League 1 permutations: 19 Apr 2016

Here are the highest and lowest possible positions that each League 1 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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L1 permutations 2016-04-19

As in the Championship, the top two are playing each other this evening with top spot at stake, although the chances of Burton overtaking Wigan are vanishingly small. A win for the Brewers would move them level on points but Wigan’s goal difference is superior by a massive 17 goals. Nigel Clough has more to worry about from Walsall below, who could edge into second place – also on goal difference – with a win over Swindon if the Latics defeat their nearest challengers.

Beneath these three the play-off battle remains fraught, with both Millwall and Gillingham able to lose their place in the top six if they do worse than the other and seventh-placed Barnsley register a win. The rest of the top half is also a bit of a free-for-all, with eight-placed Rochdale the only other side guaranteed to remain in it.

Even though Port Vale (along with Blackpool) aren’t in action this evening, they could still move up two places on goal difference if Sheffield United and Scunthorpe were to suffer heavy losses.

The relegation zone is a closed shop thanks to Blackpool sitting this one out, although four different clubs could sit adjacent to the bottom four going into the weekend.