With Luton drawing 2-2 at home to Blackpool and Burton Albion spanking Barnsley 3-1, the top of the League One table is wide open meaning Jack Ross’ men have their promotion hopes firmly in their own hands.
Sunderland currently sit level on points with Barnsley, but hold a two game advantage over the Yorkshire side. As such, Ross will know that should his side turn one of those games in hand into three points, then Sunderland will take second place as their own.
Winning both games in hand would in theory also put the pressure on leaders, Luton. Should all teams keep winning, then Sunderland’s games in hand could take them to a mere two points behind the current leaders.
As it stands, Ross’ men are in a healthy position with three league wins on the bounce - but where do you think we will finish come season’s end? Let us know in the comments section or via social media, and we’ll include a selection of your opinions in a follow-up article.
Sunderland’s remaining fixtures are as follows:
The immediate point worth noting is the fact that the Lads have three games at home in the next ten days - Sunderland will be keen for the Stadium of Light crowd to roar the Lads onto victory in those three games, which could perhaps build the momentum required in order to secure an automatic promotion spot.
Doncaster and Peterborough are still in contention for a play-off berth, whilst Portsmouth will also be desperate to secure a win against us in order to fuel their hopes of an automatic spot.
Fleetwood, Burton, and Coventry are still technically in the mix for the play-off spots, but would need a large swing in form to give themselves a chance of fighting for a top-six spot. Southend are fighting for their League One lives at the other end of the table.
It’s a tricky run-in, but what do you make of the run-in? Do you think the Lads can take advantage of the situation and win their way to promotion?
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One final point to note is the improved performances of several players, which could potentially aid the side’s final push for promotion.
Charlie Wyke and Dylan McGeouch were phenomenal at the weekend, and if they can keep up those kinds of performances then Jack Ross’ side will be an incredibly difficult side to play against.
The return of the exciting Denver Hume is also supplemented by the re-appearance of Bryan Oviedo. The Costa-Rican full back has pace, quality on the ball, and a great deal of experience - his presence could also prove to be useful for Ross’ men.
It’s a tricky end to this incredible League One marathon, but Sunderland certainly have the talent capable of producing the goods - who do you think will be a vital player in the final seven games?
Let us know.