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Portsmouth arrested a damaging run of form that saw them pick up one point in a four-game spell with their win over Bristol Rovers at the weekend and need to win at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night if they are to make the play-offs for a third consecutive season.
Pompey are currently just outside the top-six but will find themselves in a play-off position by 10 p.m. on Tuesday if they can pick up an invaluable three points. Defeat, however, would leave them in dire straits with just two games remaining and they can ill afford another slip-up.
Accrington Stanley, on the other hand, have absolutely nothing to play for and have endured a mixed run of results as their season fizzles to a disappointing conclusion.
Stanley have picked up eight points from their last eight games, avoiding defeat against promotion-chasing Sunderland, Oxford, and Blackpool, but they also suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to Wimbledon and a 3-1 defeat at relegation-threatened Rochdale.
They are hard to predict, but Portsmouth have returned to winning ways at just the right time and can their play-off aspirations a shot in the arm with victory. The two sides will be sick of the sight of each other by next week, with Stanley traveling to Fratton Park on the final day of the season.
Wimbledon’s survival hopes looked bleak two months ago, but a hugely impressive run of four wins from their last four and five from their last seven has put them within touching distance of safety.
They can retain their League One status with a win over fellow strugglers Rochdale on Tuesday night, who have also enjoyed a late-season Renaissance.
Rochdale looked forlorn at the foot of the League One Table, but a similarly impressive run of 10 points from their last four games has propelled them up to 22nd. They will have been especially buoyed by their 97th equaliser against Crewe at the weekend and can put themselves within touching distance of safety with a win at Wimbledon.
They will find it difficult against a resurgent Wimbledon, however, and may be all but consigned to League Two by the final whistle.
While Wimbledon and Rochdale have peaked at just the right time, Sunderland have capitulated at exactly the wrong time.
From being well-placed to launch an assault on the automatic promotion places, Sunderland have now picked up just three points from their last six games and must plan for a play-off campaign.
Blackpool, meanwhile, have also experienced a slump at just the wrong time.
The Tangerines were unbeaten in 2021 prior to their surprise defeat to Rochdale in a run stretching over 20 league games and their place in the play-offs seemed almost guaranteed.
However, consecutive 1-0 defeats to Rochdale and Shrewsbury have cast their play-off status in doubt, leaving them with work to do in their last four games.
A win at the Stadium of Light would enhance their play-off prospects immeasurably, while a defeat would leave them under significant pressure. Both sides would probably settle for a draw on Tuesday.
Peterborough will join Hull in securing promotion to the Championship if they can avoid defeat against Doncaster at home, but they will want to keep pressure on the Tigers in the race for the League One title.
Doncaster, on the other hand, will just want this season to end after a truly horrific run of form that has seen them drop from third place in mid-February to mid-table obscurity in April.
They have lost 12 of their last 18 league games in a wretched run of form that has seen them accumulate just 12 points from a possible 54. Peterborough could hardly wish for a more ideal opponent to wrap up promotion against.
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