Play-off run in (part 6)

Last updated : 03 May 2008 By Jamie Furniss
Watford, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Ipswich and Sheffield United all remain in the chase to grab 5th and 6th spots. We give you an insight of what they face in the final games of the season.

After a suprising defeat against Scunthrope last weekend, Watford go into the final game still able to drop outside the play-offs. Watford looked like a certainty to be occupying a play-off place a couple of months back but after only picking up four points out of a possible eighteen in the last six matches has left Aidy Boothroyd's Hornets travelling to Bloomfield Road still not knowing what their feat will be for next season.

Crystal Palace
Neil Warnock's Eagles have put themselves in a sticky situation. A win last Saturday against Hull City would have all but clinched a play-off place for the Londoners. But after losing to the Humberside outfit they do have the better of chances out of the lot. Despite Watford higher in the league table than Palace, if you go on form then Palace are strong favourites to clinch a play-off place as they face Owen Coyle's Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Mick Mccarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers face a tricky encounter against Paul Sturrock's Plymouth. The match will be played at Molineux while Wolves put pressure on Palace and only sit one place and one point behind the Eagles. The Pilgrims were looking to be play-off contenders but a bad run of late has meant they will have to wait another season for the chance to reach the promise land.

The Tractor Boys will battle it out with automatic challengers Hull City. Jim Magilton's Ipswich have had two draws on the bounce while Phil Brown's Hull look strong after only losing one out of the last eight games. That was obviously against the Blades at Bramall Lane a few weeks back.

Sheffield United
After securing a three year deal with the club, Kevin Blackwell and his players will be fired up after only losing two games in thriteen. A very slim chance of reaching the play-offs is on the cards for the Blades but if results elsewhere go how United want them to then be expected for a nail biting finish. A brace from Gary Speed ensured United took all three points last time out. The Blades opponents Southampton need a win desperately or else their feat next season could be League 1 football.

Play-off run in (part 7) will be published after all the weekend games on Sunday evening.