There have been four teams promoted via the play-offs in seventh place. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Where Bristol Rovers, Mansfield, Northampton and Newport need to finish to stand best chance of winning League Two play-offs - based on previous seasons

Bristol Rovers are in the midst of a promotion battle with automatic promotion a possibility but the play-offs a more likelier prospect

Joey Barton’s side are currently in sixth in the League Two standings and are six points behind second-placed Exeter City and four points behind third-placed Port Vale.

A draw against Tranmere Rovers, who dropped out of the promotion spots, despite only dropping two points, is an example of how closely contested the play-off spots are right now.

With five games remaining in the season and games against Forest Green, Port Vale, Salford, who are all in the top 12, points will be crucial at this stage of the season.

Whilst there is still the possibility of the automatic promotion and a win against Port Vale on Easter Monday could swing that, the play-offs may have to be looked at as the more likelier route into League One.

Rovers themselves have got out of this division this way before, having won promotion in the 2006/2007 season under Paul Trollope and Lennie Lawrence with Richard Walker’s brace and Samuel Igoe stoppage time goal elevating them to a higher division.

For some teams, just finishing in these positions will be an achievement, whilst others will try and plot out their route of getting past two legs and then a day in the Wembley Stadium sunshine at the end of May.

Finishing perhaps as the team in seventh has benefited teams in previous years as scraping in on that final day after a good run of form has given them the platform to beat the teams above them.

So base on the past ten seasons, not including the 2019/20 season which was curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we look at where each play-off winner has finished and what position is the most successful.

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