Sunderland are amongst a host of League One clubs set to be offered a potential promotion lifeline, with the play-offs in the third-tier potentially stretching to an eight-team competition.
There’s a strong feeling that League One and likely to following the path of League Two by curtailing the 2019/20 season.
A report in the Telegraph details how Coventry City and Rotherham United will be promoted automatically on Points Per Game, whilst the third promotion spot will be decided on a play-off.
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Currently, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Fleetwood Town and Peterborough United contest the four play-off spots, but there’s potential for as many as eight sides to compete.
Sunderland are amongst those clubs, sitting seventh in the table, with the Black Cats and Wycombe Wanderers level on points with Peterborough in the current standings.
Just below that pair, Doncaster Rovers and Ipswich Town remain in the play-off picture, albeit slightly further behind with 54 and 52 points respectively.
How the season ends is really causing debate up and down the country at the moment, with the governing bodies searching for the ‘fairest’ solution to the campaign.
Not many can argue with Coventry and Rotherham winning promotion, but those in the play-offs do deserve a chance to compete for a place in the Championship as usual.
The problem with League One is how close the likes of Sunderland and Wycombe are to the play-off picture, which is obviously why an eight-team play-off is being discussed.
With no other football to be played in League One, however, there’s a chance for more play-off games.
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