third place, Stevenage are three points and Exeter two points clear of Mansfield in eight. Mansfield, Colchester and Wycombe all have good chances of claiming one of those tight playoffs places.
Likely top seven in May
Its going to be an exiting end the the campaign with a number of teams battling it out to earn the right to host league one football next year. But who will it be that go up? We will have to wait and see.