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The state of play: The possible ups and downs in The Football League

19 April 2016

We've reached the business end of the 2015/16 season, and titles, promotions and relegations are now being decided!

Three relegations have already been confirmed, as have two new arrivals in The Football League. We also have our first champions of the campaign, with Northampton Town clinching the Sky Bet League 2 crown at the weekend.

So what can happen on Matchday 43? Let’s find out…

Sky Bet Championship

Charlton Athletic and Milton Keynes Dons could be relegated on Tuesday evening.

It’s a must-win game away at already-relegated Bolton Wanderers for the Addicks, with anything but victory sending them down from the Sky Bet Championship.

Because Nottingham Forest host Blackburn Rovers – both on 47 points – a win for Jose Riga’s men would extend their stay in the division until Saturday, at least.

If that fixture at the City Ground is drawn, MK Dons could make an immediate return to Sky Bet League 1 if they lose at Sheffield Wednesday.

Should those two results occur, combined with Fulham and Rotherham United picking up at least a point in their respective games – away at Ipswich Town and at home to Huddersfield Town – then the Dons will be relegated.

Up:
Down: Bolton Wanderers

Sky Bet League 1

Crewe Alexandra have already been relegated to Sky Bet League 2, but could take Colchester United with them on Matchday 43.

A loss for the U’s would send them down if Shrewsbury Town and Fleetwood Town both pick up at least a point. They play Sheffield United and Millwall respectively.

If Kevin Keen’s side draw, the aforementioned clubs would need to win and Oldham Athletic would require a point to send the Essex club down from Sky Bet League 1.

Victory for Colchester would preserve their divisional status regardless of other results.

Up:
Down: Crewe Alexandra

Sky Bet League 2

After Saturday’s fixtures, Northampton were crowned champions, while Dagenham & Redbridge were relegated from The Football League.

York City could suffer the same fate as the Daggers on Tuesday night, with anything less than three points at home to Portsmouth sending them down.

The Minstermen could still be relegated with victory, but it would take a win for Newport County and a point for Stevenage for that to happen – they host Oxford United and Bristol Rovers respectively.

Champions: Northampton Town
Up:
Down: Dagenham & Redbridge

The new arrivals

Aston Villa and Cheltenham Town will play in The Football League next season.

Defeat at Manchester United confirmed Villa’s relegation at the weekend, while the Robins return at the first attempt, sealing the National League title with a 2-0 win at Whaddon Road.

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