How the League One promotion chase will end
Rochdale fans must be wetting themselves with excitement. TheyÃ¢ÂÂre currently top of League Two and face the prospect of leaving the division for the first time in 36 years.
In the division above, Norwich City fans are probably more expectant and theyÃ¢ÂÂre looking good for the title. For the rest of us battling it out at the top end of the table, though, itÃ¢ÂÂs squeaky bum time.
Until Tuesday night, pacesetters Leeds were without a win in seven. Below them, Charlton had won one game in seven before last weekend. Huddersfield have lost three in a row. Swindon have just lost consecutive league games for the first time this season... seems like the nerves are getting to everybody.
And we all play each other in the denouement...
It's a long time since the FA Cup win at Old Trafford. Leeds were without a win in seven until beating Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night. Jermaine Beckford bagged a brace in the 4-1 win and scored the equaliser during the WhitesÃ¢ÂÂ 1-0 draw at home to Brentford on Saturday, but had previously been without a goal in six.
They face Southampton, Millwall, Norwich and Swindon in their next four games, and Charlton and Bristol Rovers in the denouement. They have the best away record in the league, with nine wins.
Charlton have won just three in their last eight and have drifted five points adrift of Leeds in second place. However, with Leeds facing all the teams around them in the next four games, Phil ParkinsonÃ¢ÂÂs side might fancy catching them.
That said, after a little local kickabout with Millwall this weekend, they face Huddersfield, MK Dons, Colchester and Southampton Ã¢ÂÂ and from a Swindon perspective, when they came to the County Ground they looked like one of the worst sides around the top of the division.
Anyone who saw ColchesterÃ¢ÂÂs televised win against Southend two weeks ago will know exactly why the Us home form is so good: their pitch resembles a sandpit.
Aidy BoothroydÃ¢ÂÂs side have the easiest run of games, too, facing five of the lower sides before back-to-back matches against Millwall and Swindon. TheyÃ¢ÂÂve lost twice at home all season, to Norwich and Leeds, and this form should be enough to see them over the line and into the play-offs.
The leagueÃ¢ÂÂs form team with six wins in their last eight games. TheyÃ¢ÂÂll need to continue that form as they face Charlton and Leeds in the next two matches, although they boast the leagueÃ¢ÂÂs best record against teams in the top half of the table.
Win their next two, or avoid defeat, and Kenny Jackett's men face a genteel stroll towards the end of the season Ã¢ÂÂ matches against Stockport, Brentford, Gillingham, Yeovil, Leyton Orient and Tranmere punctuated only by clashes with Colchester, Huddersfield and on the final day of the season, us...
Three wins in eight isnÃ¢ÂÂt the kind of form you want when entering the most crucial stage of the season. Before this week, opposing sides had been talking us up as outside shots at automatic promotion, but Swindon fans knew the frailties of Danny WilsonÃ¢ÂÂs squad.
Back-to-back defeats will now test the RobinsÃ¢ÂÂ mettle. We have failed to win a game after going behind, so going ahead is proving crucial. Worse still, Charlie Austin and Billy Paynter Ã¢ÂÂ with 31 league goals between them Ã¢ÂÂ are without a goal in three. Saints, Leeds and Norwich to come in the next three weeks...
League OneÃ¢ÂÂs big spenders are underachieving. Without a win in three, they face Charlton and Norwich in their next three games and could lose sight if those above them win.
Both those games are at home, but Lee Clark's side have the worst home record of any of the top eight. They also face a tricky tie at Leyton Orient, who have held Swindon and beaten Leeds in their last two home games.
Four wins in the last eight have seen Paul InceÃ¢ÂÂs side draw within five points of sixth place, but they face every team in the promotion shake-up between now and the end of the season. That could be a great opportunity, but it doesn't make for the easiest of run-ins.
Rovers will have fewer easier afternoons than the one they enjoyed at our expense last weekend. Tactically they were spot on, hitting us on the break and showing clinical finishing in front of goal.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs three wins in a row for Paul TrollopeÃ¢ÂÂs side, and they donÃ¢ÂÂt face another play-off rival until April 5, when they play MK Dons. Dark horses now theyÃ¢ÂÂve ended their away-day hoodoo...
Saints may have left it too late, but neither Swindon nor Leeds Ã¢ÂÂ the next two visitors to St MaryÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂ will relish travelling to the south coast. Alan Pardew's side put five past Huddersfield and Walsall and have won their last five at home.
However, consistency has been their problem, and a disappointing defeat away at Tranmere epitomised their fallibity. With Lee Barnard amongst the goals Ã¢ÂÂ he's got six in five games Ã¢ÂÂ theyÃ¢ÂÂll be a match for anyone, but IÃ¢ÂÂm hoping their minds will be on Wembley and the JPT final insteadÃ¢ÂÂ¦
My top six (in order):
1. Norwich City
2. Leeds United
3. Colchester United
5. Swindon Town
6. Bristol Rovers