Championship permutations including automatic promotion, play-offs, relegation

The Championship season will conclude today with three teams still eyeing the final automatic promotion spot.

Leeds sealed a return to the Premier League as champions at the weekend after both West Brom and Brentford slipped up.

It means the Baggies going into the final game in pole position but knowing that any slip up could let the Bees in.

Fulham stand an outside chance of usurping both teams but would need results to go in the favour, but look like settling for the playoffs.

Swansea could yet leap into the top six but need Cardiff or Nottingham Forest to do them a favour.

At the other end of the table Luton's late win at Hull means the Tigers are all but gone barring a miracle.

The Hatters will be battling with Charlton and Barnsley to try and ensure their status in the second tier of English football.

PROMOTION

Automatic promotion – One spot, three teams in contention. Other two assured playoff place

West Brom

The Baggies will be promoted if they beat QPR. They will also be up should Brentford lose and Fulham fail to win, regardless of how West Brom do.

Brentford

The Bees will be promoted with a win against Barnsley should West Brom fail to beat QPR. Owing to their superior goal difference, Brentford will also go up if they draw, West Brom lose and Fulham don’t win.

Fulham

The Cottagers will be promoted if they beat Wigan, West Brom lose and Brentford don’t win.

Playoffs – Two spots, three teams in contention

Nottingham Forest will be assured a playoff spot should they avoid defeat against Hull. They will also be in if Swansea fail to beat Reading, regardless of Forest’s result.

Cardiff will be assured a playoff spot should they avoid defeat against Stoke or if Swansea fail to beat Reading, regardless of Cardiff’s result.

Swansea will be in the playoffs only if they beat Reading and Cardiff lose or if they beat Reading and Forest lose, with Swansea overturning a five-goal deficit on goal difference.

RELEGATION

Hull are effectively down as they would have to win, allied to Barnsley, Luton and Charlton all losing, with Hull overturning a 16-goal goal difference disadvantage.

Two out of Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Charlton, Luton and Barnsley will join Hull in League One.

Birmingham and Middlesbrough

A win will assure both of survival and probably a draw will be good enough for both as well.

Charlton

They need a win at champions Leeds to be sure although so long as they match Luton and Barnsley’s results, they will stay up.

Luton

The Hatters need at least a point against Blackburn but more likely a win.

Barnsley

Only one thing in their mind – they must win at Brentford and then hope Charlton and Luton both lose.

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