Pressure Point | Final Day of the English Championship

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One more matchday left for the English Championship with automatic promotion to the English Premier League on the line for one team.

Both West Bromwich Albion and Brentford dropped games last week, which leaves them in the same position they were in the week prior, with the Baggies one point ahead of the Bees.

West Brom is in with a win, but Brentford and 3rd place Fulham are ready to pounce if the Baggies lose or even draw.

The only other team that can make any noise in the top 6 is Swansea City, but the 7th place Swans would need to win, have Cardiff lose and make up goal difference on their fellow Welshman to make the promotion playoffs.

There is still a bit of drama at the bottom of the table, but it all goes away if Middlesbrough and Birmingham win or draw and Charlton wins.

Any losses by Boro or Birmingham or a loss or draw from Charlton provides a chance for Luton Town and even Barnsley.

But this could all be moot, since Wigan’s punishment for going into administration is a 12-point deduction. That could put them into the relegation zone and potentially save a club like Luton.

And while we’re here, there are further possible sanctions against Sheffield Wednesday and/or Derby County. So stay tuned.

All matches start at 4:30am AEST.

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PROMOTION

1 Leeds United (90 pts): Already promoted to the Premier League, just signed a new kit sponsorship deal and are unlikely to be too focussed on their match with Charlton. 

2 West Brom (82 pts): A win over QPR and the Baggies join Leeds back in the EPL. A loss or a draw opens the door for Brentford or Fulham to leapfrog them into 2nd place.

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3 Brentford (81 pts): Shock loss at Stoke last week means they need help from West Brom and Fulham. A win over lowly Barnsley would give them their best shot, but even a draw combined with West Brom and Fulham losses would also put the Bees in the Premier League.

4 Fulham (80 pts): Guaranteed a spot in the promotion playoffs, but could jump straight back into the EPL with a win over Wigan combined with a West Brom loss and a Brentford loss or draw.

5 Nottingham Forest (70 pts): A win or draw with Stoke puts them in the promotion playoffs. Still likely safe with a loss given their goal difference advantage on 7th place Swansea.

6 Cardiff City (70 pts): Similar to Forest, a win or draw against dreadful Hull locks up a spot in the playoffs. But a loss opens the door for Welsh rivals Swansea.

7 Swansea (67 pts): Need to beat Reading, have Cardiff lose to Hull and make up a 1-goal difference on Cardiff or an even larger margin to Forest to grab a playoff spot.

 

RELEGATION

19 Middlesbrough (50 pts): Safe with a win or draw v Sheffield Wednesday. A loss and a Luton win could spell trouble.

20 Birmingham City (50 pts): Safe with a win or draw v Derby County. Like Boro, a loss would give Luton a look-in.

21 Charlton Athletic (48 pts): Safe with a win over Leeds. Also safe with a draw and even a loss, depending on other results.

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22 Luton Town (48 points): Can avoid the drop with a win over Blackburn Rovers + losses by Charlton, Birmingham or Middlesbrough. Also safe with a draw + Charlton loss.

23 Barnsley (46 points): Must have a win over Brentford + Charlton loss and Luton loss or draw.

24 Hull (45 points): Not mathematically relegated, but would take a win over Cardiff and a miracle to survive.

 

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