What’s still possible: Championship, 2 Apr 2017

With Rotherham’s relegation confirmed yesterday and the season fast running out of matches, I thought it was worth dusting off another post from last year which looked at what was still mathematically possible (no matter how unlikely) in each division.

A quick explanation

I’ve built a tool which narrows down how far each club can move based on the maximum number of points everyone has available and then checks for individual matches that limit how far each club can actually move before recalculating the table. I’ve then plugged the results into my existing permutations graphics to show each club’s range of movement.

If you’re not convinced by anything then there’s a handy tool that you can use to manually check what’s possible yourself.

So anyone down to 7th-placed Sheffield Wednesday can technically still win the title and it’s also possible for either of Newcastle and Brighton (but not both) to finish outside the play-offs altogether.

While Preston are one of nine clubs that can still rise as high as third, it’s also mathematically possible for them to be relegated. In fact half of the clubs in the division can still be either promoted or relegated with the right combination of results.

Burton secured a massive win in the fight against relegation yesterday but in theory they can still scrape into the play-offs.

While Wigan are in trouble after another defeat – and are now the only club who can be overtaken by Rotherham – they could still finish this season in the top half of the table with 15 of the 22 clubs above them not mathematically safe from the drop.