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The state of play: The possible ups and downs in The Football League

8 April 2016

We’ve reached the business end of the 2015/16 season, and titles, promotions and relegations are on the horizon.

This weekend could see movement across all three Football League divisions, so here’s the state of play going into Matchday 41…

Sky Bet Championship

Bolton Wanderers’ relegation fate could be sealed this weekend, when they travel to face Sky Bet Championship Play-Off chasers Derby County.

Preview: Sky Bet Championship - Matchday 41

The Trotters need to win to hang on to their place in the division, and anything less will see them demoted to Sky Bet League 1. That may not be enough, however, should Rotherham United continue their fine form, against Milton Keynes Dons. If the Millers pick up three points at stadiummk, then that will see Bolton down regardless of their result at the iPro.

Sky Bet League 1

Crewe Alexandra could find themselves relegated to Sky Bet League 2 on Saturday, should results go against them.

The Railwaymen are currently 15 points from safety ahead of a short trip to Port Vale, but victory would see Steve Davis’ side hang onto their Sky Bet League 1 status, regardless of scores elsewhere.

Preview: Sky Bet League 1 - Matchday 41

A defeat, though, combined with points for both Blackpool and Fleetwood Town, would send the Alex down. If the points are shared at Vale Park, then it would take a whole host of results to send Crewe packing. Blackpool and Fleetwood would both need to win, while Chesterfield and Shrewsbury Town would also have to pick up at least a point in their respective fixtures. 

Sky Bet League 2

Northampton Town will be crowned champions of Sky Bet League 2 if they beat Bristol Rovers on Saturday, and Oxford United fail to win at Crawley Town.

Three points for the Cobblers would guarantee promotion, regardless of other results. If the points are shared at Sixfields, Chris Wilder’s men will go up if Plymouth Argyle and Accrington Stanley fail to win. Argyle host AFC Wimbledon, while Stanley travel to Luton Town.

Preview: Sky Bet League 2 - Matchday 41

If Northampton’s 18-match unbeaten run is brought to an end by the Pirates, they can still seal their promotion should Plymouth and Stanley lose.

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