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Friday 9 December 2016

What can happen on the final day of the Championship

Bournemouth's Harry Arter celebrates with fans on the pitch
Bournemouth's Harry Arter celebrates with fans on the pitch

The Sky Bet Championship regular season ends tomorrow, with a few issues still to be tied up over the final matchday.

THE TITLE

A Watford win at home to Sheffield Wednesday will see them crowned champions, and a draw would be enough should Bournemouth lose at Charlton. The Cherries can secure the title if they win and Watford draw or lose, or if they pick up a point and the Hornets suffer defeat.

 

PROMOTION

This is mathematically all-but sealed already. Bournemouth will confirm their promotion if they pick up at least a point, and even a defeat should be enough, with third-placed Middlesbrough requiring a 19-goal swing to overhaul them.

 

THE PLAY-OFFS

Middlesbrough, at home to Brighton, will finish third if they match or better the outcome of Norwich’s result against Fulham at Carrow Road. The Canaries are only able to leapfrog above the Teessiders if they win or draw and Aitor Karanka’s side lose.

That leaves two play-off places up for grabs with just three points separating Ipswich in fifth and Wolves in eighth.

Wins for Ipswich, who head to Blackburn, and Derby, at home to Reading, will see them clinch a top-six berth.

Ipswich can also claim a play-off spot if they draw with Rovers or match the results of Brentford and Wolves.

The only way the Suffolk side can slip out of the top six is if they lose and Brentford and/or Wolves overturn three and seven-goal swings respectively.

The Rams, beaten in last year’s final, can ensure another play-off campaign if they match or better the outcomes of Brentford and Wolves.

A point would also be sufficient even if Brentford and Wolves win due to their vastly-superior goal difference.

Brentford, who welcome relegated Wigan to Griffin Park, can overhaul Derby if they win and the Rams lose but will need Wolves to slip up or fail to score more than three goals to edge them out on goal difference.

The Bees can also jump above Ipswich with a two-goal win and a loss for Mick McCarthy’s side by the same margin.

Wolves are at home to relegated Millwall and can make the play-offs if they are victorious and Derby and Brentford lose.

They will need to make up seven goals and rely on Ipswich to lose to overhaul them.

A Watford win at home to Sheffield Wednesday will see them crowned champions, and a draw would be enough should Bournemouth lose at Charlton. The Cherries can secure the title if they win and Watford draw or lose, or if they pick up a point and the Hornets suffer defeat.

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