Pompey’s promotion rivals: What the weekend holds

Accrington boss John Coleman
Accrington boss John Coleman
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The difference is six points – and it’s a gap which has tantalisingly closed in the past week.

Pompey’s win at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night saw them move within two victories of second spot.

With leaders Northampton 19 points clear of Paul Cook’s men, the race for the title looks over, but automatic promotion is still a real possibility.

And the Blues’ sights are fixed on both Plymouth and Oxford United, who are presently level on points in second and third spots (65 points).

The U’s host Leyton Orient tomorrow hoping to put some breathing space between them and their promotion rivals.

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists have won three of their past four and face an Orient team kept out of the top seven on goal difference.

Surprise package of the season, Daryl Clarke’s Bristol Rovers, host Mansfield seeking to keep their automatic promotion dreams alive.

The Gas are below Pompey on goal difference and have won four of the past five fixtures following their Fratton Park defeat in February.

Mansfield have hit a rough patch in recent weeks, which has seen their promotion hopes stutter.

A run of one win in five games has seen them drop to 10th, but only two points off of seventh-placed AFC Wimbledon.

Arguably the biggest game of the day in League Two involves Plymouth at Accrington.

John Coleman’s men, well beaten by Pompey in the week, have no win in four, while the third-placed Pilgrims have won one of the past five.

No victories in four games have seen Wimbledon clinging onto seventh place on goal difference.

They’ll be hoping for a return to winning ways when they travel to a Morecambe side which haven’t won since January 16.

Finally, ninth-placed Wycombe sit two points adrift of the top seven, albeit with a game in hand.

Last season’s League Two play-off finalists have won four of their last 10 and host Stevenage tomorrow.

– MACAULAY DALEY