OXFORD United have a rare Tuesday off, but many fans will still be refreshing the Sky Bet League One scores as nervously as ever.

The three teams above and below the fifth-placed U's are all in action tonight and their results are likely to have a big impact on the play-off ambitions of Karl Robinson's side.

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The Oxford Mail will be providing score updates from 7pm and these are the matches we will be watching closest.


The sixth-placed Tangerines only sit below United on goals scored and tonight is one of their two games in hand.

Blackpool beat Sunderland 1-0 at Bloomfield Road ten days ago, but have since lost to relegation-threatened Rochdale and Shrewsbury Town, who are 16th, by the same scoreline.

Sunderland are third despite not tasting victory since they beat United 3-1 on Good Friday, so probably need one more win to tie up a play-off spot.


Like many teams, these two must face each other twice in the closing weeks of the season after Covid saw this fixture postponed from its original date.

Seventh-placed Pompey are also level on points with United, although this is their only game in hand.

Danny Cowley's side are another lacking form, taking one point from four matches before Saturday's 1-0 win that condemned Bristol Rovers to relegation.

Accrington have had some strange results in recent weeks, so tonight's performance may not have too much bearing on how they will do at Fratton Park on the final day.

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Another side with two games in hand on the U's, the Addicks are two points behind their rivals in eighth.

Charlton claimed 11 points from new boss Nigel Adkins' first five matches, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Peterborough United.

With home games against high-flying Lincoln City and Hull City next week, they will target two wins from tonight and Saturday's visit to Accrington.

Crewe have been inconsistent this season, not least when United beat them 6-0 at Gresty Road on April 10.


This one has less of a direct impact on United, but Peterborough can secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship if they beat Doncaster.

If they manage to stay within three points of leaders Hull going into the final day, it would leave The Tigers with something to play for at Charlton - who could need a win to secure a play-off spot.

Other games:

  • AFC Wimbledon v Rochdale
  • Burton Albion v Fleetwood Town
  • Shrewsbury Town v Lincoln City