It’s that time again, we look at who can be promoted, relegated and get in those play-off spots for this weekend in English football.
The amount of games decreasing very quickly and it could turn out be very busy few days of presentations, celebrations and no doubt many drowning their sorrows.
Thankfully we are enduring this time of the season much more normally compared with the last campaign which saw some leagues standings based on PPG (points-per-game) and fans turning to official statements to find out the fate of their team.
Enough chit chat, now time to see this weekend’s permutations from across English football, find out below…
Leaders Manchester City are assured of a Champions League spot, and will clinch the title if they beat Chelsea in their next game on Saturday, the 8th of May.
If City win the Champions League, there is no extra European place for English clubs.
The team that finishing fifth in the Premier League table in will qualify for the Europa League group stage, along with the FA Cup winners (Leicester or Chelsea) unless they have finished in the top five, in which case that Europa place reverts to the league.
Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final victory means that that competition’s Europa Conference League place (UEFA’s new tournament) will revert to the league.
If Chelsea win the Champions League or Manchester United win the Europa League, but finish outside the top four, they will qualify for the Champions League group stage.
In the unlikely event that Chelsea and United win those competitions but both finish outside the top four, there can only be a maximum of five English teams in the Champions League, which means the fourth-placed team will enter the Europa League.
West Brom will be relegated to the Championship if they lose on Sunday or if other weekend results go against them, while Fulham will be relegated if they lose at Burnley on Monday and Newcastle avoid defeat on Friday.
The Championship bottom three teams will be relegated to League One all on the same day (Saturday, 12:30pm kick off). It is between Wycombe, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Derby, who will be separated by only three points going into the final round of games – in which Derby and Wednesday play each other at Pride Park.
However, Wycombe would need an enormous swing in goal difference to stay up.
We continue our look at who can be promoted, relegated and claim those play-off spots this weekend in English football?
In League One, Lincoln City, Blackpool and Sunderland will contest the playoffs with either Portsmouth, Oxford United or Charlton Athletic.
Pompey will secure a play-off place if they win at home to Accrington – live on Sky Sports Football from 11:30am on Sunday, with kick-off at midday.
A point will also be enough for Danny Cowley’s side at Fratton Park if Oxford and Charlton fail to win. A defeat would also be good enough should Oxford lose and Charlton fail to win.
Oxford will book a play-off place if they win at home to Burton, Portsmouth fail to win and Charlton don;t beat Hull by five more goals than Oxford’s win over Burton.
A point will also be enough if Portsmouth lose and Charlton fail to win.
Charlton will seal their playoff spot if they win at home to champions Hull, and Portsmouth and Oxford fail to win.
They will also secure it if they beat Hull by five more goals than Oxford’s win over Burton, and Portsmouth fail to win.
Every team in the top nine of League Two has something to play for going into the final day of the season, making it one of the most exciting final days in this division in years.
Cheltenham will be crowned champions of League Two if they win as they host Harrogate. They will also seal it if they draw and Cambridge fail to win at home to Grimsby.
They will also be champions if they lose, Cambridge fail to win and Bolton ended up not beating Crawley with 13-goal swing.
Cambridge will have the C placed next to their name in the standings if they win and Cheltenham fail to win.
Bolton will be champions if they win and Cheltenham lose with a 13-goal swing, and Cambridge fail to win. Still with us?
Cambridge will have promotion to League One sorted if they win. A draw will be enough if Bolton don’t win and Morecambe fail to win by 12 goals. If they lose they will also be promoted if Bolton or Morecambe fail to win.
Ian Evatt’s Bolton will be promoted if Morecambe fail to better their result.
Morecambe will be promoted if they better Bolton’s result. They will also be promoted if they win and Cambridge lose.
Newport will secure a playoff place if they avoid defeat at Southend.
Tranmere will be in those playoffs if they avoid defeat against Colchester.
Forest Green will book a playoff place if they win at Oldham. A point is enough if Exeter and Salford fail to win. A defeat would also be enough if Exeter lose and Salford fail to win.
Exeter will secure a playoff place if they win at home to Barrow and one of following happen – Newport lose, Tranmere lose, Forest Green fail to win.
A draw will be good if Forest Green lose and Salford fail to win.
Salford will secure a playoff place if they win at home to Leyton Orient and Forest Green and Exeter fail to win.
Now you’ve seen who can be promoted, relegated and play-off spots this weekend in English football, which do you want to see happen the most?
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