League Two preview
Rochdale can leap to second in the League Two table with victory over Darlington at Spotland on Saturday.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 17/04/09 11:36am
Rochdale can leap to second in the League Two table with victory over Darlington at Spotland on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.
The lunchtime meeting was on course to be a showdown between two promotion hopefuls before the Quakers entered administration at the end of February and were stripped of 10 points by the Football League.
The two teams last met at Spotland in the second leg of last season's play-off semi-finals, with the hosts emerging triumphant following a nail-biting penalty shoot-out after the scores were locked 3-3 on aggregate.
Brentford's promotion to League One can be confirmed on Saturday if they take all three points from their home meeting with Accrington Stanley and Bury fail to defeat Macclesfield at Gigg Lane.
Andy Scott's side look on course to seal the title as they currently hold a four-point cushion over nearest challengers Exeter, who travel to Lincoln this weekend, and have a game in hand over the majority of the chasing pack.
Wycombe, who led the table for long periods earlier in the season, also have four games to go and will be looking to bounce back from their narrow defeat at the hands of the Grecians when they tackle Aldershot.
Chesterfield currently occupy the final play-off berth, but know the five clubs below them in the table have designs on seventh place ahead of their home meeting with promotion-chasing Gillingham.
Shrewsbury are just one point outside the top seven ahead of their trip to Rotherham and will have their dismal away form to blame if they are not in the end-of-season shake-up after only a solitary victory on their travels.
Bradford are a further point adrift prior to their away game at Dagenham & Redbridge, who are 10th and have a game in hand, with Stuart McCall's Bantams fading badly with only three points from their last eight outings.
Morecambe have a chance of forcing their way into the top seven as they also have four fixtures remaining, the first of which is Saturday's home clash with lowly Notts County.
There is a crucial fixture in the battle against the drop this weekend with second-from-bottom Chester hosting Bournemouth, who are just one point ahead of their relegation rivals.
Grimsby remain in severe danger of losing their Football League status despite three wins and a draw from their last five games and need to continue their good form at home to Port Vale.
Luton saw their expected relegation confirmed on Easter Monday as the 30-point penalty imposed at the start of the season proved too much of a hurdle to overcome and have only pride to play for at Barnet.