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Sky Bet League 2: The race for promotion

15 April 2016

With Northampton Town's promotion to Sky Bet League 1 confirmed, the chase is now on for three teams to join them.

As many as five clubs will still fancy their chances of achieving a top-three place, while a host of sides are still battling away to reach the Play-Offs.

We've compiled an overview of the teams still in the hunt for a place in Sky Bet League 1:

Oxford United (2nd – 76 points)

Michael Appleton's side look likely to be one of the teams to join the Cobblers in Sky Bet League 1. 

The U's are currently four points ahead of fourth-placed Bristol Rovers with just five games left to play. Oxford are at home to Luton Town this weekend having gone five games without defeat.

Accrington Stanley (3rd – 74 points)

After a seven-match unbeaten run, Accrington Stanley currently hold the third and final automatic promotion position in Sky Bet League 2.

John Coleman's side have enjoyed a fantastic season against the odds and have destiny in their own hands. Should they win all of their remaining games, three of which at home, they will clinch promotion.

Bristol Rovers (4th – 72 points)

Rovers are chasing a second successive promotion having won the Conference Play-Off Final last season.

They have played themselves into contention having won seven of their last nine league fixtures and do not play any of the top seven in their season run-in. 

Plymouth Argyle (5th – 71 points)

The Pilgrims were top of the league earlier in the season but a run of just two wins in their last eight has made their promotion challenge slightly more difficult.

Adebayo Akinfenwa's late header cost them a point against AFC Wimbledon last weekend and they face a tricky trip to fellow promotion hopefuls Portsmouth this weekend.

Portsmouth (6th – 69 points)

Pompey are still in contention but that match with Plymouth is one of a number of games against teams in and around them.

Paul Cook's side face a very difficult run-in, still needing to play the Pilgrims, Wycombe Wanderers, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton Town.

AFC Wimbledon (7th – 62 points)

Three sides are currently tied on 62 points, with AFC Wimbledon occupying the final Play-Off spot with a superior goal difference. 

Neal Ardley's side have secured back-to-back wins to keep them above the chasing pack, however they still need to play Leyton Orient and Portsmouth before the season finishes.

Wycombe Wanderers (8th – 62 points)

Manager Gareth Ainsworth said a short while ago that his players had reached their points target for the season and could then play with “no fear”.

The Chairboys were defeated in last year's Play-Off Final and a top-seven place this time around is still within their grasp. However, their last three games are against teams in the top six. 

Exeter City (9th – 62 points)

After a run of nine games without defeat, Exeter are a side with momentum as the regular season approaches its conclusion. 

They are only outside the top seven on goal difference only but face two of the top four within the next 10 days, including table-topping Northampton this Saturday.

Carlisle United (10th – 60 points)

Manager Keith Curle has challenged his side to win their last five games as Carlisle look to mount a late promotion charge. 

The Cumbrians have consistently been in the mix all season and are just two points behind AFC Wimbledon, although they have played one game more.

Leyton Orient (11th – 60 points)

As the O's look for an immediate return to Sky Bet League 1 there's been a change at the helm with Andy Hessenthaler taking over until the end of the season, while Kevin Nolan will focus on playing duties after being in charge for 15 games.

Orient still have to play both Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon, games which could prove pivotal to their end position.

Cambridge United (12th – 59 points)

Last weekend's win over Newport County ensured Cambridge remained in the hunt for a top-seven finish. 

Shaun Derry's men are three points and five places shy of AFC Wimbledon, but this gap could be cut if they can overcome Carlisle United this weekend.


Mansfield and Luton Town both have 56 points, while Barnet are two further back on 54. All three teams can still mathematically reach the top seven but it is likely they will need to win all of their remaining games with other results going their way.

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