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Jon Riley 22nd Apr 2010 - 11:56

Lower League Lowdown - League 1

With only three weekends left of the season things couldn't be tighter at the top of League 1.

Only three points separate Leeds United, Millwall, Swindon and Charlton and on present form this one looks like it could go down to the wire.

Leeds United are the side currently occupying the second automatic promotion place behind leaders Norwich, whose promotion was sealed at the Valley on Saturday after defeating Charlton 1-0.

Leeds have play-off experience....mainly bad ones though!

They lost in the semi-finals to Millwall last year and the year before they suffered Wembley heartbreak at the hands of Yorkshire rivals Doncaster.

The Whites will be hoping they can avoid the play-offs this time around and clinch automatic promotion. They could do it with six points from their final three games. They have home games against MK Dons and Bristol Rovers either side of a trip to South London to face Charlton.

The final game of the season throws together the teams sitting in third and fourth place, Millwall and Swindon. Both teams have stuttered recently and not capitalised on Leeds recent poor form. Millwall had the opportunity to go second but lost 1-0 at Huddersfield while Swindon have drawn their last two home games against Walsall and Exeter.

Depending on how results fathom out, this could turn into a winner-takes-all automatic promotion play-off come 3pm on Saturday May 8th.

The other two teams in play-off berths are Charlton and Huddersfield.

Charlton are three points behind second placed Leeds with the Yorkshire side still to visit the Valley and are still very much in the automatic promotion shake-up. Their play-off spot is virtually guaranteed so I would expect Phil Parkinson's team to play with no fear in their remaining three games.

Huddersfield are the team residing in sixth place, the last of the play-off spots. The two threats to their position are Colchester and Southampton. However, a win against Colchester in the penultimate game of the season would end both Colchester's and the Saints promotion hopes.

Leeds are the bookies favourites to be promoted at 4/7 with Millwall and Swindon at 10/11 and 2/1. Charlton and Huddersfield can be backed at 9/4 and 11/4 to be playing Championship football next season.

At the other end of the table Stockport County's relegation to League 2 was confirmed on April 10th and two other clubs could join them this weekend depending on results.

A defeat for Southend United at Oldham Athletic on Saturday will see them relegated and a draw and even a win could also send them down if other results go against them. If the Shrimpers draw and Exeter City draw at Charlton then they will go down and if they win and Exeter, Gillingham and Leyton Orient all win then they will also be playing in League 2 next season.
Gillingham face a trip to Norwich City and Orient are away at Millwall.

If Exeter, Gillingham and Orient do all win and Wycombe Wanderers fail to beat Swindon Town at home then they will also be relegated.

Simple eh?!

Southend and Wycombe are odds on to be relegated at 1/100 and 1/16 while Tranmere 8/15, Exeter 11/8 and Gillingham 4/1 are still in trouble.




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