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League One: Who is currently set to finish in the play-offs?

Friday 24th February 2017
With Sheffield United and Scunthorpe seemingly set to remain League One's most dominant teams, It's Round and It's White take a look at the remaining play-off pack to see who'll finish in the top six come the end of the season.

Bolton Wanderers

Phil Parkinson's men have been unconvincing so far this season and losing key player Zach Clough to Nottingham Forest during the transfer window, it has made automatic promotion ambitions a little tougher.

However, at present, the Trotters are only two points away from second-placed Scunthorpe with a game in hand, so play-offs are the minimal expectation for Bolton this season.

Fleetwood Town

At the time of writing, the Cod Army are still 16 games unbeaten despite having faced the likes of MK Dons, Bradford and Charlton in recent weeks.

The job Uwe Rosler has achieved so far has been outstanding and they too are only two points away from Scunthorpe.

If they are to remain in the play-offs as expected, then they certainly have the credentials to go further.

Southend United

Phil Brown's side have enjoyed a terrific season mainly due to their success in the summer transfer window where they bought the likes of Simon Cox and Anton Ferdinand, adding some valuable experience to their ranks.

Currently sitting in fifth place after an emphatic 4-1 victory over Peterborough during the week, the Shrimpers have scored the third-highest amount of goals, only bettered by League One's top two.

Southend only have to face one team sitting above them and that's Bolton at home, meaning they have a very good chance of keeping their spot in the play-off places.

Bradford City

Despite losing manager Phil Parkinson to Bolton last summer, Stuart McCall has done excellently ensure that his Bradford team have managed to stay in the mix for the play-off spots.

However, the departure of striker James Hanson to Sheffield United during the January transfer window is a massive blow to sixth-placed Bradford and with no win in four, there signs are not positive at the moment for the Bantams.


Neil Harris' men missed the opportunity to creep into the top-six during the week after they drew 0-0 at home to struggling Chesterfield.

However, the progress the Lions have made over the second part of the season has given them a huge chance of being in the play-offs for the second year in a row.

Additionally, Millwall's current cup run has given the side more confidence to better any team in the division so they should definitely be considered to finish in the play-offs.

Best of the Rest:

Rochdale have two games in hand over Bradford and are only four points away from the Bartrams. Nonetheless, recent form has cost them but the 3-3 draw with Charlton last weekend at least ended their search for goals.

Peterborough lost heavily to Southend in midweek but are still in ninth place so have every chance of making that final play-off place.

Moreover, tenth-placed Oxford United gave themselves a huge boost in their quest for promotion during the week with a 1-0 victory over fellow play-off chasing Charlton.

On the same amount of points as Oxford are Bristol Rovers and Walsall , but being six points behind Bradford means they will have to pull something out of the bag to reach the play-offs while 13th-placed Charlton look set to miss out on the top-six after their woeful run of form which has seen them without a win in their last five matches.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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