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Ups and downs: EFL State of Play - matchday permutations

28 April 2017

The Sky Bet League One season reaches its conclusion this Sunday, with automatic promotion and Play-Off races – and the battle to beat the drop – still ongoing.

Not everything is wrapped up in the Sky Bet Championship or Sky Bet League Two either. Here's the state of play...

Brighton & Hove Albion couldn't clinch the Sky Bet Championship crown last week, but they will this week should they beat Bristol City at home, or if Newcastle United don't better their result. The Magpies travel to Cardiff City on Friday night.

At the opposite end, Wigan Athletic will be relegated if they fail to win at Reading. If they do triumph, they could still slide if Birmingham City get a point or Blackburn Rovers win.

Rovers could also go down this weekend if they drop points. A loss, combined with Nottingham Forest drawing and Birmingham winning would send them to Sky Bet League One, while a point at home to Aston Villa would require both those sides to win.

A point for Reading, and a win for Sheffield Wednesday, who travel to Ipswich Town, would guarantee both clubs a place in the Play-Offs regardless of other results.

Fulham, who host Brentford, are three points clear of Leeds United, and would virtually assure a top-six spot if they match the Whites' result against Norwich City.

Table: Click here for the Sky Bet Championship standings

Promoted: Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United
Play-Offs: Huddersfield Town
Relegated: Rotherham United

This weekend sees the 46th and final round of fixtures in Sky Bet League One, and there's plenty to play for.

A point for Bolton Wanderers at home to Peterborough United would be enough to send the Trotters straight back to the Sky Bet Championship, unless Fleetwood Town can beat Port Vale by eight goals or more.

The Valiants, however, require a win themselves. Their midweek victory at Walsall handed them a lifeline, but their inferior goal difference means a point would only save them if Gillingham lose by six or more at Northampton Town.

If Port Vale and the Gills both win, then Bury would go down if they lose at Southend United. Barring a 15-goal swing, a point would keep the Shakers up, while Shrewsbury Town's goal difference effectively rules them out of the final-day relegation battle.

Southend, meanwhile, are one of three teams in the race for the final Play-Off place. They are sandwiched between Millwall, who have the upper hand and go to Bristol Rovers, and Rochdale, who host Bradford City.

If the Shrimpers better the Lions' result, and Rochdale fail to win, sixth place will go to Phil Brown's men. Dale must win to make the Play-Offs, and hope both Millwall and Southend drop points.

Table: Click here for the Sky Bet League One standings

Champions: Sheffield United
Play-Offs: Bradford City, Scunthorpe United
Relegated: Chesterfield, Coventry City, Swindon Town

The title race is still ongoing, but if DoncasterRovers defeat Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle drop points at home to Crewe Alexandra, then Rovers will be crowned champions.

At the opposite end, Hartlepool United could be relegated if they lose at Cheltenham Town. That outcome, combined with a Newport County win at Carlisle United, would see them down.

A point for Cheltenham, and for Yeovil Town at home to Stevenage, would end both clubs' relegation fears.

As for the Play-Off race, there are far too many permutations to list! However, a point for Luton Town at Accrington Stanley will officially confirm their top-seven place.

Table: Click here for the Sky Bet League Two standings

Promoted: Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth
Relegated: Leyton Orient

Coming up to Sky Bet League Two are Lincoln City, who were crowned The National League champions last week, while two former EFL clubs in Tranmere Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge will compete in the Play-Offs along with Forest Green Rovers.

The final round of National League matches takes place this weekend, and Aldershot look set to join the trio in the Play-Offs – although they could miss out should they lose and Dover Athletic record a big final day victory.

Champions: Lincoln City
Play-Offs: Tranmere Rovers, Forest Green Rovers, Dagenham & Redbridge

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