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Football League Permutations

Thursday 1st May 2014
The season is once again almost over so Jack Critchley rounds up the action in each of the divisions of the Football League.

Sadly, this weekend wraps up the Football League season for another season. However, there are still a few issues to be sorted across all three divisions.

Starting in the Championship, congratulations to Leicester and Burnley who have sealed promotion to the Premier League. The 6th place is still up for grabs and it is currently Readings to lose. They occupy the position with 70 points and a win at home to Burnley would seal a play off position for Nigel Adkin's side. Should they slip up, Brighton and Blackburn are waiting to pounce. It would require a seven goal swing for the latter to nip in, but a slightly harder assignment for Brighton who have to win away at Forest to stand any chance of nicking the final play off berth.

Meanwhile, at the foot of the table, Barnsley and Yeovil have already slid into League One and it is looking perilous for Birmingham. Losing 1-0 to Wigan on Tuesday night meant they have failed to win at home since October when they thumped Millwall 4-0. Their away form is vastly superior so there is hope as they have to travel to The Reebok on Saturday. They simply have to win to avoid dropping out of the division. If Lee Clark's side pick up 3 points, they require one of Millwall, Doncaster or Blackpool to drop points in order to keep their heads above water. They face Bournemouth, Leicester and Charlton respectively.

League One is settled at the summit with Wolves and Brentford capping superb seasons with promotion. Leyton Orient, Preston, Rotherham and Peterborough will fight it out in the play offs to join them. At the bottom, Shrewsbury and Stevenage find themselves lining up in League Two next season whilst Carlisle picked up a point against Crawley in midweek and they live to fight another day. Tranmere, Crewe and Notts County are all in danger of filling the fourth relegation position, but the latter are in good form whilst Crewe have finally patched up the divisions leakiest defence. On paper, the Railwaymen have the hardest game against Preston, but Tranmere will have to see off Bradford whilst Notts County need a result at in-form Oldham.

The automatic berths have been filled in League Two with Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Rochdale all cementing promotion last Saturday at Fleetwoods expense. Any of these three clubs could still seal the title of Champions this weekend. The Play Offs are confirmed as Fleetwood, Burton, York and Southend but it is at the bottom where the drama lies. Torquay are relegated despite a recent resurgence whilst Wycombe have a lot of work to do to retain their football league status. Chris Wilder's Northampton can't relax yet and require a draw or win against his former employers Oxford. Bristol Rovers have a slightly superior goal difference and a point at home to Mansfield would be enough to guarantee their football league status.
Jack Critchley
Blackpool fan who enjoys a spot of the football league. I follow Championship through to League Two.

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