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Football: League One set for thrilling final day

The final day of the League One season will take place on Saturday and there is plenty still to play for at both ends of the table.

With the title, automatic promotion, play-off places and relegation battle still on a knife-edge, it promises to be a final day packed with drama and incident as we take you through what to look out for as the action unfolds.

Wigan stuttering over the line

Wigan appeared to be cruising towards the League One title just a few weeks ago, but after failing to win any of their last five games, Leam Richardson's side still have work to do on the final day to secure a return to the Championship following a two-year absence.

The equation is simple for the Latics, as a victory away at Shrewsbury, which can be backed at 8/11, will wrap up the title, while a point will be enough to see them secure automatic promotion.

However, if Wigan were to lose to the Shrews, who have nothing to play for heading into the final day, then that could open the door for either or both Rotherham and MK Dons to pip the league leaders to the post.

Rotherham had led the way for much of the season, but Paul Warne's side have also been stuttering towards the finish line, winning just three of their last 11 league fixtures.

The Millers are priced at 1/10 to go up and promotion will be guaranteed if they win away at a Gillingham side that also have plenty to play for on the final day (more on them later).

A win is the only way Rotherham will stand a chance of claiming the title as well at odds of 9/4, but with third-placed MK Dons breathing down their neck it will be anything but easy.

At the turn of the year the Dons were nowhere near the automatic promotion positions, but a 15-game unbeaten run propelled them into contention.

However, Liam Manning's side have never quite been able to get in front of either Wigan or Rotherham in the promotion race and like their rivals they appear to be stumbling over the line following a run of one win in four.

Realistically only a victory away at play-off chasing Plymouth will give the Dons a shot at earning automatic promotion, and they can be backed at 13/8 to secure a return to the second tier for the first time since 2016.

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Four doesn't go into three in play-off race

The relief for Wigan, Rotherham and MK Dons is whichever one doesn't secure automatic promotion will at least gain a second chance with a place in the play-offs already assured.

The same cannot be said for the other three play-off positions, as four teams are set to battle it out for a top-six finish on the final day, with one of those sides ultimately set to miss out.

Sheffield Wed currently occupy fourth position after coming from behind to win at Fleetwood during the week, and Darren Moore's side will be guaranteed a top-six finish if they beat Portsmouth at Hillsborough.

The Owls have won three of their last four in the league and they can be backed at 3/5 to secure another three points on Saturday, which would also be enough to guarantee a home draw for the second leg of a potential play-off semi-final.

Sunderland have suffered play-off heartache in two of the last three seasons, but the Black Cats will be hoping it is third-time lucky this year.

Like Wednesday, Sunderland will be guaranteed a top-six finish if they win away at Morecambe - the away victory is available at 3/4 - but anything less would leave their play-off hopes hanging in the balance.

Plymouth currently occupy the final play-off position, but they are level on points with seventh-placed Wycombe and only sit in the top six as their goal difference is two better than that of the Chairboys.

The Pilgrims can be backed at 8/15 to finish in the top six, but the problem is they have by far the most difficult fixture on paper of any of the teams battling for a play-off place, as they will host automatic promotion hopefuls MK Dons.

Wycombe, meanwhile, are in top form, as no team has taken more points in League One across the last 10 games than Gareth Ainsworth's side and they are 4/6 to finish in the top six.

The Buckinghamshire outfit will conclude the season away at mid-table Burton Albion and they are priced at 3/4 to win that contest, which would not necessarily be enough to secure a play-off place, but it would be a surprise if that did see them miss out.

Nervous final day at the bottom

Only one relegation position has been filled in League One heading into final day, with Crewe cut adrift at the foot of the table, although AFC Wimbledon and Doncaster are realistically already down barring a mathematical miracle.

Both teams need to win on the final day and hope others lose, while the Dons also require a seven-goal swing in their favour, which is unlikely but still possible, certainly when compared to Donny, who need a 27-goal swing.

That leaves one final relegation spot to fill and three teams, Morecambe, Fleetwood and Gillingham, are still very much in the battle to survive.

The Gills are looking the most vulnerable to go down at odds of 1/4, as they currently occupy the final relegation position, but only on goal difference to Fleetwood, with Morecambe two points better off.

Given Fleetwood's goal difference is far superior, Gillingham know they must better the Cod Army's result on the final day to finish above them.

A win for the Gills, coupled with a Morecambe defeat would also be enough to keep them up regardless of what Fleetwood do, while a Gillingham win and a Morecambe draw would see goal difference come into play, with just two goals currently separating those two sides.

Fleetwood are priced at 11/4 to go down and Morecambe 14/1, but all three sides in the relegation battle have difficult fixtures on the final day.

Gillingham will host promotion chasing Rotherham, while Morecambe will also have home advantage against play-off hopefuls Sunderland.

The only one of the three playing away from home are Fleetwood, who are priced at 19/10 to beat a Bolton side with very little to play for, although they have won each of their last three fixtures.

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