League One promotion race: How things could change in Portsmouth’s race for a top-two finish on Good Friday

Pompey continue their push for League One automatic promotion on Good Friday.

Thursday, 18th April 2019, 6:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th April 2019, 6:22 pm
Pompey play Burton Albion tomorrow and its televised

The Blues sit fourth in the table with five games to play and could go second with a win at Burton. Here we take a look at how things could change tomorrow as the race for automatic promotion hots up.



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League One automatic promotion hopefuls Sunderland face a tough test in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Good Friday. They welcome sixth-placed Doncaster to the Stadium of Light.
Jack Ross' Sunderland dropped a place to third after the 5-4 defeat to Coventry last time out. The Blacks Cats boss will be keen to see a response against Donny as the race for a top-two finish intensifies.
Sunderland are hoping to welcome back Chris Maguire after nearly two months out with a fractured fibula for the Donny clash. However, the Blacks Cats have doubts over influential winger Aiden McGeady
Barnsley capitalised on Sunderland's defeat at the hands on Coventry last time out. They defeated Fleetwood to move back into the automatic promotion places ahead of the Good Friday fixtures.
Daniel Stendel's men welcome Shrewsbury in their first match since climbing back into the automatic promotion spots. They know a win will keep them is second - at least until the Easter Monday matches.
Despite finding themselves is second, automatic promotion is out of Barnsley's hands. The Tykes sit two points above both fourth-placed Pompey and Black Cats - in third - although they've played an extra game.
Leaders Luton suffered a first defeat in 28 League One matches at Charlton last time out. But the Hatters are five points clear with four games to play and should go on to lift the title.
Pompey are hitting form just at the right time in the race to reach the Championship. A win at Burton would make it six wins from as many League One matches with four games to play.
Pompey know a win at Burton could see them go second. Kenny Jackett's sit fourth, just two points off second-placed Barnsley. If the Blues better Sunderland and the Tykes' results, they'll be second until at least Easter Monday.
Nigel Clough's Brewers have been in fine form of late. Burton have beaten second-placed Barnsley and taken a point off Sunderland in recent weeks, so Pompey face a tough assignment.
Fifth-placed Charlton can move above both Pompey and the Black Cats with a win in their lunchtime kick-off at Oxford. Albeit it could be just for a few hours but the Addicks are aiming to keep up the pressure.
Lee Bowyer admitted Charlton are outsiders for a top-two League One finish. But told www.londonnewsonline.co.uk: 'To ask three to mess up is a lot. One or two is a push as well. But theres a chance.'