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Championship: Next Weekend's Scenarios

A look at what can happen in the penultimate weekend of the 2013-14 league season.

Michael Regan
Promotion

Both promotion places have been earned by Leicester City and Burnley.

Leicester won promotion on 5th April - following a series of results (including their 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday). They wrapped up the league title following a 1-0 win over Bolton on 22nd April.

Burnley were promoted following a 2-0 home win over Wigan on 21st April.

Play-Offs

Both Derby County and Queens Park Rangers are confirmed in the play-offs.

If Derby win any of their final matches, or QPR drop points in any of their last two matches, then they will finish in third position - facing one of Reading, Brighton, Nottm Forest, Ipswich, Blackburn, Bournemouth or Watford.

The final play-off spot is contested between seven teams (as mentioned above), but due to the lack of remaining fixtures, Watford and Bournemouth are unlikely to feature. Although, everyone from Blackburn (in 10th) to Reading (6th) can still catch Wigan (5th).

Wigan will (mathematically) earn a play-off spot, if they beat Blackpool, or they draw and all of Brighton, Nottm Forest and Ipswich fail to win their matches. Wigan can still finish above QPR.

Reading will claim sixth spot, if they beat Doncaster on Saturday and Brighton lose to Yeovil on Friday night, Nottm Forest don't beat Bournemouth and Ipswich fail to beat Burnley (in the early kick-off).

The play-off semi-final fixtures will (most likely) be:

  • 6th Placed Team vs Derby (8th & 12th May)
  • Wigan/QPR v QPR/Wigan (9th & 13th May)

First leg to be played at team listed first.

Relegation

Yeovil Town are all but relegated and their fate will be confirmed if they fail to win any of their last two matches. In addition to this, they would need to overcome a thirteen goal swing in the process. Any points for Blackpool or Birmingham will also see Yeovil relegated.

Barnsley will meet their fate on Saturday if they lose at Middlesbrough, or they draw an either Blackpool or Birmingham don't pick up points. They would also need a seventeen goal swing.

Charlton, Doncaster and Millwall can also still be relegated in addition to the aforementioned clubs.