EFL ups and downs as Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest fight for Championship promotion – What We Know!

Fulham secured their return to the Premier League when they beat Preston last week

We’re on the enterprise finish of the season within the EFL with issues of promotion, relegation and play-offs all set to be determined within the subsequent few days.

The common League One season concludes on Saturday, with the Championship and League Two climaxing subsequent weekend, and there’s a lot nonetheless up for grabs.

Sportsmail runs you thru all of the essential fixtures within the three divisions and people all-important permutations.

Fulham secured their return to the Premier League once they beat Preston final week

THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Who can be becoming a member of Fulham within the Premier League subsequent season?

Fulham secured their return to the Premier League once they beat Preston North Finish 3-0 on April 19 – however the Cottagers haven’t but secured the Championship title.

They misplaced 1-0 at residence to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday however it’s fairly sure they’ll be lifting the trophy given they want solely two factors from their final two matches.

A win at residence to Luton City on Monday night will get them there.

The second automated promotion place seems more likely to go all the way down to the wire, with Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest the principle candidates however Huddersfield City are additionally nonetheless within the equation.

Fulham weren't able to seal the Championship title when they lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest

Fulham weren’t in a position to seal the Championship title once they misplaced 1-0 to Nottingham Forest

How the top of the Championship looks with the promotion and play-off races still wide open

How the highest of the Championship seems with the promotion and play-off races nonetheless huge open

Bournemouth are at present in second spot and are three factors forward of Forest in third and Huddersfield in fourth. They’ve an equivalent purpose distinction of +30.

Each the Cherries and Forest have a recreation in hand on the Terriers and, intriguingly, that recreation in hand sees them play one another on the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday subsequent week in what might successfully be a promotion shoot-out.

Earlier than that, Bournemouth journey to Blackburn Rovers and Forest host Swansea Metropolis on Saturday afternoon.

Huddersfield can’t be dominated out forward of their journey to Coventry however would wish each Bournemouth and Forest to slip-up within the last week.

Scott Parker's Bournemouth came from three goals down to draw 3-3 at Swansea on Tuesday

Scott Parker’s Bournemouth got here from three objectives down to attract 3-3 at Swansea on Tuesday

Kieffer Moore celebrates Bournemouth's equalising goal for a crucial point at Swansea

Kieffer Moore celebrates Bournemouth’s equalising purpose for a vital level at Swansea 

Forest manager Steve Cooper celebrates his team's win at Fulham on Tuesday evening

Forest supervisor Steve Cooper celebrates his group’s win at Fulham on Tuesday night

Who’ll win the mad scramble for the play-offs?

Bournemouth, Forest and Huddersfield are assured of no less than a spot within the play-offs.

Luton look fairly sure to be within the play-offs as properly given they’ve a five-point buffer to seventh with simply two video games to play.

However sixth place, the ultimate play-off place, is up for grabs. 

Sheffield United are at present there, having strengthened their grip with a 3-1 win at Queens Park Rangers on Friday night time, however Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Millwall can mathematically nonetheless make it. 

Middlesbrough play Stoke on Saturday whereas Millwall are at residence to already-relegated Peterborough.

Sheffield United's playoff hopes were boosted with a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers

Sheffield United’s playoff hopes have been boosted with a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers 

Huddersfield will be in the play-offs and could yet pinch the second automatic place

Huddersfield can be within the play-offs and will but pinch the second automated place

Luton have enjoyed an excellent season and are on the brink of sealing their play-off place

Luton have loved a superb season and are getting ready to sealing their play-off place

Within the play-offs, third will play sixth and fourth will play fifth, with the higher-ranked group having fun with residence benefit within the second leg.

The primary legs of the semi-finals can be performed on Might 13/14 with the returns on Might 16/17. The ultimate, at Wembley, is on Sunday Might 29.

Who has been relegated to League One?

Relegation issues have already been determined with Derby, Barnsley and Peterborough heading all the way down to League One.

Derby’s relegation was confirmed once they misplaced 1-0 at QPR on April 18 and Barnsley’s destiny was sealed by a 2-0 defeat at Huddersfield 4 days later.

Peterborough went down final Saturday once they misplaced 1-0 at residence to Forest.

Wayne Rooney's Derby County saw their relegation confirmed back on April 18

Wayne Rooney’s Derby County noticed their relegation confirmed again on April 18

Peterborough United, Derby County and Barnsley will be going down to League One

Peterborough United, Derby County and Barnsley can be happening to League One 

Championship fixtures 

FRIDAY

Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Sheffield United   

SATURDAY

3pm kick-off until acknowledged

Barnsley vs Preston North Finish (12.30pm)

Dwell on Sky Sports activities Crimson Button

Blackburn Rovers vs AFC Bournemouth

Blackpool vs Derby County 

Bristol Metropolis vs Hull Metropolis 

Cardiff Metropolis vs Birmingham Metropolis

Coventry Metropolis vs Huddersfield City

Middlesbrough vs Stoke Metropolis

Millwall vs Peterborough United

Nottingham Forest vs Swansea Metropolis

Studying vs West Bromwich Albion

MONDAY

Fulham vs Luton City (5.15pm)

Dwell on Sky Sports activities Principal Occasion and Sky Sports activities Soccer

LEAGUE ONE

Which two of Wigan, Rotherham or MK Dons can be going up mechanically?

The ultimate day of the League One season on Saturday is shaping as much as be an actual nerve-shredder with points unresolved at each ends of the desk.

Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United and MK Dons are all going for the 2 automated promotion locations.

Wigan are within the field seat forward of their journey to Shrewsbury City, sitting two factors forward of Rotherham and three forward of MK Dons.

So the Latics want solely to attract to safe promotion however might must win to safe the title relying on how Rotherham get on at Gillingham and the Dons fare away to Plymouth Argyle.

Rotherham might want to win their recreation if MK win theirs. If MK solely draw, some extent can be ok for the Millers. MK might want to win and hope one of many pair above them stumble.

Title hopefuls Wigan threw away a two-goal lead to lose to Portsmouth on Tuesday night

Title hopefuls Wigan threw away a two-goal result in lose to Portsmouth on Tuesday night time

Action from the match between Sunderland and Rotherham, which ended 1-1, in midweek

Motion from the match between Sunderland and Rotherham, which ended 1-1, in midweek

The situation at the top end of League One as three teams duel it out for two automatic places

The scenario on the high finish of League One as three groups duel it out for 2 automated locations

A last afternoon play-off dogfight

The unfortunate membership to overlook out must refocus on the play-offs. Beneath them, a four-way battle for simply three locations will add to the ultimate day intrigue.

Getting into the motion, Sheffield Wednesday are fourth, Sunderland fifth and Plymouth sixth. However Plymouth and seventh-placed Wycombe are stage on 80 factors, with Argyle two higher off within the purpose distinction column.

Wycombe are taking part in at Burton Albion and might want to higher Plymouth’s consequence towards MK Dons to sneak in. Alternatively, Wycombe might want to rack up the objectives if each groups win.

Wednesday are at residence to Portsmouth and Sunderland journey to Morecambe within the different key video games, with every kicking off early at 12.30pm.

The primary legs of the League One play-off semi-finals are scheduled for Might 5/6 with the second legs on Might 8/9. The ultimate is on Might 21.

Lee Gregory's goals have been crucial as Sheffield Wednesday push for a play-off place

Lee Gregory’s objectives have been essential as Sheffield Wednesday push for a play-off place

Who will pull off an important escape from relegation?

We already know that Crewe Alexandra are happening – that was confirmed again on April 9 once they misplaced 2-0 to Doncaster Rovers – however all the things else on the backside continues to be to be selected the final day.

Doncaster are nearly as good as down given they would wish a 27-goal swing to outlive even when they do take all three factors at Oxford United.

AFC Wimbledon are three factors from security forward of their residence recreation with Accrington Stanley they usually require a seven-goal swing to flee.

Fleetwood (twentieth) and Gillingham (twenty first) are locked collectively on 40 factors both facet of the relegation divide. Fleetwood have the far more healthy purpose distinction, which might show decisive.

The Gills host promotion-chasing Rotherham, whereas Fleetwood make the journey to Bolton Wanderers.

Morecambe are two factors above Fleetwood and Gillingham so might nonetheless go down in the event that they lose to Sunderland and the opposite two each win.

Crewe are already down but the remaining three relegation places are still undecided

Crewe are already down however the remaining three relegation locations are nonetheless undecided 

League One fixtures 

SATURDAY

All 12.30pm kick-off

AFC Wimbledon vs Accrington Stanley

Bolton Wanderers vs Fleetwood City

Burton Albion vs Wycombe Wanderers

Cambridge United vs Cheltenham City

Gillingham vs Rotherham United

Dwell on Sky Sports activities Principal Occasion  

Ipswich City vs Charlton Athletic

Lincoln Metropolis vs Crewe Alexandra

Morecambe vs Sunderland

Oxford United vs Doncaster Rovers

Plymouth Argyle vs Milton Keynes Dons

Dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer 

Sheffield Wednesday vs Portsmouth

Shrewsbury City vs Wigan Athletic

 

LEAGUE TWO

Who’ll be part of Forest Inexperienced and Exeter in League One subsequent season?

Three go up mechanically from League Two and we already know the identification of two of them. Eco-club Forest Inexperienced Rovers sealed promotion with a 0-0 draw at Bristol Rovers final weekend, whereas Exeter Metropolis went up after they beat Barrow on Tuesday night time.

Locked on 83 factors, the title will go all the way down to the ultimate day subsequent weekend. This Saturday, Forest Inexperienced host Harrogate City and Exeter are away to Northampton City.

That’s definitely an essential one for Northampton, who’re at present within the third promotion place however may be overhauled by Port Vale, Mansfield City, Bristol Rovers, Sutton United and Swindon City within the last two video games.

The Cobblers are only a level forward of Port Vale and Mansfield so there’s nonetheless all the things to play for.

The players of Forest Green Rovers celebrate their promotion up to League One last weekend

The gamers of Forest Inexperienced Rovers have fun their promotion as much as League One final weekend

Celebrations for Exeter City as they sealed their elevation into League One during midweek

Celebrations for Exeter Metropolis as they sealed their elevation into League One throughout midweek

The situation in League Two as several clubs look to join promoted Forest Green and Exeter

The scenario in League Two as a number of golf equipment look to hitch promoted Forest Inexperienced and Exeter

Who would be the play-off quartet?

These sides that don’t end third will contest the play-offs. Port Vale, Mansfield, Bristol Rovers and Sutton are at present extending their season however Swindon, Salford Metropolis and Tranmere Rovers have an opportunity of catching them.

On Saturday, Sutton host Bradford Metropolis, Bristol Rovers make the journey to Rochdale and Swindon City are at residence to Barrow. On Financial institution Vacation Monday, Salford play Mansfield and Port Vale host Newport County.

The League Two play-off semi-final first legs can be on Might 14/15 with the return video games on Might 18/19. The ultimate is at Wembley on Might 28.

Who’s dropping down into non-league?

The 2 happening to the Nationwide League are Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic.

Scunthorpe have been relegated on April 15 after they misplaced 3-0 at Leyton Orient. Oldham’s destiny was sealed final weekend with their recreation towards Salford completed behind closed doorways when Latics followers offended on the epic mismanagement of the membership invaded the pitch to protest.

There was chaos at Oldham last weekend as their relegation saw fan protest on the pitch

There was chaos at Oldham final weekend as their relegation noticed fan protest on the pitch

Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United have already had their relegation confirmed

Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United have already had their relegation confirmed 

League Two fixtures

SATURDAY

All 3pm kick-off

Carlisle United vs Stevenage

Colchester United vs Walsall

Crawley City vs Leyton Orient

Forest Inexperienced Rovers vs Harrogate City

Rochdale vs Bristol Rovers

Scunthorpe United vs Hartlepool United 

Sutton United vs Bradford Metropolis

Swindon City vs Barrow

Tranmere Rovers vs Oldham Athletic

MONDAY

Salford Metropolis vs Mansfield City (12.30pm)

Dwell on Sky Sports activities Principal Occasion and Sky Sports activities Soccer

Port Vale vs Newport County (3pm)

Dwell on Sky Sports activities Principal Occasion and Sky Sports activities Soccer

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Which groups are heading up into the EFL?

Stockport County are sitting fairly within the Nationwide League’s one automated promotion place. They’re 4 factors forward of Wrexham with a recreation in hand.

Wrexham, FC Halifax City, Solihull Moors, Notts County, Chesterfield and Grimsby City at present occupy the play-off positions.