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Will West Brom ruin it? Who’s following Hull down? It’s all to play for in the championship

Leeds United has already secured their return to the Premier League after 16 years, but there is a lot more fun and matches in the championship.

The final round will arrive tonight and much remains to be decided.

The most exciting struggle is undoubtedly second and Leeds will follow straight into the Premier League.

But in addition, the playoffs still have to take shape, just like the last relegation places. Here, Sports email look at how the last day of the championship could go.

Leeds United secured a sixteen-year absence from the Premier League last week

Leeds United secured a sixteen-year absence from the Premier League last week

The West Brom from Slaven Bilic is in an excellent position to follow Leeds back to the top flight

The West Brom from Slaven Bilic is in an excellent position to follow Leeds back to the top flight

The West Brom from Slaven Bilic is in an excellent position to follow Leeds back to the top flight

Who will automatically follow Leeds to the Premier League?

Before the football season was suspended, this seemed to be a done deal. West Brom was in an excellent position to finish second, if not challenge Leeds for the championship title.

But how different the situation looked when the season got going again. An amazing Brentford form, seven wins on the jump, allowed them to close the gap at West Brom, whose performance and results had declined.

West Brom is guaranteed to be automatically promoted if they beat QPR at home

West Brom is guaranteed to be automatically promoted if they beat QPR at home

West Brom is guaranteed to be automatically promoted if they beat QPR at home

Fast-forward to last Thursday night and Huddersfield’s unlikely win over West Brom offered Brentford an advantage they couldn’t take advantage of on Saturday at Stoke.

Enter Fulham. Scott Parker said at his press conference last Friday that he was getting ready for the playoffs. There was simply no way, he thought, that Brentford would slip into Stoke. But they did and Fulham’s 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday closed the gap to second to two runs.

Fulham boss Scott Parker said on Friday that he only made plans for the playoffs

Fulham boss Scott Parker said on Friday that he only made plans for the playoffs

Fulham boss Scott Parker said on Friday that he only made plans for the playoffs

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice on Saturday in Fulham's 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice on Saturday in Fulham's 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice on Saturday in Fulham’s 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday

There is no doubt that, by proxy, West Brom remains a favorite to climb to second place.

Their last game of the season is against QPR in The Hawthorns, a game that arguably has the least resistance than Brentford and Fulham are involved in.

It’s pretty simple: West Brom wins and they are done with Brentford and Fulham struggling through the playoffs to secure the third and final lucrative ticket for the big time this year.

However, should West Brom tie, Brentford should beat Barnsley, who had a great win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, to jump them into second place.

Josh Dasilva of Brentford was one of the players who just couldn't find the net against Stoke

Josh Dasilva of Brentford was one of the players who just couldn't find the net against Stoke

Josh Dasilva of Brentford was one of the players who just couldn’t find the net against Stoke

The defeat at Stoke took the automatic promotion out of the hands of Thomas Frank

The defeat at Stoke took the automatic promotion out of the hands of Thomas Frank

The defeat at Stoke took the automatic promotion out of the hands of Thomas Frank

Another way Brentford could overtake West Brom would be if the Baggies lose to QPR at home and the Bees tie against Barnsley. Brentford has a better goal difference of nine goals than West Brom.

But we wouldn’t be in this position if the championship made sense.

Parker has said it will be ‘great’ if Fulham did the unthinkable and finished second Wednesday night and back in the Premier League after relegating last season.

In order for that to happen, a number of things have to be done. First, and the only result they can control is to beat Wigan. Without it, they end up in the playoffs, simple and straightforward.

But if they win, West Brom (Fulham would be on par with the Baggies if they pulled against QPR, but Slaven Bilic’s side has a much better goal difference and Parker should hope his players can score well over 10 goals without return to come close to making a difference), and Brentford drop points then Fulham would finish in second place.

Beyond West Brom beats QPR, but if Charlie Austin and his attacking colleagues can outperform Huddersfield, it’s really crazy to think about what could possibly happen.

Charlie Austin, who is in tears on Friday, is expected to deliver against QPR on Wednesday evening

Charlie Austin, who is in tears on Friday, is expected to deliver against QPR on Wednesday evening

Charlie Austin, who is in tears on Friday, is expected to deliver against QPR on Wednesday evening

Which Welsh party will secure the last play-off spot?

So we know that the top two playoff spots are already taken. The latter two are still up for grabs with Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Swansea, all in a battle for them.

Forest, in fifth place, is in the most impressive position – at 70 points, equal to sixth Cardiff, but with a better goal difference of four goals. Swansea, in seventh place, is three points back, but only one goal worse than their Welsh rivals.

Forest play Stoke at the City Ground, Cardiff host Hull and Swansea travel to Reading.

Cardiff has the advantage over Welsh rivals Swansea for the final playoff spot in the championship

Cardiff has the advantage over Welsh rivals Swansea for the final playoff spot in the championship

Cardiff has the advantage over Welsh rivals Swansea for the final playoff spot in the championship

Cardiff has the advantage over Welsh rivals Swansea entering the final day of the championship

Cardiff has the advantage over Welsh rivals Swansea entering the final day of the championship

Cardiff has the advantage over Welsh rivals Swansea entering the final day of the championship

A win or draw for both Forest and Cardiff would essentially leave things as they are, unless of course Cardiff cut through Hull just as easily as Wigan last week, who would see both swaps due to goal difference. A win or draw for both of them would put them in the playoffs and Swansea couldn’t help it.

Realistically, even if Forest loses, Swansea is unlikely to score enough goals against Reading to bring them down. So Swansea’s best bet is to hope Cardiff slips with the sides separated by three points, but only a single stroke in the goal difference.

Swansea boss Steve Cooper knows his side has to win and hopes Cardiff slips against Hull

Swansea boss Steve Cooper knows his side has to win and hopes Cardiff slips against Hull

Swansea boss Steve Cooper knows his side has to win and hopes Cardiff slips against Hull

Hull has one foot in League One, but who will join?

What do you get when your owners get too comfortable and decide to sell their top two players in January? Easy. You get Hull City. How far and how fast they have dropped to the bottom of the championship, 90 minutes away from playing the third tier of English football for the first time since 2005.

Nothing less than a mathematical miracle will save them. Aside from Hull, the situation is far from straightforward. Directly above Hull are Barnsley. Even if they beat Brentford, they can still be down if the results are against them.

Luton is in the final relegation spot, but at level points – 48 – with Charlton ahead of them.

Luton's win over Hull over the weekend has given them a huge opportunity to avoid the fall

Luton's win over Hull over the weekend has given them a huge opportunity to avoid the fall

Luton’s win over Hull over the weekend has given them a huge opportunity to avoid the fall

Grant McCann's Hull kicks off the last day of the championship season at the bottom of the table

Grant McCann's Hull kicks off the last day of the championship season at the bottom of the table

Grant McCann’s Hull kicks off the last day of the championship season at the bottom of the table

Hull is almost downgraded and only a mathematical miracle can save them from the fall

Hull is almost downgraded and only a mathematical miracle can save them from the fall

Hull is almost downgraded and only a mathematical miracle can save them from the fall

Luton hosts Blackburn while Charlton travels to Leeds. Charlton is alone in the bottom three because of their much better goal difference – 18 better than Luton’s.

You also have to throw Birmingham and Middlesbrough into the mix, both of which are at 50 points. They would certainly be safe with draws, but everything less and either could be reclaimed.

Huddersfield could still be caught mathematically, but that would be very disastrous.

All this is indeed without the prospect of Wigan getting a 12 point deduction, that Sports email understands that they should not be able to influence until next season given their ability to appeal the penalty.

Lee Bowyer's Charlton are in a difficult position and face Leeds in their last game of the season

Lee Bowyer's Charlton are in a difficult position and face Leeds in their last game of the season

Lee Bowyer’s Charlton are in a difficult position and face Leeds in their last game of the season

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