Championship permutations: 19 Apr 2016

Here are the highest and lowest possible positions that each Championship club can occupy after the midweek fixtures. I’ve drawn lines under the last play-off spot, mid-table and the last spot above the relegation zone on both “axes” for ease of reference.

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CH permutations 2016-04-19

Burnley host Middlesbrough tonight with a place at the Championship summit at stake: if the home side win then they will overtake Boro and move into top spot. Brighton are still four points behind the current leaders so their best-case scenario is an away win which would allow them to move above the Clarets if they beat QPR.

Not much else can change in the top half, with Sheffield Wednesday’s five-point lead over Cardiff giving them some security in the final play-off spot. The Owls will be hoping that Cardiff lose at Brentford, which could also allow the Bees to move into the top half at Leeds’ expense.  Wolves travel to Elland Road this evening and could also steal their hosts’ top half place with a victory.

Once again there’s the most potential for change just above the relegation zone, where the six clubs from Huddersfield in 16th down to 21st-placed Rotherham (who coincidentally face each other this evening) are separated by just two points. Each of those sides has a movement range of at least six places this evening, although with Nottingham Forest hosting Blackburn, it’s impossible for both to climb above the Terriers this week.