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What it takes to win the Sky Bet League 2 title - Burton Albion

2 April 2015

Burton Albion go into the Easter weekend sitting three points clear at the top of Sky Bet League 2, but how many points will they need to clinch the title?

The Brewers' two weekend outings see them face tricky ties away at seventh-placed Plymouth Argyle and at home to Wycombe Wanderers, who are third. To pick up six points is a tough ask, but they have plenty of cause for optimism after grabbing four wins and a draw from their last five.

If they can collect the maximum haul over Easter, they would move to 83 points, which is just a point shy of the figure set by champions Chesterfield last season, and with five fixtures still to play.

In the campaign prior to the Spireites’ success, 83 points was enough to clinch the League 2 title. Gillingham were the eventual winners that year, despite a late surge from Rotherham United.

Chesterfield won the division in 2010/11 too, with a tally of 86 points picked up throughout the season, while a couple of years earlier, in 2008/09, Brentford grabbed 85 points on their way to glory.

Based on those statistics, Burton could be forgiven for thinking three wins from their last seven would be enough for the club to pick up their first title as a Football League club, but they remain under intense pressure from Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe and Bury, who sit slightly further back but with a game in hand.

Of course, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would much rather see his side emulate the points marker set by Notts County (2009/10) and Swindon Town (2011/12) who both stormed to success with 93 points, with the Magpies finishing 10 clear of second-placed AFC Bournemouth in their title-winning term.

There was a major exception in 2007/08, when Milton Keynes Dons raced to 97 points to win the title. Peterborough United came second with 92, and Hereford United earned 88 points – enough for the title in four of the next six campaigns.

To see how Burton Albion get on in their quest for the Sky Bet League 2 title, along with the rest of the weekend’s action, follow the League 2 Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague2

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