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.

By Mark Donnelly
Monday, 06 May, 2019, 11:34
Sunderland's fifth place finish looks to be bad news - here's why

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)
Play-off winners: Gillingham (finished 3rd)
Play-off winners: Walsall (finished 4th)
Play-off winners: Stoke City (finished 5th)
Play-off winners: Cardiff City (finished 6th)
Play-off winners: Brighton & Hove Albion (finished 4th)
Play-off winners: Sheffield Wednesday (finished 5th)
Play-off winners: Barnsley (finished 5th)
Play-off winners: Blackpool (finished 3rd)
Play-off winners: Doncaster Rovers (finished 3rd)

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Play-off winners: Scunthorpe United (finished 6th)
Play-off winners: Millwall (finished 3rd)
Play-off winners: Peterborough (finished 4th)
Play-off winners: Huddersfield Town (finished 4th)
Play-off winners: Yeovil Town (finished 4th)
Play-off winners: Rotherham United (finished 4th)
Play-off winners: Preston North End (finished 3rd)
Play-off winners: Barnsley (finished 6th)
Play-off winners: Millwall (finished 6th)
Play-off winners: Rotherham United (finished 4th)