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Who’s going up and down? Tonight’s Football League permutations…

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This time of the season is both the most exciting and most confusing, with fans on the terraces constantly checking their phones for other results to see what they mean for their club.

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And this particular season is no exception, with tonight’s game being a pivotal set of matches in many team’s quest for survival and promotion.

Currently, Bolton’s relegation to League One, Crewe’s drop to League Two and Dagenham & Redbridge’s drop out of the Football League are the only fates determined, as well as Northampton winning League Two.

It was also confirmed on Saturday that Cheltenham have won the National League, meaning we will see the Robins in League Two next year.

You can see a full list of fixtures on our website.

There are 12 matches in the Championship, 11 in League One and 12 in League Two. Here FLW’s Ryan Evans takes a closer look at tonight’s matches, reviewing what could be sealed tonight.

Sky Bet Championship

Whilst neither Middlesbrough or Burnley can guarantee themselves promotion tonight, both of those teams plus Brighton are already assured of at least a play-off place. Fourth place Hull City could join them tonight, if they beat Reading and Cardiff lose to Brentford. The gap between themselves and 7th placed Cardiff would be 12 points with just nine more to play for. Derby would be able to do they same should they overcome Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The bottom is slightly more complicated. If Charlton don’t beat basement club Bolton, they are automatically relegated to League One. However, if they win, it still might not be enough.

If Rotherham (Huddersfield away) and Fulham (Ipswich away) draw, and the points are also shared between Nottingham Forest and Blackburn at the City Ground, the gap between Charlton in 23rd and Rotherham in 21st would be eleven points with just three games to go.

If any one of those teams lose however, then Charlton will live to fight another day with a win.

For MK Dons, however, the gap is currently nine points. With a much worse goal difference than the teams above them, the Dons will be virtually down if they draw at Sheffield Wednesday and the four teams from above also draw.

Huddersfield and Bristol City can also guarantee safety tonight by avoiding defeat to Rotherham (A) and Derby (H) respectively.

Sky Bet League One

Port Vale and Blackpool don’t play tonight, meaning that the Tangerines will be in the final drop spot come the weekend.

Wigan are guaranteed at least a spot in the play-offs, and Burton will join them if Barnsley fail to win against Peterborough (H), even if they lose to leaders Wigan (H).

So far, Crewe are the only team relegated from the third tier, but it will become nearly impossible for Colchester to escape the drop should they not beat the bottom club tonight. The gap would stay at nine points should one of Shrewsbury (Sheff Utd home) and Fleetwood (Millwall away) lose, with three games to go, but Colchester have a much worse goal difference.

If both Shrewsbury and Fleetwood were to win, however, then Colchester would be relegated tonight if they don’t get a point. If Oldham (Southend away) win too, Colchester are going to have to beat Crewe to stay with a chance of staying of beating the drop, and hope that Doncaster beat Chesterfield.

Rovers, however, can not be confirmed as relegated tonight, although there is an extreme scenario where they will be nine points behind Shrewsbury and Fleetwood with three games to go.

Sky Bet League Two

At the top, Oxford are guaranteed to at least be in the play-offs this season, and Bristol Rovers (Stevenage away), Accrington Stanley (Hartlepool away) and Plymouth Argyle (Leyton Orient home) could join them with wins tonight.

At the bottom, York will be relegated if they fail to win, but a victory might not be enough. They could still go down should Newport beat Oxford in Wales.

Football League fans, are you confident that your side will stay up this evening? Let us know what you think will happen below!


18 year old Plymouth fan from Cornwall. Twitter: @ryanevans1906

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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