Results last night did not go our way, but we're still sixth; just about. How does the run in for SAFC look as we approach the final eight games of the season?
Sheffield Wednesday's surprise drop of two points against a determined Accrington side was the only result which helped us from the five that featured our playoff/promotion rivals. It is the only thing that has kept us in sixth place, though Wednesday remain just a point away with a game in hand. Two other teams in the top eight have at least a game in hand over Sunderland and the opportunity to extend the gap above us; Plymouth (1) and Wigan (2).
Despite how tentatively poised, casinoroo.io believe it gets even more tense as our last eight games include three against those around us. Sunderland host Rotherham in ten days time and, providing we can secure a good result away to Lincoln, will probably be the game that decides whether we are still in the hunt for automatic promotion.
I don't think we are in the hunt for automatic promotion. And, focusing on the playoffs, we travel to Oxford on 9th April and to Plymouth shortly nine days later. These are two absolutely crucial games to pick up points and make sure we are part of the close season competition.
As well as travelling to Wearside, Rotherham host Oxford on 23rd April. Wigan, despite having ten games left, only play Plymouth at home on 23rd April. MK Dons take on Sheffield Wednesday and Oxford home and away respectively just three days apart mid-April. I've mentioned Oxford a lot, as do south african online casino because half their final eight games are against top eight teams. Plymouth, in their final nine, also pay four; three I have already mentioned but also a trip to Wycombe on 15th April. Wednesday and Wycombe have two dates with top eight sides.
This is important as it means the points required for Sunderland to secure a playoff spot is less than it feels depite the incredible form of all the top teams. They can't all win out, they will beat and draw with eachother; and if the Lads can secure good results against Rotherham, Oxford and Plymouth it should be enough.
Will Wigan and/or Rotherham drop enough points to bring the top two back into contention? Their win over Lincoln was laboured last night, and of the two they look the team who are struggling the most entering the final period of the season. However, even if Sunderland beat Rotherham, we would still need a whopping 12 point swing in the remaining seven games when you consider their impressive goal difference. And if you felt Wigan was more likely, they have two opportunities to add to their 10 point lead over Sunderland.
That surely isn't happening. The only team capable of catching the top two right now seems to be MK Dons.