Here’s the updated table - have a scroll through and see if you agree with where we have each team placed. If not - or even if you do - let us know your own thoughts in the comments section below.
1: Hull City DWWWWD (+1) - Almost there. The Tigers have held their nerve and kicked for home with authority and left others to slip up, most notably Sunderland and Peterborough. Win at Lincoln on Saturday and an instant return to the Championship will be confirmed. Second in League One’s latest form guide, Hull have won nine of their last 12 matches in an unbeaten sequence. That is promotion-winning form and that is what it is all about.
2: Barnsley LDWWLW (-1) - Hit back from their surprise defeat and low-key performance at Coventry City with a strong result and display at Huddersfield Town to put themselves on the brink of play-off qualification. It is the mark of all good sides and should the Reds sink Rotherham United on Saturday, they are almost home and hosed. If they triumph and Reading fail to beat Swansea, then participation in the Championship play-offs will be secured for just the second time. What a story.
3: Leeds United LDWWWD (=) - Extended their unbeaten run to five games and scored an equaliser which many across the land with non-Leeds allegiances would have been celebrating in a 1-1 draw with one of the ‘Shamed Six’ in Liverpool. Next up? Only a date with the old enemy in Manchester United at Elland Road. Fourth in the Premier League’s six-match guide, Leeds are seeking their first home win over their bitter rivals since September, 2002 and a bit of revenge for events at Old Trafford before Christmas.
4: Sheffield Wednesday LWLLDW (+4) – Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. The Owls are, just about, still in the game after Tuesday’s win over Blackburn, with Derby’s slip up at Preston and the Millers’ loss to Middlesbrough keeping them interested. Wednesday, who visit Neil Warnock’s Boro today, will be relegated if they lose and Derby beat Birmingham. But let’s stay positive. If the Owls win and Derby lose, then there’s the little matter of the teams meeting on the final day and a potential hum-dinger. Plenty can happen before then, mind.
5: Middlesbrough LLDLLW (+1) – Secured their first win in six in their midweek win at Rotherham as Warnock’s side dealt a blow to his former club’s hopes of survival. Now Warnock, a lifelong Sheffield United fan, will be aiming to help out his former Millers side, at home to the Owls today. Boro’s season may be over as a competitive entity, but they could be involved in the fight to avoid relegation right to the end as they also face Wycombe before season’s end.
6: Huddersfield Town DLDLWL (+1) – Lost out to Barnsley in midweek and deservedly so, but the real story was their victory at Nottingham Forest prior to that, which should have secured Championship football for another season. It is a rocky ride at times for Town, but they are almost there. A win at Blackburn on Saturday would dispel any lingering doubts, although a point should suffice.
7: Bradford City WDWLLL (-2) – Three successive defeats has pretty much ended the club’s realistic hopes of participation in the play-offs. Talk of the play-offs shows how far City have come, but their recent form has still been modest and if they had maintained their levels of the early part of the tenure of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars, a top-seven finish should have been achieved.
Sixteenth in League Two’s form guide, City have won three games in their last 12.
8: Harrogate Town DLLDWL (+1) – Move up by virtue of their 2-1 derby win over Bradford City - their first win in eight League Two matches as Simon Weaver’s side registered a famous double over the Bantams. Harrogate followed up with a heavy 3-0 home loss to Oldham, their fourth reverse in their past six outings at Wetherby Road.
9: Rotherham United LDWLL (-5) – A run of five winnable games promised so much in the club’s fight against the drop, but in the event, it has seriously underwhelmed by way of a poor haul of four points from the last 15 available, with events conspiring against the Millers as well. Rotherham will probably be glad to be away from home on Saturday after three successive defeats on the spin at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Their home form is comfortably the worst in the division. They have picked up just 18 points from 22 matches and lost 14 times. That is why they are in the bottom three and seriously struggling.
10: Doncaster Rovers LLLLWL (=) – First, the good news. Last weekend’s win at Shrewsbury earned Rovers a first success in ten matches and ended a five-match losing sequence. The bad news is that it was followed up by a last-gasp loss at Accrington in midweek, the club’s eighth League One defeat in their past 11 outings.
11: Sheffield United LLLLLL (=) – The blessing is that it is now all over for the beleaguered Blades, who were relegated from the Premier League after last weekend’s loss at Wolves following a sorry and shocking season. Big questions and issues are now at the deck of the club’s hierarchy.
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