The EFL Championship concludes this evening with so much still to play for. Here are the permutations for promotion, play-offs and relegation to League One…
Leeds United?s promotion to the Premier League was confirmed last Friday, when struggling Huddersfield Town produced a shock win over promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion. The following day, Marcelo Bielsa?s side were confirmed as Champions when Brentford were beat by Stoke City.
The Whites will lift the trophy at Elland Road tonight, when they take on relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic.
However, there will be more at stake at The Hawthorns, where West Brom will be promoted if they beat QPR.
Brentford take on Barnsley in what could prove to be the final ever game at Griffin Park, but the Bees will have to rely on other results. If Brentford beat Barnsley, they will be promoted if West Brom do not win. A draw would also be enough to confirm automatic promotion if West Brom and lose and fourth-placed Fulham fail to win.
Fulham need to win at Wigan Athletic and hope West Brom lose and Brentford fail to win.
At the very least, West Brom, Brentford and Fulham will have the insurance of the play-offs, but there are two further play-off places up for grabs, with three sides hoping to sneak into the top six.
Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City currently occupy play-off berths, and both sides will confirm their places with a point. Forest host Stoke City at the City Ground, with Cardiff hosting Hull City in the Welsh capital.
Swansea City are hoping to gatecrash the play-offs, but they need to win at Reading. If they beat Reading and Hull City beat the Swans? bitter rivals Cardiff then Steve Cooper?s side will be promoted. If Cardiff do get the point they need to secure their play-off participation, then Swansea will not only need to beat Reading and hope for a Stoke City win ? they?ll also need to make up a five-goal swing in terms of goal difference.
Whilst one of the automatic promotion places is confirmed, as well as two of the play-off positions, the relegation picture remains wide open in the Championship.
There are potentially seven clubs in danger of falling into the bottom three.
Hull City have the slimmest chance of survival, needing Charlton and Luton Town to lose ? ideally by a large margin. The Tigers will also need Barnsley not to win and to record a big win at Cardiff themselves to stand any chance of staying up.
Barnsley ? who face a difficult task away at Brentford – also look doomed to return to League One. The Tykes need to win and hope that Charlton lose and Luton fail to win, as Gerhard Struber?s side hold a positive goal difference over the Hatters.
Luton host Blackburn while Charlton are away at champions Leeds. The Addicks are only currently out of the drop zone because of their far superior goal difference, which is 18 better than Luton?s.
With Birmingham and Middlesbrough just two points ahead of them, wins for Charlton and Luton could be enough to stave off relegation.
Middlesbrough visit Sheffield Wednesday, while Birmingham host Derby County, knowing that they are too vulnerable, although an extremely unlikely sequence of results would put Boro or the Blues in jeopardy.
Finally, Wigan Athletic ? who on merit would be nowhere near the bottom three, in 13th place ? could be dragged into the mix once the season has finished. The Latics face a 12-point deduction, having entered into administration ? a penalty that is currently under appeal.