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Preston and MK Dons are both looking to claim second place in League One to secure automatic promotion this season.

All eyes are on the battle between Preston North End and MK Dons this weekend for the second automatic promotion spot as those two clubs look to join Bristol City in the Championship next season.

Bristol City secured the League One title last week, so it is left to Preston and MK Dons to fight it out for second place.

Simon Grayson's Preston sit just one point ahead of Karl Robinson's Dons and they travel to Colchester who are facing a different kind of battle.

Preston are unbeaten in their last 18 league games and they face a Colchester side determined to avoid the drop, but they are relying on a victory and other sides to lose to escape from relegation.

MK Dons have the easier task of the two clubs as they host relegated Yeovil at Stadium MK. The Buckinghamshire-based side are nearing 100 goals for the season and have bagged 15 in their last four matches, all of which have been victories.

They face a Glovers side who have won two out of their last three games having been relegated for a couple of weeks.

Swindon for so long looked likely to be the other side to accompany Bristol City into the Championship but they have seen their form slide. That has enabled Preston and MK Dons to close the gap and eventually eclipse the Robins.

Mark Cooper's men will host relegation-threatened Leyton Orient, who need to win and rely on other results to avoid the drop. It's been a turbulent season for the O's, who last season were just a penalty kick away from promotion to the Championship.

The other two sides who are in the play-offs face each other at Bramall Lane. Chesterfield sit just two points behind Sheffield United in sixth place and Paul Cook's side know that victory will mean fifth place and a meeting with Swindon Town. Defeat for the Spireites and they will play either Preston North End or MK Dons.

Down at the foot of the table, six clubs are battling to avoid the three remaining places in the relegation zone.

Leyton Orient and Colchester both know they have to win, whilst Crawley can avoid relegation with a draw but only if Notts County lose.

Crawley host Coventry City and the Sky Blues have an outside chance of going down themselves. It would require Crawley to win and Crewe and Notts County to lose for that to happen.

County travel to Gillingham and are only out of the bottom four on goal difference, so a victory would mean that Ricardo Moniz's side will have stayed up against the odds. The Magpies' form has plummeted in recent weeks, with only one win in their last 12 matches.

Crewe host Bradford City knowing victory will mean that Steve Davis' side have avoided relegation and they may only require a point, but that depends on other results.

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