Northampton Town could extend their lead at the top of League Two to 15 points this weekend if they manage to fend off Notts County at Sixfields on Saturday afternoon.
The Cobblers, who already sit 13 points ahead of second placed Oxford United in the runners-up spot, have been handed this opportunity due to the Yellows’ participation in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
Chris Wilder’s men have gone unbeaten in their last 17 league outings and could seal the League Two title and subsequent promotion to League One should they win, but both Accrington Stanley and Bristol Rovers must lose this weekend.
Fourth placed Accrington, who host Cambridge United on Saturday, lie just one point adrift of the automatic promotion places after defeating Newport County 2-0 on Easter Monday.
Meanwhile Bristol Rovers, who are just a further two points behind their fellow promotion rivals following their surprise 3-2 loss to Carlisle United earlier this week, will be looking to get back to winning ways at home to 16th placed Crawley Town.
Plymouth Argyle can climb up to second place in League Two if they overcome Exeter City in this Saturday’s Devon derby at St James’ Park.
The Pilgrims, who have recorded back-to-back victories over Morecambe and lowly York City, will have to win a third league game on the bounce if they are to halt the Grecian’s impressive seven-game unbeaten streak, who are looking to gatecrash the play-offs this season. They are currently just five points adrift of the top seven.
Fellow play-off contenders Portsmouth and Wycombe Wanderers, sixth and seventh in the standings respectively, are both at home this weekend as they look to open up a gap over the chasing pack.
Pompey entertain ninth placed Carlisle at Fratton Park, who are just six points behind them, meanwhile the Chairboys welcome AFC Wimbledon to Adams Park, despite the Wombles suffering three defeats in their last four games.
At the opposite end of the table; rock-bottom Dagenham and Redbridge could slip 13 points adrift of safety without even being in action this weekend. The Daggers have already played their league fixture against cup finalists Oxford this campaign, losing 4-0 at the Kassam Stadium, allowing their relegation rivals to pull further clear of the bottom two.
Just one place above them; but still seven points from survival, York City are at home to Leyton Orient at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, with the Minstermen still trying to win their first league victory at the tenth attempt.
Meanwhile lowly Stevenage, who have lost five of their last six meetings in League Two, travel to Luton Town, who are stuck in mid-table obscurity.
This weekend’s remaining fixtures also sees Hartlepool United take on Mansfield Town, Morecambe welcome Barnet and Yeovil Town versus Newport.