The run-ins of all main play-off contenders see Colchester United in with a good chance

Richard Brindley, who scored his goal of the season for the U's at Morecambe, is seen here grappling

Richard Brindley, who scored his goal of the season for the U's at Morecambe, is seen here grappling with Blackpool's Andy Taylor during the 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road in February. Both the U's and Blackpool have favourable runs-ins. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL - Credit: Richard Blaxall / Colchester Uni

Now is the time to compare the run-ins of all the chief League Two play-off candidates, with just three games remaining.

Colchester United are currently three places and two points off the top-seven, but they have arguably one of the ‘best’ run-ins of all the contenders.

After today’s home fixture against already-promoted Plymouth, they travel to bottom club Leyton Orient next weekend – the O’s will be relegated today, if they lose at Crewe.

Luton are four points clear of eighth-placed Carlisle, and so look assured of a play-off berth, while fifth-placed Stevenage have a two-point buffer and two home games to come, although their recent form has been indifferent.

Sixth-placed Exeter have to travel to leaders Doncaster next weekend, before ending their campaign with a home match against play-off rivals Carlisle.


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In many ways, Blackpool have the most appealing of all the run-ins. The Seasiders are in seventh spot, but have a good goal difference (plus 19) and have home matches against lowly Cheltenham and Leyton Orient (final game) sandwiching a visit to Notts County.

Cambridge, Carlisle, Accrington and Mansfield all have two of their final three games on the road.

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Here are the run-downs of the U’s play-off contenders, ranging from fourth-placed Luton to 13th-placed Wycombe, who are one of four teams on 62 points:

LUTON (4th, 68pts)

Notts County (h), Accrington (a), Morecambe (h)

STEVENAGE (5th, 66pts)

Mansfield (h), Yeovil (a), Accrington (h)

EXETER (6th, 65pts)

Morecambe (h), Doncaster (a), Carlisle (h)

BLACKPOOL (7th, 64pts)

Cheltenham (h), Notts County (a), Leyton Orient (h)

CARLISLE (8th, 64pts)

Crawley (a), Newport (h), Exeter (a)

CAMBRIDGE (9th, 63pts)

Portsmouth (a), Crawley (h), Wycombe (a)

ACCRINGTON (11th, 62pts)

Newport (a), Luton (h), Stevenage (a)

MANSFIELD (12th, 62pts)

Stevenage (a), Portsmouth (h), Crawley (a)

WYCOMBE (13th, 62pts)

Doncaster (h), Morecambe (a), Cambridge (h)

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