The race for promotion. Who will be in the Championship Playoff finals?

April 29, 2019

The race for promotion. Who will be in the Championship Playoff finals?

We all know how exciting the Premier League is this season, but have you even looked at the Championship?

Not only are three huge former top-flight clubs battling for automatic promotion but right now any team from 8th-placed Bristol City up have a chance of being promoted via the play-offs.

Earlier this week the EFL confirmed this year’s dates for the Championship play-off fixtures, with both of the semi-final first legs taking place on Saturday May 11th, the second legs the following midweek and the final set for Bank Holiday Monday on May 27th

Fans can watch how this season's play-offs conclude on Sky Sports and Now TV and there are also plenty of online sports live streaming services which are worth checking out too.

What has yet to be confirmed however is the four teams that will take part, as the battle for promotion to the Premier League looks set to go to the wire and with most teams having just four league games to go, neither the automatic promotion spots, nor the four remaining play-off spaces, have been sealed.

It’s probably safe now to say that Norwich will be plying their trade in the Premier League next season, with the Canaries leading the pack on 88 points and are 1/20 with William Hill to clinch promotion.

The Canaries are currently a best-priced 1/5 with Betfred to win The Championship. Behind Norwich, it looks like a fight between Leeds and Sheffield United for second place, while any three of seven other clubs can still mathematically make up the remaining spots in the top 6.

So who will be in this season’s play-offs?

With back-to-back losses, Leeds now sit three points behind Sheffield United and have looked somewhat jaded, and for that reason we wager that Premier League football will be returning to Bramall Lane next season as Sheff United also go up via automatic promotion.

Leeds are guaranteed a play-off spot if they miss out on the automatics however, and given the points tally already amassed by fourth-placed West Brom, it would be a pretty safe bet to say that The Baggies will join them.

Villa have been on an outstanding run of form of late, winning ten consecutive matches to soar from dwindling in mid-table to lying in fifth. They are the league’s form side and historically it has been the side who enter the play-offs with the most momentum, rather than the team finishing in third, who go on to succeed in the play-off final.

The final play-off spot is where it gets really interesting. Taking out those who will desperately be requiring snookers to make the cut, the realistic candidates for those places are  Bristol City, Middlesbrough and Derby County.

Currently only goal difference separate Middlesbrough and Derby, though Boro have played a game more than their rivals.

Until a 2-1 defeat at Villa ten days ago, Bristol City had been in a rich vein of form and they also currently occupy 6th place. If you had to put your money somewhere, it would probably be best-placed siding with The Robins to make up the top 6.