League One UK

League One: Final Day Preview

In League One, the final play-off place is the story of the final day. Portsmouth, Oxford United and Charlton Athletic are fighting over the final play-off spot to join Lincoln, Sunderland and Blackpool who are already qualified for the play-offs.

What positions do the teams currently occupy?

Portsmouth currently occupies the sixth and final play-off place. Portsmouth is sat on 72 points and have a goal difference of 15.

Oxford sit in seventh place and have 71 points to their name, with a goal difference of 17.

Charlton Athletic are also on 71 points, and their goal difference is 13.

What form are the sides in?

In their last ten games, Portsmouth have accumulated 17 points, Oxford have achieved 18, while Charlton have earned 19 points in their last ten games.

What are the final day’s fixtures?

Portsmouth will host Accrington Stanley on Sunday. Oxford will play at home against Burton Albion, and Charlton are playing at home to league champions Hull.

What are the permutations?

They are slightly complicated, but this is hopefully a good summary.

What do Portsmouth need to do to get into the playoffs?

If Portsmouth win, they will finish sixth.

A draw would mean Portsmouth relying on both Oxford and Charlton failing to win.

If Portsmouth lose, they will achieve play offs if Oxford lose, and Charlton lose or draw. Though if Portsmouth lost and so did Oxford, but Charlton drew, Portsmouth could only lose by one goal otherwise, Charlton would move above them on goals scored.

What do Oxford need to do to get into the playoffs?

If Oxford win, and Pompey and Charlton fail to win they will get the play off place. If Oxford win, they will get play offs if Portsmouth fail to win and Charlton win but do not overturn their goal difference of -4 compared to Oxford.

If Oxford draw, they will get playoffs if Portsmouth lose, and Charlton fail to win.

What do Charlton need to do to get play offs?

If Charlton win and Portsmouth and Oxford drop points, then they will get play offs. If Charlton win, Portsmouth drops points, but Oxford win they will need to improve their goal difference to get above Oxford.

A Charlton draw would see them get play offs if Oxford lost and Portsmouth lose by 2 goals or more, as they would go above Portsmouth by goals scored.

What is the team news for the three teams?

Portsmouth will have Jordy Hiwula available after injury, while Jack Whatmough will also be available for selection after a four-match suspension. Michael Jacobs and Ellis Harrison are both out injured.

For Oxford, they are without John Mousinho and Marcus McGuane for the Burton game.

Charlton will be without Jake Forster-Caskey, while Diallang Jaiyesimi is a doubt for the game against Hull.

When are the games?

The final day of League One will take place on Sunday with the games kicking off at midday.

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