The League Two promotion race is set for a thrilling conclusion with five teams in the mix for third place going into the final day of the season.
Here’s what each team needs to do to secure automatic promotion…
Current position: 3rd, 77pts, +20 goal difference
Fixture: Barrow away, 21st
Task: The equation here is relatively simple. A win would secure promotion unless Bristol Rovers put at least six goals past Scunthorpe. Anything else, however, would not be good enough assuming one of Rovers, Vale and Mansfield win. Lose at Holker Street and even Swindon down in 7th could overtake Jon Brady’s side.
Current position: 4th, 77pts, +15 goal difference
Fixture: Scunthorpe home, 24th
Task: A win for Rovers coupled with draw or defeat for Northampton at Barrow and Joey Barton's team would be promoted. But even if Cobblers win, Rovers could still theoretically finish third if they rack up a big scoreline. They are currently five goals worse off so if Cobblers win 1-0 and Rovers win 6-0, the two teams would be level on both points and goal difference but the Gas would finish higher due to the fact they have scored more goals this season. Usually this scenario would seem fanciful but Rovers are at home to the worst team in the division so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
Current position: 5th, 76pts, +15 goal difference
Fixture: Forest Green home, 2nd
Task: Beat Forest Green and hope both Bristol Rovers and Northampton fail to win. Anything else would not be good enough. The Stags are also not entirely assured of a play-off place. If they lose and the three teams directly below them all win, they would slide out of the play-offs altogether.
Current position: 6th, 75pts, +20 goal difference
Fixture: Exeter away, 1st
Task: Next in line is Port Vale who must beat title-chasing Exeter and hope the three above teams all slip up. Again, though, their first priority will be on trying to secure a play-off place with Sutton and Swindon just below them.
Current position: 7th, 74pts, +20 goal difference
Fixture: Walsall away, 15th
Task: First, Bristol Rovers and Northampton must both lose. Then, Mansfield and Vale must both fail to win. If that all happens, and Swindon beat Walsall, they will climb from 7th all the way to 3rd and snatch automatic promotion in dramatic fashion. It appears unlikely but it’s not impossible.
Current position: 8th, 73pts, +14 goal difference
Fixture: Harrogate away, 17th
Task: Sutton cannot reach the top three but they will be confident of sneaking into the play-offs if they beat Harrogate. A win in Yorkshire is all they need providing Swindon fail to win at Walsall or one of Vale or Mansfield lose.
Current position: 9th, 72pts, +12 goal difference
Fixture: Leyton Orient away, 13th
Task: The only way Rovers can make a late dash for the play-offs is if they win in the capital, Swindon lose and Sutton fail to win.