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League Two final day permutations: Automatic promotion and playoff places to be decided

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Sports Mole rounds up all of the permutations for the final day of the 2022-23 League Two season, with a promotion spot and playoff places still up for grabs.
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The final day of the 2022-23 League Two season takes place on Monday, with a spot in League One next term still up for grabs.

Two of the three automatic promotion places have already been filled, but one more will be secured on the final day with two teams battling for the all-important third spot.

Behind them, the playoff places are also set to be confirmed as four teams compete for the three remaining places.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up all of the permutations for Monday's League Two fixtures.



LEAGUE TWO FINAL DAY PERMUTATIONS

Champions: Leyton Orient

Promoted: Leyton Orient, Stevenage

Guaranteed at least playoffs: Northampton Town, Stockport County

Relegated: Rochdale, Hartlepool United

WHAT COULD HAPPEN THIS WEEKEND?




AUTOMATIC PROMOTION RACE

KEY FIXTURES

Stockport vs. Hartlepool
Tranmere Rovers vs. Northampton

With a two-point lead over fourth place, Northampton are very much in the driving seat to claim the final automatic promotion place ahead of Stockport on Monday.

The Cobblers' fate is in their own hands, with a victory at 11th-placed Tranmere Rovers being enough to guarantee a top-three finish and place in League One next season.

However, should Northampton fail to win that match then the door would be opened for Stockport, whose superior goal difference gives them an extra advantage should Northampton drop points.

Stockport must first and foremost win their game - something they will be firmly fancied to do at home to already-relegated Hartlepool - and if they manage that coupled with Northampton failing to beat Tranmere then it will be Stockport playing third-tier football for the first time since 2009-10 next season.



PLAYOFF PICTURE

KEY FIXTURES

Bradford vs. Leyton Orient
Colchester United vs. Mansfield
Salford vs. Gillingham
Sutton United vs. Carlisle

Three of the four teams still in contention for a playoff place on the final day all sit level on points, with Mansfield Town the outsiders in the race for the three remaining spots.

Mansfield's inferior goal difference makes their task even tougher too, although that deficit is not insurmountable, particularly to Bradford and Salford, while their goals-for column stands them in slightly better stead as well.

Still, The Stags would need to win their game at Colchester and hope that one of the teams above them lose, coupled with the requisite swing in goal difference, to stand any chance of stealing into the playoffs.

For the other three teams, the equation is simple: Carlisle, Salford and Bradford just need to avoid defeat in order to qualify for the playoffs.

If they do lose then the key will be to lose narrowly, as Mansfield and goal difference could then come into the situation.



LEAGUE TWO TABLE IN FULL

Click here for League Two form guides, home and away tables, top scorers, best defences, best attacks and more



THIS WEEKEND'S LEAGUE TWO SCHEDULE IN FULL

Monday, May 8

All kickoffs 12.30pm

Barrow vs. Stevenage
Bradford vs. Leyton Orient
Colchester vs. Mansfield
Grimsby Town vs. AFC Wimbledon
Harrogate Town vs. Rochdale
Newport County vs. Crewe Alexandra
Salford vs. Gillingham
Stockport vs. Hartlepool
Sutton vs. Carlisle
Swindon Town vs. Crawley Town
Tranmere vs. Northampton
Walsall vs. Doncaster Rovers

Click here for a full list of this season's League Two results


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CPortsmouth452713576413594
2Derby CountyDerby452781076373989
3Bolton WanderersBolton452511983483586
4Peterborough UnitedPeterborough452581286582883
5Barnsley4521121281631875
6Lincoln CityLincoln4520141165382774
7Oxford UnitedOxford Utd4521111377552274
8Blackpool4521101463451873
9Stevenage4518141355451068
10Wycombe WanderersWycombe451614155955462
11Leyton Orient451711175054-462
12Exeter CityExeter451710184559-1461
13Wigan AthleticWigan451910166156559
14Northampton TownNorthampton45178205665-959
15Bristol Rovers45169205266-1457
16Charlton AthleticCharlton451120146464053
17Reading451511196568-350
18Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury45139233464-3048
19Cambridge UnitedCambridge451211223961-2247
20Burton Albion451210233964-2546
21Cheltenham TownCheltenham45128254063-2344
RFleetwood TownFleetwood45913234672-2640
RPort Vale451010254174-3340
RCarlisle UnitedCarlisle4579294179-3830
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