Charlton skipper warns Sunderland as Portsmouth and Barnsley handed 'positive' boosts: League One promotion race preview

The League One promotion race is hotting up - and this weekend could have a big impact on who ultimately seals a spot in the top two.

By Mark Donnelly
Friday, 12 April, 2019, 14:11
We take a look ahead to this weekend in the League One promotion race

While Sunderland host Coventry City, their rivals from around the third tier will be keen to bolster their own hopes of a place in the Championship next season. Scroll down and click through the pages as we take a look at some of the key fixtures from the League One promotion race this weekend:

There's no debate in this one - both teams are still well in with a shout of promotion and Luton could take a big step towards the title with victory. It could be an intriguing afternoon at the Valley.
The Addicks currently sit fourth in League One - but captain Jason Pearce has warned Sunderland that his side are still eyeing automatic promotion and are determined to achieve it.
It's no surprise that Luton are sitting comfortably at the top of League One, given they are currently in the midst of a 28-game unbeaten run. Will they be able to continue that this weekend?
Sunderland - who moved up to second in midweek - can stamp their authority on the promotion race with a win over Coventry. The Sky Blues still hold play-off hopes of their own, but will need three points.
Both teams could be deprived of some key players for the clash, with Sunderland's Aiden McGeady a doubt and Coventry's David Meyler already ruled out. Meyler is a former Black Cat, but won't face his old club.
If the Black Cats can't find a way past Coventry, then the Tykes could return to the top two if they can find a way past Joey Barton's Fleetwood - whose play-off hopes are quickly fading.

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Barnsley assistant manager Dale Tonge has revealed that Barnsley should be boosted by a 'positive' week in training, which he feels could reinvigorate their promotion push.
Portsmouth are still real contenders for the top two as well, and face struggling Rochdale this weekend. Three points would continue to pile the pressure on Sunderland and Barnsley.
While they are unlikely to return this weekend, Pompey could soon be boosted by the return of injured trio Andy Cannon, Viv Solomon-Otabor and Dion Donohue. Such depth could aid a promotion push.
Grant McCann's Rovers face a Plymouth Argyle side more than capable of causing a shock. If Doncaster win, they will be nearly guaranteed of a play-off place.
Rovers will likely have to do without top scorer John Marquis this weekend. Marquis - a January target for Sunderland - and midfield duo Herbie Kane and Ben Whiteham are all nursing injuries.
Posh will face play-off rivals Blackpool this weekend, with a victory vital if they want to mount a late surge towards the play-off places.
After the EFL decided not to hand the Seasiders a 12-point deduction, Blackpool will be hoping for another boost by picking up three points against Darren Ferguson's men.