Ups and downs
Sky Sports gives a rundown of the promotion and relegation permutations in each division.
Last Updated: 26/04/12 5:59pm
With May just around the corner, we are at that stage of the season when fans up and down the country have to keep an eye on results elsewhere to be sure of their own team's fortunes.
Here is your guide to what is at stake in England and Scotland this weekend.
Wolves' relegation was confirmed on Sunday but it could be any two of five teams joining them in the Championship next season. Stoke, Norwich and Swansea can mathematically guarantee their safety this weekend but Aston Villa have now been dragged into the relegation battle along with long-time strugglers Blackburn, Bolton, QPR and Wigan.
A win for Villa at West Brom on Saturday would arrest their slide and take Alex McLeish's men at least five points away from the drop zone overnight. Steve Kean's Blackburn are most at risk as they could be six points adrift with three to play before they even kick-off at Tottenham on Sunday.
It's the last day of the Championship season on Saturday and many matters have already been resolved. Reading were confirmed as champions when Southampton lost at Middlesbrough on Saturday. That result, coupled with West Ham's win at Leicester, means it could still be the Saints or the Hammers joining the Royals in the automatic promotion spots.
Nigel Adkins' men remain best placed to go up despite last weekend's defeat and know three points against already-relegated Coventry will assure them of promotion. For West Ham, a win against Hull would be enough if Saints lose while a three-goal win could be enough to see them promoted if Southampton can only draw.
The team that loses out in the battle for automatic promotion will join Blackpool in the play-offs as well as Birmingham - barring a miracle. It would require a 23 goal swing for Middlesbrough to edge out Chris Hughton's side so realistically the final play-off spot is between Boro and Cardiff.
The Bluebirds are in the stronger position as they know that a win at Crystal Palace will guarantee them of a play-off place while a draw would be enough unless Boro scored at least 11 goals. Tony Mowbray's side visit Watford on the final day and will also surely need a huge favour from the Eagles if they are to grab sixth spot.
At the bottom of the table, the identity of the three relegated teams has already been established. What's more, they've been contributing to each other's misery. Doncaster were relegated with three games still to play when they lost to Portsmouth on April 14. A week later it was confirmed that Pompey would be joining Rovers in League One, alongside Coventry - who Doncaster beat on April 21.
Charlton are already champions but last weekend's results mean the battle for second place is heating up between the two Sheffield clubs. Sheffield Wednesday came up with a dramatic late winner while Sheffield United lost at MK Dons, reducing the gap between the city rivals to just one point. But the Blades can still grab the remaining automatic promotion spot with a win at home to Stevenage on Saturday if the Owls lose at Brentford.
The Sheffield side that loses out will join MK Dons and Huddersfield in the play-offs but four teams can still entertain hopes of claiming sixth spot. Stevenage are the team in possession but, of course, face Sheffield United at the weekend and any slip up could allow Notts County to leapfrog them. Carlisle are also in the mix just three points behind Stevenage while Brentford need to win both remaining games and hope results elsewhere go their way.
At the other end of the table, Rochdale are down but Exeter and Chesterfield continue to cling on to their slim hopes of survival. The Spireites have won their last three but are still four points adrift while the Grecians, a further point back, appeared to be delaying the inevitable with their 4-2 win over Walsall last week. Both teams will be relegated on Saturday if they fail to reduce the gap on the Saddlers or Leyton Orient.
Wycombe are the best placed to claw out of the drop zone as they are currently just three points behind Walsall with two to play. Wanderers host Notts County on Saturday but if they fail to match Walsall's result against Huddersfield or better Orient's at Hartlepool they will be relegated.
Swindon have lost their last two games as they stumbled their way to promotion but things could get even better on Saturday. Paolo Di Canio's side host Port Vale and need only match Shrewsbury's result against Dagenham & Redbridge to be confirmed as League Two champions. Likewise, Shrewsbury know that a win will guarantee their promotion and that they only need to match Crawley and Torquay's efforts at the weekend to be playing League One football next season.
Crawley are one point ahead of Torquay and in the strongest position to claim the third automatic promotion spot with just two games to play. If they can beat Hereford and Torquay lose against Crewe, the Reds' first season in the Football League will end in promotion. The only other side in with a chance are Southend but they need to win both of their remaining fixtures and hope the two teams above them slip up.
Cheltenham and Crewe are occupying the remaining two play-off berths at present but neither side is assured of their place just yet. If Oxford lose to Southend on Saturday then a win would be enough for Cheltenham to guarantee their spot, while Crewe need to win and Oxford to lose or draw to be mathematically certain of their place by the weekend.
Gillingham and Rotherham's dreams of snatching a play-off spot could end this weekend while Aldershot require a freak combination of results to force their way into the reckoning.
Things are more clear-cut at the foot of the table where Macclesfield and Hereford face losing their Football League status if they are unable to catch Barnet. Hereford are currently two points behind the Bees with two to play, while Macclesfield are a further point back. As a result, three points for Barnet at home to AFC Wimbledon could relegate the bottom two if they fail to win their games on Saturday.
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Dunfermline are six points adrift of Hibernian with four games to play so that could be nine points with three remaining if results go against them at the weekend. Dunfermline host Aberdeen on Saturday while Hibs travel to St Mirren the following day. The only other team at any risk of relegation are Inverness Caledonian Thistle and they know they'll be safe if they win, or indeed Dunfermline fail to win, at the weekend.