Can Exeter win automatic promotion? A look at their run in
Just 13 games now stand between League One and League Two for Exeter City. The run in is here and it’s going to be an exciting few months for Paul Tisdale’s men.
The Grecians haven’t had much luck of late after having a number of games postponed. That leaves them having played the least amount in League Two, two or three behind most of their promotion rivals.
They face Carlisle tomorrow in a game where they will be wanting to push back into the playoffs, so it won’t be easy. They’ll be seeking revenge after last year’s Playoff Semi Final and it’s going to be a thrilling encounter.
Exeter will of course be wanting to keep the pressure on the top three ahead of the final few games. But who do they play and how will they fare?
The Run In: March
Exeter are currently 2/1 with bookmakers to seal automatic promotion with many pundits and those in the know such as Tips Fix backing them ahead of Notts County and Wycombe.
That’s despite a March that isn’t so favourable for The Grecians. While games come thick and fast, City will face Yeovil, Morecambe and Port Vale who are all towards the lower end of the table, but also take on playoff chasing Swindon and Lincoln in the final two games of the month.
Of course, a lot can change between now and then and Tisdale’s men will be perhaps hoping Lincoln have fallen away from the pack and have little to play for.
The Run In: April
April kicks off with Cheltenham who are sat comfortably in mid-table and should be a bread and butter win for them at St James Park.
Cambridge follows, a side they beat 1-0 way back at the beginning of the season. From there it’s a little tougher with Accrington away, a side who will be hoping to clinch the title ahead of Luton.
Currently Stanley sit just one point behind the Hatters, and will still be in contention come mid April.
The final three games of the month could be nice fixtures to set-up an automatic promotion place. Chesterfield are second bottom and five points adrift of safety, while Crawley and Stevenage are firmly in mid-table.
They beat the latter earlier in the season but will be looking to make amends for their 3-1 defeat to Crawley back in November, where they also lost to strugglers Chesterfield the week before.
The final game of the season could see The Grecians having it all to play for. They’ll be expecting to have a playoff place wrapped up as they go into their tie with Colchester on May 5.
It will be a nothing game for their opponents and could be the ideal fixture.
It’s all in Paul Tisdale and his team’s hands. With a number of games in hand, they can catapult themselves into third and guarantee a place in League One for the first time since 2012.