League One preview
The battle for second place between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United will finally be decided as the campaign reaches its conclusion.
Last Updated: 04/05/12 12:25pm
The battle for second place between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United will finally be decided as the League One campaign reaches its conclusion this weekend.
With Charlton having already secured the trophy and the relegation scrap wrapped up - with Wycombe, Chesterfield, Exeter and Rochdale condemned to life in League Two next season - all eyes will be on the Steel City battle for the final automatic promotion place, with just a point separating the local rivals.
The final play-off spot is also yet to be decided, with Notts County and Carlisle still in contention to edge a place at the expense of sixth-placed Stevenage.
After weeks of breathing down the neck of Sheffield United, second place is Sheffield Wednesday's to lose after leapfrogging their rivals last weekend with victory at Brentford, while the Blades dropped crucial points at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Stevenage.
The Owls host relegated Wycombe at Hillsborough on Saturday knowing a win will secure them promotion back to the Championship.
Sheffield United also face relegated opposition at Exeter and will be hoping for three points coupled with a Wednesday slip-up, which would see them climb into the second tier ahead of their neighbours.
Stevenage will be feeling the heat when they host Bury, knowing anything other than a win could see them ousted from their play-off berth, but will be buoyed by the important point they earned at Bramall Lane last weekend.
Notts County sit level on points with Stevenage and only out of the top six on goal difference, but could still make the play-offs with victory at home to Colchester if other results go their way.
Carlisle are a point behind the Magpies but could upset the odds to claim the final play-off place when they travel to Oldham.
Fourth-placed MK Dons entertain Walsall knowing they are already guaranteed a spot in the play-offs, while the Saddlers can breathe easy after avoiding relegation.
Huddersfield will be the Dons' play-off opponents after securing fifth place and end the regular season at home to 16th-placed Yeovil Town.
Champions Charlton will look to crown their title-winning season in style at home to Hartlepool, who are set to finish in mid-table.
Leyton Orient can relax after avoiding the drop when they host relegated Rochdale, who appear set to finish bottom.
Chesterfield's relegation was confirmed last weekend and they will close the door on a disappointing campaign with a home encounter against ninth-placed Brentford.
A mid-table finish is the best Bournemouth can aim for as they host Preston, while Tranmere have the same ambition as they complete their season at home to Scunthorpe.