Championship UK

Championship: Final Day Preview

The final day of the Championship will take place at 12:30 on Saturday and all eyes are on three sides Derby County, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday who are fighting to remain in the Championship. Only one of the three sides can remain in the Championship.

Wycombe Wanderers can still mathematically stay up, but would need to win their game by 12 goals and other results would still have to go their way.

What positions do the teams currently occupy?

Currently, Derby occupy 21st place in the Championship, just above the relegation zone. Derby have 43 points to their name and a goal difference of -22.

Rotherham are third from bottom, with 41 points and a goal difference of -16.

Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday are second from bottom with 40 points, and a goal difference of -21.

What form are the sides in?

Derby have four points from their last 10 games, with their latest result being a 2-1 defeat away at Swansea.

Rotherham have had a busy fixture schedule due to having numerous games in hand. Since the start of April, Rotherham have played 11 games. Those 11 games have led to one win and three draws, and the effect of fatigue could play a role in the final day.

For Sheffield Wednesday, they are in the best form of the three sides, with 12 points from their previous ten fixtures.

What are the final day’s fixtures?

The game of the day is Derby County hosting Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park, whereas Rotherham will travel to Wales to play Cardiff City.

What are the permutations?

How can Derby stay up? If Derby win, they will stay up. If they lose, they will be relegated. A draw would mean eyes would turn to Cardiff, where a Rotherham win would relegate Derby. If Derby draw, and Rotherham fail to win, then they will remain in the Championship.

How can Rotherham stay up? If Rotherham win and Derby fail to beat Sheffield Wednesday, then Rotherham will stay up. If Rotherham fail to win, then they will play in League One next season.

How can Sheffield Wednesday stay up? A Wednesday win will see them stay up if Rotherham fail to win.

What is the team news for the three teams?

Derby will be without defender’s Curtis Davies, Andre Wisdom and Teden Mengi. Kyrstian Bielik, Jordan Ibe and Lee Gregory are also unavailable.

Sheffield Wednesday will be without Tom Lees, Izzy Brown, and Dominic Iorfa. They are also without they injured Cameron Dawson, Massimo Luongo, Moses Odubajo and Joost van Aken.

Rotherham will be without George Hirst who has a hamstring injury. Other than that, there are no new injury concerns.

When are the games?

All games in the Championship will kick off at 12:30 on Saturday.

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