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Leeds prepares for playoffs against Northampton Town

Leeds welcomes Northampton Town to Elland Road Saturday afternoon with their eyes keenly focused on the playoffs that commence next week. Whether the Whites face the MK Dons or Millwall in the semi-finals Simon Grayson will use Saturdays affair as a dress rehearsal before the main event that commences on 8 May.

Despite the rallying cries and other media banter of finishing off the campaign with a victory, Leeds needs to hold back the reigns on Robert Snodgrass to ensure the young Scot is fully fit as well as anticipate a curmudgeonly approach by the visitors. Any thoughts of Northhampton being a casual observer in the final match day of the season needs to be cast aside as the Cobblers are in a relegation scrap and could be sent down should Brighton and Carlisle United come up with victories. Northhampton manager Stuart Gray might be inclined to use a more defensive approach tactically with the notion of gutting out a an all-important point and Simon Grayson is best to consider this in his starting eleven.

All that aside for League One followers the title bout of the day is most assuredly Tranmere's visit of Scunthorpe United. With the Rovers only two points behind Scunthorpe in the final playoff spot this will be a massive test of wills.