Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Preston North End could yet compete in the Championship’s play-offs this season, despite the fact the season is in serious doubt.
A ball hasn’t been kicked in the Championship since the first weekend of March, with public safety taking ultimate priority right across the world of football.
Currently, Leeds United and West Brom sit comfortably in the automatic promotion spots, but Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Preston were in the play-offs, with the hope of securing promotion.
Now, a report in The Sun has emerged stating that whilst the Championship want to stage games at home venues, there’s a chance play-off semi-finals could be played over one-leg.
The stadiums of MK Dons and Bolton Wanderers have seemingly been earmarked as venues these games could play, with the governing bodies looking for somewhere safe to play the lucrative fixtures.
Last season’s Championship play-offs saw Leeds United, West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby County compete for a place in the Premier League, with Villa and Derby the clubs to reach Wembley.
There, Villa progressed into the Premier League thanks to a 2-1 victory.
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The play-offs are one of the Championship’s unique pulling points, so you can understand why the governing bodies want to get them played.
Say Leeds and West Brom are sent off to the Premier League on sporting merit, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Preston would be seething if they were denied the chance to play for a place in the top-flight.
This idea gives them a chance to do that.
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