What is at stake in the Football League in the final week?

With one weekend remaining and a handful of crucial midweek fixtures, some late promotion and relegation drama is in store in the Football League.

The final Championship play-off spot remains up for grabs while in Leagues One and Two, there is still plenty to address at either end of the table.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at what is at stake in Tuesday and Saturday’s fixtures.


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With Norwich and Sheffield United promoted and Ipswich, Bolton and Rotherham relegated, only the play-offs remain to be sorted.

Leeds, West Brom and Aston Villa are confirmed in the top six, with Leeds needing a point to secure third place ahead of the Baggies while Villa will definitely finish fifth.

Bristol City need a positive result – realistically a win – at Millwall on Tuesday to keep pushing Derby and Middlesbrough for sixth. The Rams have a better goal difference and travel to Swansea on Saturday, when Boro take on Rotherham and the Robins face Hull.

League One

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Tuesday evening will play a major role in shaping the third-tier promotion picture, with Sunderland needing a win at Fleetwood and Portsmouth a point or more against Peterborough to stand a chance of edging out Luton or Barnsley on the final day.

Those four teams, along with Charlton, are secure in the play-offs at the very least and Peterborough must realistically win both of their remaining games to pip Doncaster to sixth – four points could be enough but would require at least a 10-goal swing.

Bradford are down but there is a battle royal to avoid the other three places with Scunthorpe, Walsall, Plymouth and Southend separated by only a point. Argyle and the Iron meet in a key final-day fixture.

AFC Wimbledon are still not mathematically safe if three of those four teams win on Saturday.

League Two

Bury manager Ryan Lowe

A big Tuesday night awaits Ryan Lowe and Bury (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Bury can join Lincoln in League One with a point in Tuesday’s re-arranged game at Tranmere – they would only have a two-point cushion but with Mansfield and MK Dons playing each other on Saturday, only one could overtake Ryan Lowe’s side.

That match at Stadium MK will see the winners promoted. Goal difference means a draw benefits Mansfield – it could be enough for the Dons as well, but only if Bury lose their two games by a combined six goals.

Eleventh-placed Newport, with their game in hand against Oldham on Tuesday, have the best chance of unseating Exeter from the final play-off berth.

Two wins would guarantee seventh place for Mike Flynn’s side but if both they and Exeter fail to seal the deal, Colchester, Carlisle and Stevenage are waiting in the wings.

Yeovil were relegated at the weekend and Notts County will join them unless they beat Swindon on Saturday and Macclesfield lose to Cambridge – a draw for Sol Campbell’s men would leave County needing at least an eight-goal win.

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