The O's will return to Sky Bet League One next season for the first time in 8 years. This comes after a dominating League Two campaign with 25 wins, 12 draws and just 6 losses as it currently stands.
Orient have just three games remaining, however they are promoted as Champions regardless of those outcomes. The remaining fixtures come against heavily in form top-half clubs who are either looking to cement their place in the playoffs, fighting for autos or hoping to remain there. The O's travel to Mansfield Town on Tuesday night, host Stockport County on Saturday afternoon and finally wrap up their successful League Two season against playoff contenders Bradford City away from home on the 8th of May - however, the importance doesn't lay on Orient to win these.
With the current remaining fixtures, it is all still extremely close in the top half. 8th Mansfield Town sit just one place outside the playoffs on goal difference with 72 points, matching that of Bradford and Salford who both also stand on 72 points, however both teams sitting inside the playoff places on goal difference. The Ammies have played one game more than both Bradford and Mansfield and they will be hoping the clubs can't capitalise on their game in hand. If either the Bantams or the Stags don't win their upcoming games, Salford will be able to sit inside the playoffs for a little while longer before travelling to Cumbria for their fixture with Carlisle on Saturday. The blues are also battling it out in the playoffs to solidify their position there. Both teams however in great form and we can expect to see them both qualify for the playoffs.
There will be a lot of weight on Mansfield in their commute to Champions Orient on Tuesday. If the Stags can't beat the Champions on Tuesday night and Bantams somehow capitalise on their game in hand against 2nd place Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon, it could push them further away from playoffs. The Stags will have to rely on picking up points against struggling sides Harrogate Town and Colchester in their remaining fixtures.
The Bantams having to face an in-form Cobblers on Saturday afternoon who are promoted if they win - poses a large threat to Bradford as they fight to contend for the playoffs. Just after Northampton on the Saturday, in the Bantam's remaining fixtures they will travel to struggling Crewe Alexandra looking to pick up all 3 points before taking on the Champions on the final day of the season.
In conclusion to the current form of the playoff contenders and remaining League Two fixtures, we have made some final predictions on how we see the season ending and where the teams will finish before the 1st leg of the Sky Bet League Two playoffs commence on the 13th of May.
Now based on remaining fixtures for clubs in the top 8 only, not including 9th Barrow as they currently stand 10 points behind 8th place Mansfield - it does appear as though the Stags may become stagnant with their remaining fixtures allowing Bradford to take advantage of their recent good form, despite the difficulty of some of their final games. For the Ammies and Carlisle, we can see Salford potentially overthrowing them in the league as per the teams remaining in their respective fixture list and how those teams are doing for form. However, as highlighted many times before, anything can happen in football. Especially in League Two, in the final stages of the season.
We can't see Stockport moving back into an automatic spot as it stands, based on the premise that Stevenage are in wonderous form with a game in hand over the Hatters. Three points at Swindon Town tomorrow, who are also in improved form, will surely see them move four points clear of Stockport in 3rd. It could be the difference maker in securing that spot and gaining the Boro automatic promotion into League One. Meanwhile, 1st and 2nd place Leyton Orient and Northampton Town do have some difficult fixtures coming up in the remaining season, however they are in the position they are because of their sustained form and will look to build on the momentum and confidence going into their 2023/24 League One campaign. It's now only a few weeks before we see the league table reach its long awaited conclusion. What is your unpopular prediction and what surprises do you think we could see unfold in the league table in the remaining numbers of games?