League 1 permutations: 1 Oct 2016
Here are the highest and lowest possible positions that each League 1 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.
Outside the top seven the table is still wide open after ten rounds of matches. Gillingham could find themselves anywhere from 3rd to 16th while Peterborough and Bristol Rovers below them could finish the weekend either on the cusp of of the play-off zone or on the brink of dropping into the relegation places.
Only the current bottom three of Shrewsbury, Oldham and Coventry are incapable of starting next week in the top half of the table, with the Sky Blues guaranteed to remain in the relegation zone for at least another week.
However any three of the 13 clubs immediately above them could be sitting in the bottom four with them, with only three points separating Chesterfield in 11th from Oldham in 23rd.