Portsmouth handed pre-Sunderland boost, Barnsley's welcome return and Luton eye title: League One weekend preview

A key weekend awaits in League One, with the promotion picture set to become a lot clearer.

By Mark Donnelly
Friday, 26 April, 2019, 12:46
A big weekend awaits Sunderland in League One

There are some key fixtures in the battle for the top two and the play-offs, and Sunderland's fate could be decided this weekend. Scroll down and click through the pages as we preview what looks set to be a dramatic few days in League One:

A clash which could have huge ramifications on the promotion race sees the sides currently sat third and fourth face-off. Both teams are in desperate need of a win, which could make this one a classic.
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett could be handed a pre-match boost after it was confirmed that midfielder Dion Donohue could form part of the travelling squad after a spell out through injury.
Sunderland have been handed injury boosts of their own, with the likes of Adam Matthews and Dylan McGeouch returning to training. They could hand Ross some real selection headaches.
Victory over Burton Albion, coupled with Portsmouth and Barnsley failing to win, could hand the Hatters the title. It would be a remarkable achievement in what is their first year back in the third tier.

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But if Luton slip-up, Daniel Stendels Barnsley will be keen to ensure they continue to pile on the pressure. The Tykes face Blackpool on Saturday as they look to end the season unbeaten on home soil.
Stendel has been handed a welcome boost with the early return of Kieffer Moore, who admitted he is keen to chip in with some vital goals in their final two games to help secure promotion.
Automatic promotion is unlikely for the Addicks, but they could still move up the division and secure a more favourable play-off draw. They travel to struggling Gillingham keen to build on their fifth place standing.
Grant McCanns side currently sit in the final play-off spot, and will all-but guarantee sixth-place if they can beat Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
Darren Fergusons side will be waiting in the wings if Doncaster fail to win, though - they face Walsall knowing that three points are virtual necessity as they look to mount a late surge into the play-off places.