You can count one hand the amount of games teams in the English Football Leagues have left. Yet there are a lot of things still up in the air. There is a reason they call it the business end of the season, failure here, could be the difference between finishing 2nd and 3rd, 21st and 22nd and 6th or 7th. It is crucial that teams ensure they play until the end. What is left to be determined?
What we already know –
Aston Villa are relegated from The Premier League
Bolton Wanderers are relegated from The Championship
Crewe Alexandra are relegated from League 1
Dagenham and Redbridge are relegated from League 2.
Northampton Town are League 2 Champions.
What can be resolved this week –
If Stoke beat Tottenham then the fairytale could be complete this week with Leicester winning the Premier League title with a victory. That is unlikely to happen this week but you never know.
Charlton and MK Dons are in danger of being relegated on Tuesday 19th April. Loses for both teams coupled with wins for teams down the bottom could see both teams drop to League 1. MK Dons, despite being a place higher, are more likely to go down Tuesday with Charlton getting an opportunity for 3 points against relegated Bolton. That will just be delaying the inevitable as both teams need a miracle to stay up
Just 1 team can have fate determined on this week. Colchester will be relegated from League 1 should they lose away to relegated Crewe coupled with wins for Fleetwood and Shrewsbury. Which would put the rest of the bottom 4 in danger.
York will be relegated should they fail to better Newport’s result. With a tough challenge against Playoff bound Portsmouth they should drop out of the Football League on Tuesday. Both teams (Newport and York) are likely to lose so Newport can breath easily knowing they will survive.
With everything else still to play for in the Premier League and Football League the run-in for a lot of teams is exciting and could be the difference between staying up and going up.
What is likely to happen?
Leicester win the title
Top 4: Leicester, Tottenham, Arsenal, Man City
Aston Villa (Confirmed), Newcastle and Norwich get relegated
Middlesborough win the title (Should they beat Burnley on Tuesday it would make them heavy favourites)
Burnley win promotion
Play-offs: Brighton, Hull, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton (Confirmed), Charlton and MK Dons are relegated
Wigan win the title
Walsall are promoted
Play-offs: Burton, Bradford, Millwall, Barnsley
Crewe (Confirmed), Colchester, Doncaster and Blackpool are relegated
Northampton win the title (Confirmed)
The promotion race is a dogfight, 4 teams separated by 2 points
Oxford United and Plymouth win promotion
Play-offs: Accrington Stanley, Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, AFC Wimbledon
Dagenham & Redbridge (Confirmed) and York are relegated
Cheltenham Town win the title (Confirmed)
Play-offs: Forest Green Rovers, Dover Athletic, Grimsby Town, Eastleigh