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Ups and downs: Final day League One permutations

5 May 2018

Matchday 46 will see teams battling it out at the bottom to maintain their League One status for next season, while two sides are hoping to grab the final Play-Off place at the other end of the table. Here are all the permutations ahead of Saturday’s fixtures…


Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers have sealed the two automatic promotion spots. However, either side could be crowned champions on Saturday, with only two points between the sides currently.

If Wigan beat Doncaster Rovers, they will win the League One title. A draw should also be enough as there is currently an 18-goal swing between them and Blackburn.

However, a loss for Wigan and a win for Blackburn will see Tony Mowbray’s side win the League One title. Only a win will be enough for Blackburn Rovers to have a chance at the title.


Shrewsbury Town, Rotherham United and Scunthorpe United have all secured their place in the League One Play-Offs. The final spot will be taken by either Charlton Athletic or Plymouth Argyle.

A win or a draw for Charlton at Rochdale on Saturday would secure them sixth spot.

There is a possibility that Charlton Athletic and Plymouth Argyle could finish tied on points in sixth place in League One.

In accordance with EFL regulations, the determining factors for two teams tied on points in any League position is goal difference followed by goals scored. The final factor is a head-to-head of the two teams’ results throughout the 2017/18 season.

However, if Charlton and Plymouth are still locked on all counts, the two teams would take part in a one-off tie for a place in the Play-Off Semi-Finals.

For this to occur, the Addicks would need to concede their current six goal advantage in goal difference. One such example where this could occur is if Charlton lost their last game of the season 4-0 and Plymouth won theirs 2-0, although other permutations would apply.  

If such a circumstance does occur, the game would be played on Monday 7 May at an agreed neutral venue. Further details will be made available in the event that these circumstances occur. 


At the bottom of the table, Bury and Milton Keynes Dons’ relegation has already been confirmed, with Northampton Town and Rochdale making up the bottom four. Oldham Athletic are the only side who could drop into the relegation zone on the final day.

Northampton are as good as down – they have to beat Oldham by nine goals at Sixfields, and hope Rochdale lose at home to Charlton.

If Oldham lose to the Cobblers, they will be relegated if Rochdale earn a point or more at home to Charlton.

Should Oldham draw, only victory against the Addicks would be enough to keep Rochdale in League One.


Promoted: Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers

Play-Offs: Shrewsbury Town, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United

Relegated: Bury, Milton Keynes Dons 

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