League One promotion race is fierce for Sunderland, Rotherham, Portsmouth & Co - but who has the toughest run in?

The finish line of the League One season is creeping ever closer and the promotion battle in England's third tier is heating up.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Max Power takes control of the ball in Sunderland's 1-0 win at Oxford United.

At the moment it looks like it is going to go down to the wire but what run-ins do each of the top eight have?

No one has the easiest fixture list but it can be argued that Coventry City has the hardest run-in.

The Sky Blues face six of the top eight in their last 14 matches, with four of those being at home, where they have only lost once all season.

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Next Tuesday, Coventry face league-leaders Rotherham in what seems to be a tantalising clash at St Andrew's.

This is followed up by Sunderland's trip to face Coventry on Sky Sports, and they then play Ipswich at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town could be classed as having the easiest run-in, as they play three of the top eight and four of the bottom six.

Eight of the Tractor Boys' last 12 matches are at Portman Road, giving them a huge advantage over the other promotion battlers.

They face Southend, Bolton Wanderers, Rochdale and MK Dons all at home in their last six matches.

Out of the top eight, table-toppers Rotherham United play the most teams from the bottom six and the joint-most of the top eight.

Wycombe and Portsmouth go to New York Stadium in quick succession in April, while the Millers travel to Tranmere and Bolton in their last two away matches, before they face what could be a promotion decider against the Black Cats on the last day of the season.

No matter what run-in each teams has, Sunderland know that they must continue their fine form in the coming weeks, a run which has seen them leapfrog from 15th to 5th.

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