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Ups and downs: EFL State of Play - matchday permutations

3 May 2017

It's the final weekend of the season in the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet League Two, and plenty remains up for grabs.

Title races and survival scraps are going down to the wire, and there's an almighty battle for the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs...



Brighton & Hove Albion lead Newcastle United by one point in the race for the Sky Bet Championship title.

If Brighton win away at Aston Villa, or match Newcastle United's result at home to Barnsley, then the Seagulls will be crowned champions.



Barring a 13-goal swing, the four Play-Off teams have been confirmed, and this weekend will be a case of Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham jostling for position.

Leeds United need to win heavily at Wigan Athletic, and hope Wednesday thrash the Cottagers for a final-day miracle.

At the other end, three teams are battling to avoid the final relegation place, currently occupied by Blackburn Rovers. Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City are the other two in the mix.

Rovers travel to Brentford, trailing Forest by a point and with an inferior goal difference, therefore they need to better the result of Mark Warburton's men, who host Ipswich Town.

Should they both win, Rovers would need to better the margin of victory by two goals to leapfrog Forest. And in the case of victory for both, that would leave Birmingham needing three points at Bristol City to survive due to their inferior goal difference.



Promoted: Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United
Play-Offs: Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Fulham/Leeds United

The @SkyBetChamp#PlayOffs order has been provisionally confirmed. 📅

Read more >> https://t.co/E7MFPkgkecpic.twitter.com/medwZJOWvj

— EFL (@EFL) May 2, 2017

Relegated: Rotherham United, Wigan Athletic

Relegated to the Sky Bet Championship: Sunderland

Table: Click here for the Sky Bet Championship standings
 



Champions: Sheffield United
Promoted: Bolton Wanderers
Play-Offs: Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Town, Bradford City, Millwall

The @SkyBetLeagueOne#PlayOffs fixtures have been confirmed!

It all starts on Thursday... 🎉 pic.twitter.com/keVlqHMvWu

— EFL (@EFL) April 30, 2017

Relegated: Chesterfield, Coventry City, Swindon Town, Port Vale


Table: Click here for the Sky Bet League One standings




All three promoted teams are within a chance of lifting the Sky Bet League Two title on the final day of the campaign.

It's advantage Plymouth Argyle, who will claim the crown with victory away at Grimsby Town.

They only lead Doncaster Rovers by a point, so if the Pilgrims lose or draw at Blundell Park, then Rovers can take the title with three points in their fixture at relegation-threatened Hartlepool United.

If both drop points, then Portsmouth can get in on the act – they need to triumph at home to Cheltenham Town if they are to get their hands on the trophy.



Back to Hartlepool United, who need to win if they are to secure their EFL status. If they do manage that, then Newport County would have to beat Notts County to survive, due to Pools' superior goal difference.



Two Play-Off places are up for grabs alongside Luton Town and Exeter City.

Sixth-placed Carlisle United are away at the Grecians, while Blackpool – in seventh – host Leyton Orient and boast a vastly superior goal difference to those below them.

Stevenage are eighth and host Accrington Stanley – they will climb above either of those two sides if they can better the result.

Wycombe Wanderers and Cambridge United face off with a draw no use to either side, Colchester United need to beat Yeovil Town, and Mansfield Town must win at Crawley Town to stand a chance of extending their season.

Table: Click here for the Sky Bet League Two standings

Promoted: Plymouth Argyle, Doncaster Rovers, Portsmouth
Play-Offs: Luton Town, Exeter City
Relegated: Leyton Orient

Promoted from the National League: Lincoln City


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