L1: Season review so far, who is going to end up where in League One?


It has been a season rich in quality in Sky Bet League One this season, with goals aplenty and quality performances from individuals and teams alike.

As the season enters the crucial final three months of the season where relegation and promotion places are to be decided, lets take a look at the winners and losers so far this season in League One.

The big winners obviously are newly promoted Burton Albion, who top the table after 29 games and have opened up a 5 point gap between themselves and 3rd place. Built on solid defensive foundations, they have kept the most clean sheets in the league and have moved seamlessly from manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to new gaffer Nigel Clough.

Walsall and Gillingham are the closest challengers to Burton, which represents a huge improvement on last years 12th and 14th place finishes, while Wigan Athletic look set for a run at the automatic spots after investing in the team heavily in January and going 9 games unbeaten.

The fight for the play offs looks set to go all the way with teams down as far as 12th only 6 points of the final place in the top 6. Teams like Sheffield United and Yorkshire rivals Barnsley are in that mix, and will be looking to put good runs together as the season draws to a close.

Near the bottom and struggling are a few of the usual suspects. Colchester United prop the league table up, and look a long way from safety, while Crewe Alexandra are in the bottom four and looking like having their usual relegation scrap on their hands.

There is however only 9 points between the bottom four and the 13th placed team, Scunthorpe United, and as we all know, football can change in an instant with a good run of results behind you. Indeed Barnsley are an example of this, they sat bottom just before Christmas, and have climbed to within contention of the play offs after a run of 7 wins on the bounce.

However the league table ends up, there will be those who feel success has been achieved, and those who will feel it is another wasted season. It will be interesting to see who ends up where and who can secure that all important promotion to the Championship, where the riches on offer are higher than ever.

League One fans, who do you think will end up going up? Who is set for next season in League Two? Let us know!

Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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