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Brighton can go up and Cardiff confirm safety in bumper Easter Monday schedule – all the Football League permutations

Date Posted,April 16, 2017

It’s the time of the season where the ups and downs are confirmed.

Title races come to an end, play-off berths are taken and relegation places are filled.

Most teams in the Football League have just four games left and the final stretch to the line is as exciting as ever.

The Championship title battle is enthralling – as is the race for the play-offs – while the relegation shake-up remains just as intense.

And the same can be said for League’s One and Two, with plenty still to be decided.

Here’s what can definitely be decided on Easter Monday…

Newcastle have to wait before they can confirm promotion (Photo: PA)
Huddersfield’s play-off place could be confirmed (Photo: Gareth Copley)

Championship promotion

  • Brighton will be promoted to the Premier League if they can better Huddersfield’s result. Brighton welcome Wigan, while Huddersfield travel to Derby. If the Seagulls match Huddersfield’s result, they would be 12 points clear with the Terriers only having 12 points left to play for.

Championship play-offs

  • Victory over Derby would see Huddersfield secure their place in the play-offs, providing Fulham lose to Aston Villa.
  • Derby are on the cusp of officially missing out on the top six. They need a win and hope that Fulham drop points. Derby can also draw if Sheffield Wednesday lose to QPR to keep them alive for another week.
  • Preston and Norwich face each other and only the winner will still mathematically be able to make the play-offs.

Championship relegation

  • Just one point is needed for Cardiff against Nottingham Forest to confirm their survival from the drop.
  • Ipswich can also secure their safety in their game with Newcastle, providing they better Blackburn’s result at Bristol City.
  • Wolves, who travel to Leeds, will also be safe if they better Blackburn.
Nottingham Forest are still lingering near the bottom (Photo: Getty)
Woles could confirm their survival (Photo: Stu Forster)

League One promotion

  • Nothing new can be confirmed on Easter Monday. Sheffield United are already champions and are targeting 100 points.
  • Bolton can, however, be promoted on Tuesday with victory over Bury – but only if Fleetwood and Bradford suffer defeat on Monday.

League One play-offs

  • Fleetwood can confirm their place in the play-off places by beating fellow promotion hopefuls Millwall.
  • A play-off berth can also be secured by Bradford, but they face the unenviable task of facing Sheffield United.
  • Defeat for Southend against MK Dons would mean Fleetwood and Bradford would only need draws. Scunthorpe would also secure top six with victory over Chesterfield in the same scenario.

  • Bristol Rovers need to beat Oldham to keep their play-off hopes alive.

  • Rochdale’s promotion ambitions will also be on hold for another year if their result is bettered by Millwall, or if Southend win and Dale drop points.

Bolton’s return to the Championship could be confirmed on Tuesday (Photo: Ian Walton)

League One relegation

  • Chesterfield are down if they fail to beat Scunthorpe.
  • Survival will be confirmed for Gillingham if they win at Charlton, Port Vale lose and Swindon fail to win.
  • Draws for Oldham, Charlton and Northampton could see them safe – all of whom are two points ahead of Gillingham.

League Two promotion

  • Plymouth should confirm their place in League One. The only way they can be stopped is if they lose to Newport and Luton win at Mansfield.
  • Promotion will also be confirmed by Portsmouth if they win at Notts County and Luton drop points.

League Two play-offs

  • No ins and outs can be confirmed on Easter Monday. 12 teams can still qualify for the play-offs.
Plymouth and Portsmouth can both be promoted on Monday (Photo: PA)
Plymouth fans are preparing themselves for League One (Photo: PA)

League Two relegation

  • Leyton Orient’s relegation to the National League will be confirmed if they don’t beat Hartlepool at home.
  • Notts County, Barnet, Morecamble, Crewe and Crawley can all ensure they are safe from the drop if Newport, Hartlepool or Cheltenham drop points. Notts County and Barnet, bizarrely, can still make the play-offs, albeit being unlikely.

National League

  • Lincoln will be promoted as champions if they beat Gateshead and Tranmere lose at Guiseley.
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