What’s still possible: League 2, 2 Apr 2017

With Rotherham’s relegation confirmed yesterday and the season fast running out of matches, I thought it was worth dusting off another post from last year which looked at what was still mathematically possible (no matter how unlikely) in each division.

A quick explanation

I’ve built a tool which narrows down how far each club can move based on the maximum number of points everyone has available and then checks for individual matches that limit how far each club can actually move before recalculating the table. I’ve then plugged the results into my existing permutations graphics to show each club’s range of movement.

If you’re not convinced by anything then there’s a handy tool that you can use to manually check what’s possible yourself.

Incredibly it’s still possible for 20th-placed Morecambe to be promoted this season. They’re actually one of seven clubs who are still technically able to be either promoted or relegated.

Over half the division – down to 13th-placed Accrington are actually able to secure automatic promotion with the right combination of results, and almost half of the clubs – from 14th-placed Grimsby downwards – can still drop into the National League.

Leaders Doncaster are the only team guaranteed to finish in at least a play-off position, with second-placed Plymouth the only other club who can be sure of a top-half finish.

Things are looking bleak for Leyton Orient but there are still eight clubs they can overtake between now and the end of the season.