How many points Sunderland and rivals Luton, Barnsley and Portsmouth need to secure automatic promotion

Sunderland have slipped to fourth in League One - but how many points do they need to secure automatic promotion?

By Joe Nicholson
Monday, 18 February, 2019, 11:07
Sunderland have picked up 59 points after 31 games in League One this season.

We've taken a look at the last 20 teams to win automatic promotion from the third tier and where they've been after 31 games.

Points after 31 games: 59
Points after 31 games: 66 Total points: 98
Points after 31 games: 60 Total points: 96
Points after 31 games: 63 Total points: 100
Points after 31 games: 58 Total points: 86
Points after 31 games: 56 Total points: 87
Points after 31 games: 63 Total points: 85
Points after 31 games: 64 Total points: 99
Points after 31 games: 59 Total points: 91
Points after 31 games: 67 Total points: 103
Points after 31 games: 66 Total points: 94

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Points after 31 games: 57 Total points: 84
Points after 31 games: 55 Total points: 83
Points after 31 games: 69 Total points: 101
Points after 31 games: 57 Total points: 93
Points after 31 games: 62 Total points: 95
Points after 31 games: 52 Total points: 92
Points after 31 games: 66 Total points: 95
Points after 31 games: 63 Total points: 86
Points after 31 games: 69 Total points: 96
Points after 31 games: 54 Total points: 86
Out of the last 20 teams to win automatic promotion from League One, 12 had more points than Sunderland after 31 games. 2014/15 runners-up MK Dons had the same number of points as the Black Cats at this stage of the season.