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How 13 clubs are facing the drop in the relegation dog fight of the season

League One is the Wild West this season so sit back and enjoy the ride

If the Premier League is the greatest league in the world and the Championship is the most competitive, then League One might be the most exciting.

While clubs like Walsall, Rochdale and Scunthorpe might not necessarily set pulses racing, England’s third tier is the place to be in the final six weeks of the season.

The narrative at the top is nearly settled.


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Luton are nearly there

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Luton are nearly there

Luton, nine points clear of third, can start dreaming of Championship grounds next season while Barnsley are close to joining them.

But at the bottom it’s a very different story.

Bradford are cut adrift at the foot at the table, but just above them is anyone’s guess.

Gillingham are 12th

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Gillingham are 12th

Just eight points separate another 12 teams, meaning Gillingham right up in 12th are incredibly still looking precariously over their shoulders.

Only one side – AFC Wimbledon – among that unlucky 13 have put together more than two wins in their last six games, with five of them losing at least four games in that sequence.

Wycombe are the club in freefall.

Wycombe are bottom of the form table

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Wycombe are bottom of the form table

Gareth Ainsworth’s side were dreaming of a playoff place last month, but after five defeats in six they are now hovering just two points above the drop zone.

Alternatively both AFC Wimbledon and Rochdale looked dead and buried a few weeks ago, but three wins and two wins respectively have given themselves hope of survival.

AFC Wimbledon beat West Ham but could go down

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AFC Wimbledon beat West Ham but could go down

Like being marooned in shark-infested waters survival hinges on simply not being the slowest, and the last seven gameweeks of the season will be a race to ensure four teams are worse than you are.

Four teams must go down, nine will escape the wrath.

Expect plenty more twists and turns to come between now and the start of May.


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