League One promotion race: How things could change in Portsmouth’s automatic promotion push this weekend

Pompey continue their push for League One automatic promotion at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 5:14 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 5:16 pm
Omar Bogle celebrates his goal against Scunthorpe with Lee Brown. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

Here we take a look at how things could change in the race to finish in the top two this season.

Could leaders Luton drop points for the second week in succession when they welcome sixth-placed Doncaster on Saturday? The table-topping Hatters were held last time out and will want to avoid a repeat.
Luton may have dropped points in three of their previous five league outings, but they remain five points clear at the summit and on a 25-game League One unbeaten run. They will be firm favourites to come out on top against Donny.

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Doncaster have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of a huge trip to table-toppers Luton. Donny boss Grant McCann and his team will be without 'two big players', but the club are remaining tight-lipped on identities.
Daniel Stendel's Barnsley currently occupy the other automatic promotion spot. Next up for them is a potential tricky trip to relegation-threatened Walsall. The Saddlers sit in the bottom four on goal difference.
Barnsley have been held to goalless draws in four of their past six League One outings. Those dropped points have given third-placed Sunderland and Pompey (4th) a sniff as they both chase a top-two finish.
Barnsley assistant boss Dale Tonge believes they have the squad depth to deal with injury absences at Walsall. He said: 'It is another situation we will overcome as a group.'
Jack Ross' Sunderland side are without a fixture this weekend due to international call-ups. The will have two games in hand on promotion rivals Barnsley and Pompey so will have the chance to seize the initiative.
The Blues are on the back of successive wins after overcoming Scunthorpe last time out. They have closed the gap on Barnsley - in second - to four points. And will look to do so against at Shrews.
Pompey have been dealt a double blow, with wingers Ronan Curtis and Viv Solomon-Otabor ruled out of the trip to Shrewsbury. But wide players Gareth Evans and Lloyd Isgrove will want to seize a chance - if it arrives.
Pompey's trip to Shrewsbury represents their final fixture before the Checkatrade Trophy final. The Blues will be aiming to move above Sunderland into third. It also provides the chance for players to impress Kenny Jackett.
Pompey look to have a play-off spot secured at the very least this season. But fifth-placed Charlton are well placed to mount a charge, should the Blues drop points in the run-in.