Championship permutations: 1 Oct 2016
Here are the highest and lowest possible positions that each Championship club can occupy after this weekend’s fixtures. I’ve drawn lines under the automatic promotion and play-off spots, mid-table and the last spot above the relegation zone on both “axes” for ease of reference.
These graphics are explained here, but in a nutshell I crunch through every possible combination of results to work out how far it’s mathematically possible for each club to rise and fall.
Any of the current top nine could finish the weekend in one of the automatic promotion places, while anyone in the top half could end up in the play-off zone. It’s similarly close at the bottom where there are seven potential candidates for the three relegation spots, including Aston Villa.
Huddersfield are the only club guaranteed to remain in the top six for now – they can only drop as low as 3rd – while most of its other occupants could fall back into mid-table.
Nobody is certain of remaining in the bottom three, although Rotherham would need to beat Newcastle even to get off the bottom of the table.