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Who’s set for delight and despair in League Two play-off battle?

| 06.05.2017

Carlisle United and Blackpool may currently have a spot in the League Two play-off positions, but neither can afford to slip up on the final day, with a flurry of clubs snapping at their heels.

So, can the North-West pair get the job done? Or will one or the other slip up, and allow the chasing pack to pounce? Here’s how it stands going into game 46.

6th place – Carlisle United (Pts: 68, GD: 0)

Once upon a time, the Cumbrians were title challengers in League Two. But that was before they sold Charlie Wyke. The star striker’s January exit has seen their form collapse – with just two wins from the last 13 games.

So don’t expect them to take anything from fourth-placed Exeter City on the final day – especially with the Grecians having won three of their last four games. Sorry, Carlisle fans, we think heartbreak awaits.

7th place – Blackpool (Pts: 67, GD: +21)

The good times are slowly returning at the seaside, and that’s largely been due to the Tangerines’ excellent form at Bloomfield Road. They’ve won four of the last six on home soil, and lost just once in 11.

And they couldn’t have an easier test in Lancashire than the final day visit of a Leyton Orient side in turmoil. The already-relegated O’s have lost 11 of their last 14, so expect Gary Bowyer’s men to breeze to victory – and into the play-offs. And it’s worth backing them for promotion now, before those odds of 7/2 potentially fall.

8th place – Stevenage (Pts: 67, GD: +7)

The Boro are next in line, with any slip up from the above pair allowing Darren Sarll’s men a chance to pounce. However, there’s a big if over whether they’d make the most of that opportunity.

Despite some very impressive results this term – including doing the double over Portsmouth – the Hertfordshire club seem to have run out of steam, taking two points from their last five games. Next up? An Accrington side who have lost just twice since mid-February. It’s not looking too good for Sarrl and co…

9th place – Cambridge United (Pts: 66, GD: +9)

The U’s face fellow Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on the final day, with only goal difference separating the pair. And we reckon that spells trouble for the U’s, who have lost to the Chairboys in four of the past five meetings.

Sean Derry and co. deserve huge credit for turning around a dismal start to the season and contesting for a play-off spot – but achieving it looks like a step too far.

10th place – Colchester United (Pts: 66, GD: +8)

They may currently be three places outside the play-off spots, but we fancy Col U have a decent chance of making the cut.

Currently unbeaten in five, they face a pretty dismal Yeovil Town side this weekend, with the East Anglian club having won three of the last four meetings between the pair. Don’t be surprised to see them leapfrog one of the current play-off pair – most likely Carlisle.

11th place – Wycombe Wanderers (Pts: 66, GD: +4)

Wycombe know all about upsetting the odds on the final day. Back in 2014, they were three points from safety, and needing a minor miracle to survive. But Gareth Ainsworth’s men achieved just that, beating Torquay United 3-0 at Plainmoor, sending Bristol Rovers tumbling out of the Football League instead.

So there’s no doubt Ainsworth and co know how to handle this kind of occasion. And having beaten champions Doncaster Rovers in their last home game, there’s every chance they’ll topple Cambridge on Saturday.

Whether or not that’s enough for the Buckinghamshire club remains to be seen.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.