This is why you should be paying attention to the League One promotion battle

Just eleven points separate first to fifth in what looks like the most competitive battle for promotion in all of Britain’s divisions.

Luton finds themselves five points clear at the top of League One, after beating former league leaders Portsmouth 3-2 at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night.

So, who are the contenders?

1st Luton- 65 P, 31GP, +34GD (Prediction: 1st)

Luton are on an incredible run form, going unbeaten in their last 16 games and manager Mick Harford has got the team playing attractive but also productive football.

The Hatters key man in this sensational run of form has been striker James Collins, who has found the net 16 times in this seasons campaign.

Key fixtures:

Charlton (A) 13th April

 

2nd Barnsley- 59P, 30GP, 27+GD (Prediction: 5th)

Led by talisman Keiffer Moore who has scored 15 goals this season, Barnsley are looking strong going into the ‘crunch time’ of the season.

If it wasn’t for Luton’s astonishing run, there’s no doubt Barnsley would be the favourites to win the division. Manager Daniel Stendel, since joining before the start of the season has managed to get his side well equipped to go straight back up to the Championship.

However, losing George Moncur to promotion rivals Luton is a crucial blow.

Key fixtures:

Portsmouth (A) 23rd February

Sunderland (H) 12th March

 

3rd Portsmouth- 58P, 30GP, +19GD (Prediction: 3rd)

Portsmouth has led League One for much of the season but have endured a horrific January, in which they’ve lost their last three games and subsequently their place at the helm of League One.

Kenny Jackett’s men need a bounce back immediately but have helped themselves by bringing in new faces late on in the transfer window.

Most notably, Jackett has loaned in former Everton striker James Vaughan from Wigan, who scored 24 goals in his last season in League One playing for Bury.

Pompey has the squad to go up but need to end this miserable run of form imminently.

Key fixtures:

Barnsley (H) 23rd February

Charlton (A) 9th March

Sunderland (A) 27th April

4th Sunderland- 56P, 28GP, +23GD (Prediction: 2nd)

Most people believed the Black Cats would coast League One and would comfortably win the division with the squad they have.

However, losing top scorer Josh Maya is a crucial blow and Sunderland haven’t found League One as easy as many predicted.

Nevertheless, with the huge squad they have and the size of the club, Sunderland should have enough to go up.

Key fixtures:

Barnsley (H) 12th March

Portsmouth (H) 27th April

 

5th Charlton- 54P, 31GP, +15GD (Prediction: 4th)

Since becoming Charlton manager during last season, Lee Bowyer has transformed fortunes around the Valley.

Bowyer’s men look set for at least a playoff place but will be hoping for more, with their ambition emphasised by the impressive addition of Wales international Jonny Williams from Crystal Palace.

Bowyer and his players should be praised for their ability to ignore the lingering problems off the pitch and thus concentrating on the task at hand.

Key fixtures:

Portsmouth (H) 9th March

Luton (H) 13th April