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By Tony Alvarez
The last fixture of the season in the English Football leagues takes place at Wembley on Sunday as the league 2 play off final is contested between Crewe and Cheltenham.
Both sides are vying to make the step up and be playing in League One next year, there is also many players hoping this fixture can put them in the shop window for a move onto bigger and better things.

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By Tony Alvarez

Today sees the final fixtures in the regular season for both League One and League Two earlier in the week I wrote  a piece looking at the teams chasing automatic promotion and the play offs in League One, I will now focus on the positions up for grab in League Two.

As I earlier wrote an article on the relegation battle and who will survive the drop to non League Football I wont talk about that instead I will look at the teams battling for automatic promotion and play off positions.

The main talking point of the weekend is who will clinch 3rd place and an automatic promotion to League One. There are three teams in contention for just one position.

Crawley Town who recently lost manager Steve Evans to Rotherham are in pole position the currently occupy third spot with 81 points and a goal difference of +21 hot on their heels are Torquay who also have 81 points but only have a goal difference of +9 . The third team in with a chance is Southend United, they are a point behind bothCrawleyand Torquay but have a superior goal difference of +27.

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By Tony Alvarez

Last season myself and Laurie both picked a side from the FA
cup onwards and followed them throughout the tournament when they lost we
followed the team who beat them, this continued all the way through to the
final. This year is no different I am focusing Essex side Colchester United who travel to League Two side Crewe Alexandra.

This game is huge for both sides as both will hope for a cup run to bring some money and fame to the club similar to the way the Carling Cup did for Aldershot Town this season.

This fixture is also a match which both sides will feel they have a chance of winning and progressing to the next round which would put them one step away from a potential glamour tie against one of the big boys.

Although Colchester are the team I chose to focus on it would be unfair to write an article involving Crewe that does not recognise this is their first fixture with Steve Davis at the helm after Dario Gradi took up a role behind the scenes at the club after over 1000 games in the managerial hot seat in various spells.

Whilst this is not one of the glamour ties of the first round proper with a side people of barely heard of against an established football league club it is an intriguing fixture, Crewe obviously have home advantage and will be in front of a rampant crowd with the players eager to impress the new “gaffer”.

Colchester meanwhile have the more experienced players having been playing at a higher level for the last few years, in essence you could argue it’s the better team against a hostile crowd and players eager to impress.

Colchester United (The U’s) posses some dangerous players some have been linked with moves up the football leagues many have played their before and others are very consistent performers in League One.

At the moment it would be fair to say that star of theColchestershow is centre midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, the 22 year old who can also play out wide is the sides top scorer with 7 goals in all competitions so far this term.

He has a wand of a left foot and is particularly dangerous from set pieces with either attempts at goal or his delivery into the box, he has often been linked with a move away from Colchester but has remained fully committed too the club and this season he has really found some form.

Another danger man for theCrewebackline to be wary of is striker Ian Henderson, despite only scoring 5 goals so far this season he generally knows how to find the back of the net or lay the ball on a plate for his team mates.

He became a fans favourite atColchesterlast term due to his tendency for scoring important goals and his tireless work rate.

He also has Premier League pedigree after winning the 1st division (now named the Championship) withNorwich in 2003-2004 he played a handful of fixtures in the premiership.

Crewe are performing poorly so far this season lying 18th in the League Two table and the summer loss of top scorer Clayton Donaldson to Brentford appears to be hitting the club hard.

They currently have 19 points but are on a poor run of form which has seen them lose 3 on the bounce in all competitions and pick up just 6 points from the last 18 available to them.

I think Colchester will have too much quality and will travel back down to Essex having progressed to round Two of the FA Cup however the tie by no means will be easy and ifColchesterturn up not ready for the battle they could find themselves licking their wounds.

Prediction: Crewe 1 Colchester 3

What are your thoughts? Do you think the U’s have too much for Crewe? Will Crewe put in that extra 10% now the new man is in the hot seat permanently? What do you predict the score will be? Leave a comment and let us know

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