Who could go up this weekend? Who could go down? Who’s clinched a trophy? Who’s qualified for Europe?
As the Sky Bet EFL enters its penultimate weekend of the 2022/23 season and the Premier League enters its final month, we bring you the ups and downs across the top five divisions of English football.
Qualified for the Champions League: TBC
Qualified for Europa League: Arsenal
Qualified for Europa Conference League: Manchester United
With a month left of the Premier League season, very little has been decided as yet.
Arsenal currently lead the way at the top of the table, though Manchester City are trailing very closely behind
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures
- Crystal Palace vs West Ham (Sat, 12.30pm)
- Brentford vs Nottingham Forest (Sat, 3pm)
- Brighton vs Wolves (Sat, 3pm)
- Bournemouth vs Leeds (Sun, 2pm)
- Fulham vs Manchester City (Sun, 2pm – live on Sky Sports)
- Manchester United vs Aston Villa (Sun, 2pm)
- Newcastle United vs Southampton (Sun, 2pm)
- Liverpool vs Tottenham (Sun, 4.30pm – live on Sky Sports)
- Leicester City vs Everton (Mon, 8pm – live on Sky Sports)
- Arsenal vs Chelsea (Tues, 8pm – live on Sky Sports)
Meanwhile at the bottom, Southampton look to be prime candidates for relegation. Ruben Selles’ Saints sit six points from safety with five games left to play.
Promoted: Sheffield United
Qualified for play-offs: Luton, Middlesbrough
With two rounds of fixtures remaining, the two automatic promotion places up for grabs in the Championship have been sealed by champions Burnley and runners-up Sheffield United.
And with Luton and Middlesbrough having already secured their spots in the play-offs, only two can join them in the end-of-season lottery.
Coventry and Sunderland currently occupy fifth and sixth place, but Millwall, Blackburn, West Brom, Preston, Norwich and Swansea all remain in contention.
This weekend’s Championship fixtures (Sat 3pm unless stated)
- Blackpool vs Millwall (Fri 8pm, live on Sky Sports)
- Bristol City vs Burnley
- Coventry City vs Birmingham City
- Hull City vs Swansea City
- Reading vs Wigan Athletic
- Sheffield United vs Preston North End
- Stoke City vs QPR
- Sunderland vs Watford
- West Brom vs Norwich City (Sat 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
- Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town (Sun 12pm, live on Sky Sports)
- Rotherham United vs Middlesbrough (Mon 1pm, live on Sky Sports)
- Blackburn Rovers vs Luton Town (Mon 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports)
In terms of relegation, Blackpool could become the first team to drop into League One this season on Friday night should they lose to Millwall. If they draw with the Lions at Bloomfield Road, they would go down on Sunday if Huddersfield beat Cardiff. Win on Friday against Millwall and their fate will be decided on the final day.
On Saturday, Wigan face fellow strugglers Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium where anything other than a win will send them down.
Qualified for play-offs (at least): Plymouth, Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley
Relegated: Forest Green
Four teams have already qualified for the play-offs at least, but the current top two have the chance to secure promotion this weekend and avoid the lottery.
Current leaders Plymouth will be promoted to the Championship if they beat Burton or Sheffield Wednesday fail to win away at Shrewsbury.
Ipswich, meanwhile, will be promoted if they beat Exeter or Sheffield Wednesday fail to better their result when they travel to Shrewsbury.
This weekend’s League One fixtures (all Sat 3pm KO)
- Accrington Stanley vs Cambridge United
- Bolton Wanderers vs Fleetwood Town
- Charlton Athletic vs Port Vale
- Derby County vs Portsmouth
- Forest Green Rovers vs Oxford United
- Ipswich Town vs Exeter City
- MK Dons vs Barnsley
- Morecambe vs Lincoln City
- Peterborough United vs Bristol Rovers
- Plymouth Argyle vs Burton Albion
- Shrewsbury Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
- Wycombe Wanderers vs Cheltenham Town
The one and only thing that has been decided is the first of the four relegation places. Forest Green suffered immediate relegation back to League Two after just six wins in their 44 league games so far, just one of which has come since December 10.
Accrington will join them if they lose at home to Cambridge, Oxford avoid defeat away at Forest Green and MK Dons beat Barnsley. They will also go down if they draw with Cambridge and both Oxford and MK Dons win.
The same goes for Morecambe. They will go down if they lose at home to Lincoln, Oxford avoid defeat away at Forest Green and MK Dons beat Barnsley. And they will go down if they draw with Lincoln and both Oxford and MK Dons win.
Champions: Leyton Orient
Qualified for play-offs (at least): Northampton, Stevenage
Leyton Orient were the first team promoted from League Two earlier this month, securing the title and a return to the third tier after seven seasons away.
Northampton will join them in being promoted this Saturday if they beat play-off-chasing Bradford or Stockport fail to beat Leyton Orient and Carlisle fail to beat Salford.
Stevenage will also join them if they beat Grimsby at home or Stockport and Carlisle fail to better their result.
This weekend’s League Two fixtures (all Sat 3pm KO)
- AFC Wimbledon vs Tranmere Rovers
- Carlisle United vs Salford City
- Crawley Town vs Walsall
- Crewe Alexandra vs Swindon Town
- Doncaster Rovers vs Colchester United
- Gillingham vs Newport County
- Hartlepool United vs Barrow
- Leyton Orient vs Stockport County
- Mansfield Town vs Harrogate Town
- Northampton Town vs Bradford City
- Rochdale vs Sutton United
- Stevenage vs Grimsby Town
The first team to be relegated from League Two this season was Rochdale, whose 1-0 defeat to Stockport on April 22 saw their 102-year stay in the EFL come to its conclusion.
Hartlepool sit 23rd and are in pole position to join them this weekend. The only sliver of hope for John Askey’s men is that, should they beat Barrow and nearest rivals Crawley lose to Walsall, the relegation battle will not be decided until the final day of the season.
Qualified for play-off semi-finals: Notts County
Qualified for play-off quarter-finals: Chesterfield, Woking, Barnet, Bromley
Relegated: Yeovil, Scunthorpe, Maidstone United
National League final day fixtures (all Sat 5.30pm KO)
- Aldershot vs Altrincham
- Barnet vs Dagenham & Redbridge
- Boreham Wood vs Yeovil
- Chesterfield vs Maidstone United
- Dorking Wanderers vs Scunthorpe United
- FC Halifax vs Eastleigh
- Gatehead vs Maidenhead United
- Notts County vs York City
- Oldham Athletic vs Bromley
- Solihull Moors vs Woking
- Southend United vs Wealdstone
- Torquay United vs Wrexham
With Wrexham having already won the National League, the only way up for the remaining teams in promotion contention is through the play-offs.
Second-placed Notts County are the only side to have confirmed their place in the semi-finals, where they will be joined by either third-placed Chesterfield or fourth-placed Woking.
Barnet and Bromley have secured their places in the play-off quarter-finals and, while Boreham Wood only need one point to join them, should they slip up, Southend United and Eastleigh will be jostling to try and take that final play-off spot.
Meanwhile, there is just one relegation place left to be sealed. Torquay United currently occupy it and, to survive on the final day, they must better Maidenhead United‘s result and hope for an eight-goal swing.
Final: Manchester City vs Manchester United – Sunday June 3, 3pm
Winners: Manchester United
Papa Johns Trophy
Winners: Bolton Wanderers
Source : https://www.skysports.com/football/news/12040/12866862/football-ups-and-downs-2022-23-premier-league-championship-league-one-league-two-and-national-league-promotions-and-relegations?rand=3094