Championship permutations: 14-16 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 six could finish the weekend in the automatic promotion places, with nobody guaranteed a spot there. Newcastle‘s impressive goal difference would allow them to barge past Huddersfield should the Terriers lose to Sheffield Wednesday while the Magpies defeat Brentford.
It’s a big weekend for the teams in mid-table: the four sides from 10th-placed Barnsley down to 13th placed QPR could start next week on either the fringes of the play-off zone or mired deep in the bottom half.
Occupancy of the relegation zone is also in flux, with all three of the incumbents mathematically capable of escaping it if results go their way. However for Rotherham this would require them to hammer high-flying Norwich by a huge margin while Burton did the same at Wigan.