League 1 permutations: final day

Here are the highest and lowest possible positions that each League 1 club can occupy after this season’s final round of matches. 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 2016-05-07

Apart from the bottom two, no club is sure of their final league position going into the final round of matches.

Walsall‘s win on Monday means that they can still deny Burton a second successive promotion – at least temporarily – if they win at Port Vale and the Brewers lose at Doncaster.

While Rovers are mathematically capable of escaping the drop, the magnitude of the win they’d need (due to their inferior goal difference) means that their players will probably be resigned to their fate.

Above them, Blackpool can still survive at Fleetwood‘s expense but the Cod Army’s far better goal difference means that a draw at home to relegated Crewe would be enough to keep them safe.

The final play-off place is still up for grabs, with Barnsley currently edging Scunthorpe on goal difference with Gillingham sitting just two points behind them. The former two both have tough away games to navigate while the Gills are at home, albeit also to strong opposition.

Until two weeks ago, Gillingham had sat inside the play-off zone for the entire season, but they could drop as low as 11th if things don’t go their way. However their goal difference should prevent them from falling lower than ninth.