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With the League One relegation battle hotting up – Who’ll survive and who’ll go down?



With just two points separating 17th place from the last relegation spot and all teams enjoying different kinds of form, the League One relegation battle is set to go down to the wire.


After 2-0 victories for Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night against Swindon Town and Peterborough United respectively, the League One relegation battle has been thrown wide open with just a handful of matches to play.

Oldham are currently sitting in the last relegation spot with 44 points, just one point behind Blackpool  in 20th position and with two games in hand over them.

Directly above the Seasiders are Fleetwood Town (45 pts.), Shrewsbury Town (46 pts.) and Chesterfield (46 pts.). This results in five teams separated by just two points and with some of them having a game or two in hand, things could change very quickly in the next few games.

With Crewe, Colchester and the rapidly-fading Doncaster seemingly set for the drop, all the focus is now on the last relegation spot.

After 3 wins in the last 5 matches, both Oldham and Blackpool have narrowed the gap considerably between them and the teams above and their form suggests that someone else could occupy the dreaded 21st-position spot very soon.

Fleetwood’s midweek victory brought an end to a six-match winless run while Shrewsbury’s run of nine league matches without defeat ended with a thump after a 5-1 home thrashing by Wigan Athletic.

Shrewsbury have both of their starting centre-backs, Zak Whitbread and Nat Knight-Percival, suspended for the next one and two games respectively and face a tough run-in against teams who are all above them in the table.

Chesterfield have proven to be a streaky team this season and are on the back of an excellent 4-2 win against Port Vale, while Bury and Swindon directly above them are currently five points ahead but slumping in form.

Taking all of this into consideration, it seems likely that the 50 points usually needed to stay up won’t be enough this season for these teams.

A couple of consecutive wins or defeats could seal the fate for any of these teams, making it yet another thrilling end to the tricky division that is League One.

Who do you think will get relegated? Who has enough quality to stay safe? Let us know what you think in the comments box below!

28-year-old writer living in Barcelona, but would rather go and watch his beloved Shrewsbury Town instead. #FloreatSalopia You can follow him on Twitter at @AleixGwilliam

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