Sunderland's fifth place finish looks to be bad news - here's why

Why Sunderland's fifth place finish could be bad news ahead of their play-off clash with Portsmouth

Sunderland head into their League One play-off campaign on the back of a fifth place finish - and the history books suggest that could be bad news.

We've trawled through the history books to see where the last 20 League One play-off winners have finished in the regular season, and it won't make happy reading for Sunderland fans ahead of their clash with Portsmouth.Scroll down and click through the pages to see how often a team finishing in fifth have gone on to win the play-offs:

Play-off winners: Manchester City (finished 3rd)

1. 1998/99

Play-off winners: Manchester City (finished 3rd)
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Play-off winners: Gillingham (finished 3rd)

2. 1999/2000

Play-off winners: Gillingham (finished 3rd)
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Play-off winners: Walsall (finished 4th)

3. 2000/01

Play-off winners: Walsall (finished 4th)
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Play-off winners: Stoke City (finished 5th)

4. 2001/02

Play-off winners: Stoke City (finished 5th)
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