In Focus - the rest of the top eight and their recent form

We covered Sunderland's win earlier, but what happened in the other League One games impacting our closest rivals?

by GMac88 Sunday, 13 March 2022 10:28 PM Comments

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Time is running out in the 2021/22 season and Sunderland find themselves in decent form to tackle play-off/automatic promotion limbo as we edge closer to May. There are a number of teams whose success or failure will contribute heavily to where we end the season - and now seems and apt time to keep a close eye on things;

Wycombe Wanderers

After relegation from the Championship immediately proceeding their Covid promotion, Wycombe have found form back in the third tier difficult to cling on to. The did, however, end a seven game winless streak at the start of March against the faltering Cambridge; and followed that up with a win over botom place Crewe and a commendable draw against league leaders Rotherham yesterday. You'd expect Wycombe not to be the team that stops Sunderland from reaching the top two, so that result was in our favour.

Sheffield Wednesday

One of the form teams in the league at the moment according to casino australia, Wednesday have won eight of their last ten games, including a resounding 6-0 demolition job of Cambridge United. Whilst they are not in the play-offs right now, this is a team who are coming into the close season period like a freight train and may take some stopping.

Plymouth

After quietly easing their way into the playoff spots, Plymouth have shook off the shackles from back-to-back defeats closing out February with three wins in March without conceding a goal. It may not have been against the strongest opposition, but form is everything and like most of the teams around them Plymouth are looking decent. 

Oxford United

Always there or there abouts, Oxford are again looking good to head into the playoffs with five wins in their last six. They lost only away to Portsmouth in this period, though their biggest issue is their goal-leaking defence. You have to go down to 11th place Bolton to find a worse defensive record, and that tends to be a defining statistic of promotion-achieving sides. They eased past a poor Shrewsbury side yesterday with a 2-1 win.

MK Dons

Whist Wednesday are one of the form teams, MK Dons are the form team right now. An incredible run of 11 games without defeat, with nine wins one of which being Alex Neil's debut game as Sunderland manager - the odds from nz online casinos suggest Dons are the only side capable of catching Wigan and Rotherham, finding themselves level on points with the former.

Wigan

Beginning to show signs of fixture-fatigue, Wigan couldn't hang on to what would have been a crucial three points over chasers MK Dons. After we thrashed them, the Latics recovered with two wins on the bounce. They approach a dauntingly dense April in decent form, but question marks remain over their squads ability to handle eight games in April.

Rotherham

Once assumed run-away winners of League One, three games without a win has suddenly thrown the door wide open to teams below them. A surmountable four point gap separates them from third placed MK Dons, and with pretty much every side below them in impeccable form - the pressure is on for them to end this mini-rut quickly