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Chesterfield, Rochdale, Scunthorpe could all take League Two title

| 03.05.2014

There’s a good old-fashioned three-way dance in League Two to see who will be crowned champions of the fourth-tier. Chesterfield and Rochdale are locked together on 81 points, with the Spireites ahead on goal difference.

Coral make the Derbyshire side odds-on favourites at 1/2 to take the title ahead of Dale at 12/5. Scunthorpe United are a point further back, but are 11/2 outsiders to be outright winners because they would need both teams above them to slip up.

Chesterfield face Fleetwood Town, who are guaranteed a play-off place and can finish no higher, so are odds-on at 4/5 for the victory they need to wrap up the title.

Rochdale, meanwhile, must realistically hope the Spireites drop points, because a win at Newport County (evens) would have to come by a superior margin of nine to how Chesterfield get on. Draws for both Dale and the Spireites (both 5/2) and a victory for the Iron over York City (17/20) would hand the title to Scunthorpe.

Already relegated Torquay United could drag Wycombe Wanderers down with them. Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys are odds-on for the drop at 1/6 and must win away on the south coast (6/4) to have hope of survival. A draw (12/5) or home victory (17/10) will relegate Wycombe.

Even them the Chairboys could still go out of the Football League, because Ainsworth needs either Northampton Town (13/2 to go down) or Bristol Rovers (10/1) to lose. Chris Wilder welcomes former club Oxford United to Sixfields, and there would be bitter irony if they sent his side down after leaving them mid-season.

A combination of such a loss (3/1) and Wycombe winning would relegate Northampton. A point for Town (12/5) is enough to preserve their status, however. Bristol Rovers, meanwhile, would need a very unlikely combination of results to be relegated.

They need to lose to mid-table Mansfield Town to nil (11/2), Northampton get a draw at worst and Wycombe win by a single goal margin. This permutation would put Rovers down on goals scored.

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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.