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A crucial weekend at the foot of Sky Bet League 1

10 April 2015

Take a look at the Sky Bet League 1 table. Then look again, focusing on 15th and below.

While much has been made of the race for promotion in the Sky Bet Championship, it’s League 1 that is providing the closest battle in what is set to be an enthralling climax to the 2014/15 Football League.

Incredibly, nine teams are separated by just four points, from Walsall (15th – 48 points) down to Colchester United (23rd – 44 points).

And this weekend could be crucial in deciding the fate of those teams, with the bottom eight all in action against a fellow bottom-eight side, and the first of the relegation spots potentially being confirmed.

Yeovil Town v Notts County

After six straight defeats, Yeovil are rooted to the foot of the table on 33 points and 13 from safety, with just 15 left on offer. Only a win will prevent the Glovers from becoming the second Football League team to be relegated this season, after Blackpool’s plight was confirmed on Easter Monday.

So it’s a baptism of fire for new boss Paul Sturrock, who will go up against another man in his first game in charge at a club, in Notts County and Ricardo Moniz.

County, in 22nd, are without a win in seven, but have drawn their past three, and sit one point from safety.

Coventry City v Colchester United

Colchester are one place below Notts and two from safety, and they make the trip to Coventry City who are top of this eight-team pile.

The U’s have taken a remarkable 10 points from their past four games to reel in the rest of the pack and are now only two from safety - an unlikely scenario a few weeks ago.

Coventry are one of three teams on 47 points, but have the better goal difference, and a win could see them ease some of the tension around the Ricoh Arena.

Crewe Alexandra v Leyton Orient

Crewe are in the highest relegation spot on goal difference, but have conceded the most goals (70) and so a substantial differential of -33 means they effectively need an extra point to be safe.

The team directly above them are their opponents on Saturday, Leyton Orient, who are out of the drop zone for the first time since January after two wins and a draw in their past three.

The O’s are seven games unbeaten against Crewe, going back to February 2007, but know that if they don’t make it eight then they do have a game in-hand.

Scunthorpe United v Crawley Town

Scunthorpe and Crawley are currently safe going into the weekend’s play, but defeat for either side could see them slip back into danger.

Tied on 47 points, Scunthorpe (-12) are higher than Crawley (-20) based on goal difference, but it’s the visitors who are in the better form, having lost just once in six games, registering 13 points.

Scunthorpe have only one win in their past 11 outings, but that was in their last home game - 2-0 versus Peterborough United.

With some of these teams guaranteed to pick up points, the likes of Port Vale, Walsall and others above the bottom eight will be looking over their shoulders nervously until May.

Follow every Sky Bet League 1 goal as it goes in this weekend on Twitter via @SkyBetLeague1.

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