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The state of play in The Sky Bet Football League

1 May 2015

Here's a look at the permutations in each division heading into the final weekend of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Football League season.

Sky Bet Championship

Title: Watford will win the division if they beat Sheffield Wednesday. If they fail to win, then Bournemouth will take the title, providing they overcome Charlton Athletic.

Promotion: Second-placed Bournemouth lead Middlesbrough in third by three points and have an advantage of 19 goals, so are all but promoted to the Premier League.

Play-Offs: Middlesbrough (3rd, 84 points) and Norwich City (4th, 83) have confirmed their place in the Play-Offs.

Ipswich Town (5th, 78 points) and Derby County (6th, 77) are in pole position for the other two top-six places. They can only be caught by Brentford (7th, 75 points) and Wolves (8th, 75 points), who must win to have any chance of making the Play-Offs.

Ipswich will secure their place providing they do not lose to Blackburn, while Derby will seal their place in the top six if they match or better the results of Brentford and Wolves. However, a draw would probably do for the Rams due to their far superior goal difference over the chasing pair.

Relegation: Blackpool, Wigan Athletic and Millwall cannot escape the bottom three on the final day and will drop into Sky Bet League 1 next term.

Click here to see the Sky Bet Championship table in full

Sky Bet League 1

Title: Done and dusted. Bristol City are the Sky Bet League 1 champions.

Promotion: The second automatic promotion place will go to either Preston North End or Milton Keynes. Preston have the upper hand (2nd, 89 points) and know a win against Colchester United would take them into the Sky Bet Championship. A draw would also be enough, if MK Dons (3rd, 88 points) fail to beat bottom-of-the-table Yeovil Town.

Play-Offs: One of Preston or MK Dons will join Swindon Town, Sheffield United and Chesterfield in the Play-Offs.

Relegation: Three teams out of six - Leyton Orient, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Notts County, Crewe Alexandra and Coventry City - will be relegated to Sky Bet League 2 on the final day, alongside Yeovil Town.

Coventry and Crewe both know they'll stay up with a win but a draw would also be enough for the Sky Blues, who play fellow strugglers Crawley. Three points for Notts County should also see them safe, as they boast a superior goal difference to the Reds.

Leyton Orient and Colchester are dependant on other results but the O's must win to have any chance of survival.

Click here to see the Sky Bet League 1 table in full

Sky Bet League 2

Title: Table-toppers Burton Albion (91 points) will secure the Sky Bet League 2 if they win away at Cambridge United on Saturday. If the Brewers draw, Shrewsbury Town (2nd, 89) will pip them to the title if they taste success at Plymouth Argyle, courtesy of their superior goal difference. Likewise, if Burton lose and Shrewsbury win, the latter will top the tree on the final day.

Promotion: Southend United (3rd, 84) currently occupy the last of the automatic promotion places, and a win away to Morecambe will see them finish the season there. However, should they be denied three points and Bury (4th, 82) take the spoils at already-relegated Tranmere Rovers, they’ll slip into the Play-Off places, with the Shakers snatching promotion.
In with an outside chance of going up automatically are Wycombe Wanderers (5th, 81), who must win at Northampton Town to have any chance. The Chairboys’ fate is not in their own hands, though, and they’ll only book their place in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend should Southend lose and Bury fail to win.

Play-Offs: Whichever two teams fail to earn automatic promotion out of Wycombe, Bury and Southend will compete in the Play-Offs alongside Stevenage and, most likely, Plymouth, barring a miraculous goal swing.

For anything to change, Plymouth would have to lose, and lose heavily, at home to Shrewsbury. Then, Luton Town, who trail the Pilgrims by eight on goal difference, would have to win big and hope Plymouth capitulate.

Newport County’s chances are even shorter, with their goal difference a mere -2 ahead to their clash with Oxford United. The Exiles would have to net goals in abundance to have any hope of edging Plymouth (16) and Luton’s (8) differential.

Relegation: Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town will only have pride to play for on the final day – their relegation out of The Football League was confirmed last weekend.

Click here to see the Sky Bet League 2 table in full

Follow all the goal action on Twitter over the final weekend of the season via @SkyBetChamp, @SkyBetLeague1 and @SkyBetLeague2.

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