A look at what’s at stake in the English Football League over the Easter weekend


Fulham have another chance to clinch promotion as the Easter weekend gears up to decide the ups and downs of the English Football League.

While the Premier League still has some way to go, several issues are beginning to be resolved in the EFL – starting with Crewe’s relegation from League One last Saturday.

Here, the PA news agency looks at what’s at stake this weekend.


Fulham would have had the chance to seal promotion last weekend had Nottingham Forest lost to Birmingham, but a 2-0 victory for Steve Cooper’s side delayed the party for at least a week before even the surprise defeat of the Cottagers v Coventry on Sunday.

It means the equation is the same this time around – a win over Derby would be enough for Marco Silva’s side if Forest lost to Luton earlier today.

Back-to-back wins on Friday and then Tuesday against Preston could seal the title if Bournemouth lose to Middlesbrough and Coventry, while the striker Aleksandar Mitrovic remains just two short of the first 40-goal league season in nearly 30 years.

No relegation can be confirmed on Friday, although if Hull improve on Barnsley’s result it would only be Reading, with the Tykes, Derby and Peterborough battling to avoid the bottom three places and there is a chance of a resolution as soon as the Easter Monday.

League 1

Seven teams remain mathematically seeking automatic promotion and with nine points covering the top four of Wigan, MK Dons, Rotherham and Plymouth, nothing will be decided on Friday.

The Latics are already guaranteed to have at least a place in the play-off, and MK donations would join them if they beat Sheffield Wednesday or equaled Wycombe’s result against AFC Wimbledon. RotherhamThe top-six place could also be confirmed with a win over Ipswich and a loss for Wycombe.

Downstairs, Doncaster’s victory Crewe last week sent Alex down and ensures the rest of the relegation battle will continue at least until Monday.

league two

scunthorpe will be officially relegated from the EFL if they lose to Leyton Orient, or if their result is tied by two from Barrow, Oldham and Stevenage.

Three of the top four in Ligue 2 have six games left to play, meaning promotion will not be confirmed on Friday.

Leaders green forest would be guaranteed at least a play-off place if they beat Barrow and one of Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Sutton drop spots, and then have the chance of earning promotion on Easter Monday.


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