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EFL preview: Who could get promoted or relegated this weekend?

It could be a contrast of emotions for Luton Town and MK Dons this weekend. Credit: PA

The Football League season is now approaching the finishing line, and many of our teams still have it all to play for.

Promotion is the prize for Luton Town in League Two, but in League One, Northampton Town and MK Dons are facing the drop.

Here's our look at what's at stake this weekend...

  • League One
Northampton Town and MK Dons both face must-win games this weekend. Credit: PA

Time is running out for both MK Dons and Northampton Town to save themselves from relegation and defeat for either or both of them on Saturday would almost certainly spell the end.

Northampton, who are four points adrift of safety, host promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle at Sixfields and captain David Buchanan has urged supporters to generate a hostile atmosphere as the Cobblers chase a win that would just about keep their survival hopes alive.

Realistically, they would also need to win their other remaining two fixtures to stand any chance of staying up, but a victory over Plymouth would be the best possible starting point.

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It's also looking increasingly bleak for MK Dons who need to make up a five-point deficit with just four games left to play.

The Dons travel to mid-table Southend United knowing that three points is a must.

Both Northampton Town and MK Dons are in real danger of going down. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The worry for them though is that they're showing absolutely no signs of a mounting a miraculous recovery - having lost their last three games, shipping nine goals in the process.

Although both clubs won't be mathematically relegated this weekend, anything other than maximum points would leave them on the brink - especially when you consider that goal difference could yet be a major factor.

Peterborough United have the weekend off after they lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Thursday night.

  • League Two
James Collins' goals have helped fire Luton Town to the brink of promotion. Credit: PA

There's every chance that Luton Town will leapfrog MK Dons and Northampton Town on their way to League One.

The Hatters will be promoted on Saturday if they manage to win at Carlisle United.

Even a draw could be enough if fourth-placed Exeter City fail to beat Crawley Town, but the Hatters will be keen to go up in style.

It would be a sweet feeling for manager Nathan Jones and his squad, having missed out in the play-offs a year ago to Blackpool.

The League Two title still isn't out of the question either, although the odds are firmly stacked in favour of Accrington Stanley who have a four-point cushion at the top of the division and a game in hand to boot.

Luton Town look set to gain promotion sooner rather than later. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stevenage don't have much left to play for, but they could have a big say in the promotion race when they travel to seventh-placed Coventry City on Friday night.

Colchester United's play-off hopes look to be all but over after losing to Notts County last week, although they'll still be trying to finish the season strong - starting with an away game at Lincoln City.

Cambridge United welcome fellow mid-table side Cheltenham Town to the Abbey Stadium.

  • Championship
Ipswich Town are currently just above rivals Norwich City. Credit: PA

There's not much to see here with both Norwich City and Ipswich Town marooned in mid-table.

Neither club has any chance of gaining promotion or getting relegated, so it's all about who can finish higher in the table.

Ipswich are currently just ahead of their rivals on goal difference and they face Aston Villa at Portman Road this weekend where caretaker boss Bryan Klug will be aiming for his first victory.

Elsewhere, Norwich have a reunion with their old manager Alex Neil who's now in charge of Preston North End.

Preston still have a chance of making the play-offs and trail sixth-placed Millwall by three points.

If Millwall lose against Fulham on Friday evening, that could give them all the incentive they need to see off the Canaries at Deepdale.