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League One set for relegation & promotion drama

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Grayson pleased fate is in Leeds' hands

Five teams will be fighting for the right to be promoted from League One to the Championship alongside Norwich on the final day of the League One season.

Second-placed Leeds, on 83 points, can secure the second spot if they beat Bristol Rovers at home on Saturday.

But if they slip up, the winner of the match between third-placed Millwall and Swindon would go up, while Charlton and Huddersfield are also in the running.

Tranmere, Gillingham, Hartlepool and Exeter are fighting to avoid the drop.

Tranmere, currently occupying the fourth relegation spot, are level on points with Exeter on 48 but the Devon-based team's superior goal difference means they are just out of the drop zone.

However, Rovers' final game of the season is against bottom side Stockport, who are already relegated, while the Grecians face a far more difficult ask against promotion-chasers Huddersfield.

Town, in sixth place on 80 points in League One, have a slim chance to snatch the second promotion slot but they need a big victory over Exeter as well as the other results going in their favour.

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Above them are Millwall and Swindon, who face each other at the New Den.

Both teams are level on 82 points, but the Londoners are just in front because of a superior goal difference.

Either team could still qualify for automatic promotion should they win the crucial match on Saturday afternoon and Leeds draw with or lose to Bristol Rovers at Elland Road.

Meanwhile, Charlton, who play Oldham away, could still sneak into the top two - but only if they earn three points at Boundary Park, Bristol Rovers beat Leeds and Millwall and Swindon draw.

Hartlepool were dragged into the relegation battle following their three-point deduction by the Football League on Thursday for fielding an ineligible player.

Midfielder Gary Liddle should have been serving the first of a two-match suspension rather than participating in the 2-0 win against Brighton on 5 April.

Pools have appealed against the penalty which leaves them one point ahead of Exeter on 49 points and needing a victory at mid-table Brentford to secure their League One status for next season.

Gillingham, in 18th place on 50 points, could get sucked into the bottom four if they do not earn their first away win of the season at already-relegated Wycombe at Adams Park.



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League One table

Monday, 16 June 2014 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Leyton Orient 15 24 38
2 Wolves 14 19 35
3 Peterborough 15 13 32
4 Preston 15 7 27
5 Brentford 15 3 27
6 Bradford 15 10 23
7 Swindon 15 9 23
8 MK Dons 15 4 22
9 Walsall 15 2 22
10 Rotherham 15 -1 21
11 Coventry 15 12 20
12 Port Vale 15 -3 20
13 Crawley Town 14 -2 19
14 Colchester 15 -5 17
15 Shrewsbury 15 -1 16
16 Oldham 15 -4 15
17 Gillingham 15 -6 15
18 Carlisle 14 -12 15
19 Stevenage 15 -8 14
20 Tranmere 15 -14 13
21 Crewe 15 -19 13
22 Sheffield Utd 15 -10 12
23 Bristol City 14 -6 10
24 Notts County 15 -12 10

see also
BBC Sport's football predictor
22 Mar 10 |  Football
Leeds United 2-1 Bristol Rovers
08 May 10 |  League One
Millwall 3-2 Swindon
08 May 10 |  League One
Oldham 0-2 Charlton
08 May 10 |  League One
Stockport 0-3 Tranmere
08 May 10 |  League One
Wycombe 3-0 Gillingham
08 May 10 |  League One
Brentford 0-0 Hartlepool
08 May 10 |  League One


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