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The Championship: What’s left to be decided?

| 04.05.2018

There’s a lot on the line going into the final round of Championship fixtures this Sunday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have already been crowned champions. But the second automatic promotion spot is still on a knife edge. The final play-off position is yet to be be decided. And there’s an almighty scrap going on at the bottom.

The Ladbrokes News crew take a look at each situation…

Automatic Promotion

It’s a final day shoot-out between Cardiff City and Fulham for 2nd spot. Cardiff host Reading at home while Fulham take on Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s.

Neil Warnock’s side are just 1/3 to beat Paul Clement’s side. Fulham are 8/11 to get the job done against Blues.

Cardiff look like they’re in the driving seat at 1/7 to be promoted. Fulham are at 4/5.


The play-offs are shaping up nicely. It’ll be one of Cardiff or Fulham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, and a final team.

Sixth position will be between either Derby County or Preston North End. Both sides have come into this in good form. Derby have beaten Cardiff and drawn with Villa in their last two games while Preston have won three of their last four.

The Rams host Barnsley at Pride Park with Gary Rowett’s side at 8/11 for all three points. Barnsley are available at 7/2.

Preston are 8/15 to see off Burton at Deepdale with the away side at 24/5 to nab all three points.

Relegation run-in

What a race we have here! Sunderland are already down. But there are five sides who’ll be sweating bullets on survival Sunday.

Bolton Wanderers look like they’ve the easiest task as they play Nottingham Forest at home. Phil Parkinson’s side are 3/4 to win that one but remain 2/5 to go down.

Burton face Preston away. But Albion have won three on the bounce and will be confident. They’re 1/4 favourites to go down.

Despite having to play red-hot Fulham, Birmingham are just 14/1 for the drop. Garry Monk’s side will hope Preston can take at least a point against Burton.

Reading are in the same boat as Blues. Clement’s outfit will be hoping both Burton and Barnsley trip up. The Royals are the unlikeliest side – according to the odds – at 33/1 to go down.

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Cian Carroll

Starting life as a football columnist for his local paper in Dundalk, Cian has written for a number of media outlets with pieces published in The Birmingham Mail and Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo. A lover of football, GAA, boxing, rugby and MMA, he’s a big Aston Villa and Dundalk fan. He can be regularly spotted on various mountain tops.