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EFL preview: Pivotal weekend in League Two as the race for the play-offs takes centre stage

Stevenage, Cambridge and Luton will all be hoping to finish in the top seven at the end of the season. Credit: PA

With our Championship clubs taking the weekend off for the international break, the focus will turn towards League Two in particular where the race for the play-offs is entering a dramatic conclusion.

Stevenage and Luton Town look the best-placed to grab a top seven spot as things stand, but Cambridge United and Colchester United both know that a good end to the campaign could propel them into contention too.

This weekend's fixtures will have a big bearing on the final promotion shake-up, so here's our guide of what to expect...

  • Cambridge United v Stevenage
Stevenage and Cambridge go head-to-head this weekend. Credit: PA

Stevenage are undoubtedly one of the form teams in the entire country at the moment, having won nine of their last 11 games.

Such a positive run of results has lifted them from mid-table obscurity to the brink of the automatic promotion spots, with the goals of star striker Matt Godden playing a key role in their rise.

Cambridge United are the next team in their path, and they need the win just as much to keep their own play-off dreams alive.

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The U's are currently five points adrift of seventh place, but victory would put them right back in the mix.

With so much at stake and local bragging rights also on the line, it promises to be a fantastic atmosphere at the Cambs Glass Stadium as both teams go for three points that would mean so much.

Cambridge United v Stevenage, Sky Bet League Two, Saturday 25 March, 15:00

  • Colchester United v Luton Town
Colchester and Luton will both be desperate for the three points. Credit: PA

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones was far from happy with his team in midweek after they failed to capatlise on their game in hand at Newport.

That 1-1 draw in Wales means there's an even bigger requirement to leave Colchester with a win, with the gap to third-placed Portsmouth currently standing at five points.

Inevitably, Colchester's own play-off challenge has been hampered by injuries to a number of key players in recent weeks - with the likes of Kurtis Guthrie and Craig Slater unable to play any further part this season.

They were joined by Sammie Szmodics who broke his leg in the defeat to Crewe last time out, but despite lady luck not being on their side, manager John McGreal is refusing to give up.

I think that six of the eleven that started against Luton last time are not available.

But, we've got players in who've come in and done a tremendous job.

We've been hit with injuries, but we've got a good squad to try and get us through from now until the end of the season and we'll go with what we've got.

– John McGreal, Colchester United manager

Colchester United v Luton Town, Sky Bet League Two, Saturday 25 March, 15:00

  • This weekend's other fixtures
Phil Brown will celebrate four years in charge of Southend this weekend. Credit: PA
  • AFC Wimbledon v Southend United (League One)
  • Gillingham v Peterborough United (League One)
  • Northampton Town v Oxford United (League One)
  • Port Vale v MK Dons (League One)