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Ups and downs: EFL State of Play - matchday permutations

21 April 2017

Five of the seven automatic promotion spots in the EFL have been taken already, and the remaining two could be sewn up by Monday night.

Here's a look at the latest matchday permutations ahead of the EFL weekend...

Brighton & Hove Albion will be crowned champions of the Sky Bet Championship with victory against Norwich City on Friday night.

Should the Seagulls drop points, they will be left waiting until Monday night, where Newcastle United will need to better that result when they host Preston North End if they are to keep the title race alive.

Alternatively, that game could see Newcastle United promoted, if Reading drop points and Huddersfield Town lose on Saturday. The Magpies would need three points to book a top-flight return.

Image: Table prior to Brighton & Hove Albion versus Norwich City

At the opposite end, Wigan Athletic are at the risk of relegation, if they drop points at home to Cardiff City.

A loss, and they would be down if Nottingham Forest can beat Reading. A draw, combined with Forest winning and Birmingham City drawing at Aston Villa on Sunday, would also result in a return to Sky Bet League One.

Promoted: Brighton & Hove Albion
Relegated: Rotherham United

Victory for Bolton Wanderers at Port Vale on Saturday could see them promoted, but they require third-placed Fleetwood Town to drop points at Gillingham.

Swindon Town could be relegated if they fail to beat Scunthorpe United at home. If the Robins lose, and Bury get a point at home to Northampton Town, they will be down.

A draw against the Iron, and it would take a Shakers win along with a point for Shrewsbury Town to send Luke Williams' men to Sky Bet League Two.

Champions: Sheffield United
Relegated: Chesterfield, Coventry City

If Leyton Orient lose at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, they will be relegated out of the EFL.

Three points might not necessarily be enough, however. If Hartlepool United better their result, at home to Barnet, that would also result in the drop for the O's.

We could see a return to the EFL too, with Lincoln City able to seal promotion from The National League this Saturday. Three points at home to Macclesfield Town in a lunchtime kick-off would see them up, or if Tranmere Rovers drop points against Southport later that day.

Promoted: Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth

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