Notts County’s hopes of avoiding the drop to the National League are hanging by a thread, as they prepare to travel to Swindon Town this weekend.
The Magpies look destined to be relegated from the Football League for their first time in their 157-year-history, which would ultimately lead to them relinquishing their prestigious title of being the World’s Oldest Football League club.
Neal Ardley’s men will be praying for a miracle this weekend, as they look to miraculously climb out of the League Two relegation zone.
Macclesfield Town need a point at home to Cambridge United to secure their place in the EFL for at least another year, with the Silkmen possessing a much more superior over the Magpies.
With nearly 2,500 fans set to make the long trip to Wiltshire this weekend, there is clearly still some optimism amongst the Magpies faithful – but Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has predicted that County will be relegated on Saturday.
He said: “You never want to see any team drop out of the Football League, because it can be so devastating for a club. For it to happen to a club with the history of Notts County would be unthinkable.
“But they are really up against it on the final day. Only a win will do for them at Swindon, and even that may not be enough, if Macclesfield win or draw against Cambridge.
“Cambridge have been on the beach since securing their survival, picking up just a point in their last five games, and Sol Campbell could barely pick a more ideal side to visit Moss Rose on the final day of the season. You wouldn’t bet against that game finishing in a goalless draw.
“I think Notts County will win, but unfortunately for them it won’t be enough.”
Notts will go into the fixture at the County Ground full of confidence, after winning 2-0 at home to Grimsby Town last time out.
I think it is inevitable that Notts will be relegated this weekend, and it would be some achievement if they somehow managed to stay up.
The club are paying the price for a turbulent season both on and off the pitch, and they will be looking to bounce back next year if they are indeed relegated this season.
I think they will win at Swindon, but you just cannot see Macclesfield losing at home to Cambridge – can you?