Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the relegation places in League Two had virtually been decided but while Stockport are all but down, Barnet’s revival has dragged Burton, Lincoln and Northampton into a dogfight that looks set to go right to the wire. However, the Cobblers can boost their survival hopes this weekend by getting the better of Stevenage at the Sixfields Stadium.
Gary Johnson has yet to register a win as manager of Northampton, who are without a victory in 18 attempts, but they’ve drawn a dozen of those matches and have, in recent weeks, shown signs that a success is just around the corner.
Opponents Stevenage are right in the thick of the scrap for play-off places and are subsequently favoured by bookies but after a run of six straight wins took them right into the mix, Borough have gone off the boil a little of late, winning just one of their last four while their last two on the road have seen them earn just a point with a last-gasp leveller at rock-bottom Stockport before going down 1-0 at Southend.
Graham Westley’s men might just be getting the jitters then and with Northampton edging closer to a crucial triumph, the hosts are worth a modest flutter at 2/1 with William Hill.
For their part, the rejuvenated Bees look up against it despite their improvement, as they head to Accrington. Only Chesterfield can better Stanley’s outstanding home record, which has been a major factor in their shock infiltration of the top seven. John Coleman’s charges have won nine of their last ten at the Crown Ground and Stan James’ 4/5 are hard to oppose here.
Nevertheless, Barnet should still go into the final game of the campaign with a chance of staying up because Lincoln look likely to taste defeat at Oxford, a result rated by Betfred at 11/10. Not in great form having drawn their last four, the U’s have nothing to play for but they will be keen to go out with a bang in their final home game of the season and all of the pressure is on the anxious Imps, who have lost seven of their last eight.
At the top, Bury secured promotion last weekend and Wycombe could edge closer to joining them in League One by beating the Shakers at Gigg Lane. The hosts could take their eye off the ball a touch now that they know they’re up and the Chairboys are a generous 12/5 with Coral to capitalise on any lack of intensity in Bury’s performance level.