Championship play-offs team guide: Who will take the final promotion spot?

Date published: Tuesday 9th May 2017 11:06

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As the Championship play-offs draw closer, we take a look at the four teams set to battle it out for a place in the Premier League next season.

FULHAM

After finishing in 20th position last season, Fulham have found some form playing attractive football. The Cottagers have improved during the campaign, timing their run into the play-off places to perfection, and secured a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on the final day to boost confidence further ahead of a date with Reading.

Head to head this season: Fulham 5-0 Reading, Reading 1-0 Fulham.

Leading scorer in this season’s Sky Bet Championship: Tom Cairney – 12.

League position: 6th.

 

HUDDERSFIELD

Huddersfield emerged as strong, if unlikely, contenders for promotion this season and although they lost some momentum during the final weeks, including back-to-back defeats in their last two games, their play-off position never looked in doubt. They will be hoping to make it third time lucky against Sheffield Wednesday after losing twice in the league.

Head to head: Huddersfield 0-1 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 2-0 Huddersfield.

Leading scorer: Elias Kachunga – 12.

League position: 5th.

 

READING

Reading will be hoping to clinch promotion back to the Premier League after a four-year stay in the second tier. They enter the play-offs in good form having bounced back from a 7-1 mauling at Norwich to claim four wins from their last five league games, including a 4-2 victory at Burton on the final day.

Head to head: Fulham 5-0 Reading, Reading 1-0 Fulham.

Leading scorer: Yann Kermorgant -18.

League position: 3rd.

 

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Wednesday will be hoping to go one better and clinch promotion after losing out in last season’s play-off final against Hull. The Owls were unbeaten throughout April before losing their final game at home to Fulham, and they will certainly have play-off experience on their side against the Terriers.

Head to head: Huddersfield 0-1 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 2-0 Huddersfield.

Leading scorer: Fernando Forestieri – 12.

League position: 4th.

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