How Sunderland and Barnsley's promotion run-ins compare ahead of dramatic League One finale

Sunderland's race for promotion looks set to go down to the wire - but how does their run-in compare to the side they are chasing?

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 1:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 1:43 pm
How do Sunderland and Barnsley's promotion run-ins compare?

The Black Cats' draw with second-placed Barnsley yesterday evening means that their automatic promotion hopes are now out of their own hands. But with ten games remaining, there are set to be plenty more twists and turns in a dramatic race for the top two. With that in mind, we've analysed Sunderland and Barnsley's remaining fixtures to see who has the toughest run-in - and to take a look at where the Tykes may slip up in the coming weeks. Scroll down and click through the pages to take a chronologial look at the two teams' final fixtures:

Barnsley take on 6th placed Doncaster on Friday evening, before Sunderland welcome struggling Walsall - currently sat 19th - on Saturday in their last League One game for a fortnight.
Sunderland face a free weekend after their trip to Fleetwood was postponed - but Barnsley travel to Walsall confident of replicating their 3-0 triumph from earlier in the season.

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Barnsley face a potential banana-skin while Sunderland are at Wembley, as they face a Coventry side who beat them earlier in the season and still have play-off hopes of their own.
After a two-week absence, Sunderland return to League One action at Accrington after the initial clash was rained-off. The mid-table side could prove a tough nut to crack.
A trip to 22nd place Rochdale looks, on paper at least, to be comfortable for Sunderland - but Barnsley could face trouble at 11th placed Burton Albion; The Brewers unpredictable this year.
Sunderland then face another catch-up game as they host Burton Albion, looking to avenge a 2-1 defeat from earlier this season. This could prove to be a difficult evening.
Sunderland host 9th placed Coventry in a tough-looking home fixture, while Barnsley travel to fellow play-off chasers Fleetwood Town who currently sit in 10th.
One of Sunderland's toughest remaining fixtures will come on Good Friday when they welcome 6th placed Doncaster, while Barnsley travel to relegation-threatened Shrewsbury Town.
Both teams face potential slip-ups on Easter Monday, with Sunderland set to travel to play-off contenders Peterborough while Barnsley make the long journey to in-form Plymouth Argyle.
A visit of 4th place Portsmouth brings an end to a brutal run of fixtures for Sunderland, while Barnsley host Blackpool who still have designs on reaching the play-offs themselves.
Another midweek fixture for the Black Cats as they travel to Fleetwood Town. This could prove make-or-break in taking the promotion race to the final day of the season.
Both teams will be away from home on the final day of the season - Sunderland facing 18th place Southend while Barnsley face a resurgent Bristol Rovers.
Stats suggest Barnsley have the easier final fixtures, but only slightly. The Tykes face teams with an average league position of 12.6 while Sunderland's opponents have an average position of 12.3