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Pompey turn their attention back to the League One automatic promotion race this weekend.

By Lewis.mason1
Friday, 5th April 2019, 7:00 pm
Updated Monday, 8th April 2019, 12:27 am
Pompey celebrate at Wembley
Pompey celebrate at Wembley

The Blues beat Sunderland at Wembley on Sunday to lift the Checkatrade Trophy. But fourth-placed Pompey’s focus is now on reaching the Championship. They travel to Adams Park to take on Wycombe next. Here we take a look at how things could change in the race for a top-two finish this weekend.

Leaders Luton could go 10 points clear at the top of League One with victory. But eighth-placed Blackpool are looking to close the gap on Doncaster in the play-off places.
Mick Harford's Hatters show no sign of being caught in the title race. Luton lead Barnsley by seven points at the summit and are on a 27-match unbeaten run. They'll look to extend that against the Seasiders.

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Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips believes his side can surprise table-toppers Luton. He told the Blackpool Gazette: 'I don’t see why we can’t ruin their unbeaten run. We seem to be doing better away from home.'
Second-placed Barnsley are looking to keep the gap between themselves and the chasing pack. The Tykes travel to Burton on Saturday with both Sunderland and Pompey in pursuit of the top two.
Daniel Stendel's troops have drawn five of their previous eight League One outings. Third-placed Sunderland and the Blues - in fourth - have games in hand on Barnsley, who can ill afford anymore slip-ups.
The Black Cats returned to League One action with a 3-0 at Acrrington in midweek. That saw them climb to third above Pompey. They trail Barnsley - in second - by three points with two games in hand.
Jack Ross' men could make a huge statement in their bid for automatic promotion this weekend. A win at Rochdale could see them go level on points with Barnsley - and will at least keep the pressure on.
The Black Cats will be without skipper Lee Cattermole and Reece James for the trip to Spotland. Respective groin and ankle issues have ruled the pair out. Aiden McGeady will be assessed ahead of the trip.
Pompey's Checkatrade Trophy triumph at Wembley made it four successive wins in all competitions. They appear to be hitting form at the right time and head to Wycombe this weekend full of confidence.
The Blues may be in good form but boss Kenny Jackett has warned his team ahead of the trip to Adams Park. He stressed: 'Winning does breed confidence. However, that cannot turn to complacency.'
Midfielder Bryn Morris is available for the Blues' trip to Wycombe. He last played against Barnsley in February but has now recovered from a groin injury to provide further competition.
Fifth-placed Charlton will look to keep the pressure on Pompey when they travel to Plymouth this weekend. A win could see the Addicks close the gap on the Blues to just a point for the final run-in.
Addicks boss Lee Bowyer has been linked with the vacant QPR manager's job. The former midfielder is 12/1 with Sky Bet to replace Steve McLaren. Could that impact on Charlton's fine recent form?