The promotion and relegation battles in League Two are as fierce as ever this season, and tonight’s midweek action is not exempt from that as automatic promotion hopefuls Wrexham travel to a Sutton United side currently sat adrift in the bottom two.
Wrexham’s recent form has been particularly unextraordinary, as they have lost three league matches on the bounce, with that run extending to four if you include their FA Cup disappointment against Blackburn Rovers. The Welsh outfit have struggled for goals during that run, with their only league goal in the past three outings being in a 3-1 away defeat to Salford City.
With teams around them picking up points, such as all three of the sides currently in the automatic promotion places, Phil Parkinson’s men may be targeting this match as an opportunity to get their push for League One football back on track.
Sutton on the other hand have also had a pretty torrid time of it this season. Currently sitting in 23rd, and seven points off safety, they are without a win since Boxing Day. New boss Steve Morison had hoped to turn the club’s fortunes around after picking up four draws in their last six games, however, so far, it has failed to be enough. They will now be hoping that their shift in tactics, to a five-back formation, will allow them to keep solid in their matches.
A win for the home side won’t do anything to their league position. Still, it could help close the gap to Grimsby Town and Colchester United just out of the relegation zone, whereas an away victory could see Wrexham revisit the automatic promotion spots.
Here is what The Real EFL pundits think about this matchup…
“On paper, when predicting a game between 5th and 23rd, you’ll only have one outcome. However, Wrexham’s recent form throws that into question. Not only are they struggling to win, but they have also struggled to score, something which has not really been much of a problem all season. The loss of form at this stage does not have to be too detrimental to their whole campaign, but that will require them to turn things around sooner rather than later.
Sutton may not have viewed this as a winnable game in their relegation dogfight, however, with some of the recent belief instilled at the club by their change of manager, they may think that it is now a distinct possibility that they get something out of this game.
This is not a traditional must-win for both sides. The Dragons are still only two points behind Crewe Alexandra in 3rd and have two games in hand and as stated, this is hardly one that Sutton will be expected to win, even though I now think there’s a chance, therefore, I’m going for a bit of an upset and think the home side will clinch a draw.”
Sutton United 1-1 Wrexham