Boro down; Brighton’s title – What can be decided this weekend?

Date published: Thursday 4th May 2017 1:20

As we come towards the end of the season we take a look at what promotion and relegation issues can be decided in England this weekend.

PREMIER LEAGUE

:: MIDDLESBROUGH will be relegated alongside Sunderland if they fail to match Hull’s result, or if they lose and Swansea win. Boro do not play until Monday evening, away to leaders Chelsea, by which time Hull and Swansea’s results at home to Sunderland and Everton respectively will be known.

:: TOTTENHAM need only a point against West Ham to join Chelsea in making sure of Champions League football. They will also be secure if any of Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United drop points.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

:: NEWCASTLE can still pip BRIGHTON to the title if they better their result. The Magpies host Barnsley while Albion are at Aston Villa.

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:: Those two teams are already promoted, with READING, SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY and HUDDERSFIELD confirmed in the play-offs. FULHAM will take the fourth place unless they lose to Wednesday and LEEDS beat Wigan while engineering a 14-goal swing – 13 will not be enough as Fulham have scored far more.

:: BLACKBURN, NOTTINGHAM FOREST and BIRMINGHAM are battling to avoid the final relegation place. Forest, at home to Ipswich, and Rovers, who travel to Brentford, are level on 48 points. Blues are two points better off but have an inferior goal difference going into their game at Bristol City.

:: ROTHERHAM and WIGAN are already down.

 

LEAGUE ONE

:: The third tier is complete, with SHEFFIELD UNITED champions, BOLTON promoted and PORT VALE, SWINDON, COVENTRY and CHESTERFIELD relegated. SCUNTHORPE, FLEETWOOD, BRADFORD and MILLWALL will contest the play-offs.

 

LEAGUE TWO

:: PLYMOUTH, DONCASTER and PORTSMOUTH will battle for the title, with all three already promoted. Leaders Argyle can make sure by winning at Grimsby. If they drop points, long-time leaders Doncaster can take advantage with a win which would also relegate opponents Hartlepool. If they too slip up, Portsmouth could come through on the rails by beating Cheltenham.

:: LUTON and EXETER are safe in the play-offs. Three points cover the next seven teams, who all have at least a technical chance of extending their season.

:: CARLISLE will be safe in the top seven if they come back from their long trip to Exeter with three points. BLACKPOOL hold seventh place and their goal difference is 14 better than STEVENAGE, level with them on 67 points, so a win over Leyton Orient would do the job barring something ridiculous. Stevenage, looking to capitalise if either of the pair slip up, host Accrington.

:: Also waiting in the wings are CAMBRIDGE, COLCHESTER, WYCOMBE and MANSFIELD. Wycombe and Cambridge play each other at Adams Park – both are only a point behind Blackpool but with a far inferior goal difference, so realistically only a winner from that game will stand a chance. Colchester, also on 66 points, host Yeovil while Mansfield, a further point back, travel to Crawley.

:: HARTLEPOOL need to beat Doncaster and hope NEWPORT drop points against Notts County if they are to avoid relegation.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

:: LINCOLN will be back in the Football League next season, with TRANMERE, FOREST GREEN, DAGENHAM and ALDERSHOT in the play-offs.

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