Ups, downs and the race for Europe – who can be promoted or relegated in midweek?

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    Manchester City were the first English team to book their place in Europe

    BBC Sport outlines the battles for promotion and relegation – and the race for European qualification – in England and Scotland.

    RECENT PROMOTIONS, RELEGATIONS, TITLES & QUALIFICATIONS

    PREMIER LEAGUE

    Manchester City will win the Premier League title if they beat Tottenham on Saturday, 14 April and Manchester United lose to West Brom the following day.

    City had already clinched Champions League qualification on 12 March.

    The top four teams will qualify for the group stage of next season’s Champions League.

    The fifth-placed team will enter the Europa League at the group stage, as will the FA Cup winners. Because Manchester City have already guaranteed their Champions League place, their Europa League place as EFL Cup winners reverts to the league, so the sixth-placed team will also enter the Europa League.

    Realistically, unless Southampton win the FA Cup, the seventh-placed team will also qualify for the Europa League (as the other three semi-finalists – Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham – look almost certain to finish in the top six). FA Cup runners-up are no longer eligible to enter Europe by virtue of being losing finalists.

    If Arsenal win the Europa League and finish outside the top four, they will qualify for the Champions League, and only two English sides will enter the Europa League as no more than seven clubs from each country can compete in Europe.

    Manchester United are assured of a top-six place, though look likely to qualify for the Champions League. The same goes for Liverpool and Tottenham, who are both virtually assured of finishing in the top six because of goal difference – though one more point will make it absolutely certain.

    The bottom three teams will be relegated to the Championship. Relegation could be confirmed for West Bromwich Albion as early as next weekend if they lose at Manchester United and other results go against them.

    CHAMPIONSHIP

    The top two teams will be promoted to the Premier League, with the next four entering the play-offs. Title rivals Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff are assured of at least a play-off place, with Aston Villa close to joining them.

    Wolves can seal promotion as early as this weekend – a victory over Birmingham at Molineux on Saturday will take them up, although it could be confirmed a day earlier if Fulham fail to beat Brentford. Wolves need four points to clinch the title.

    The bottom three teams will be relegated to League One. Burton will be relegated this weekend if they lose and other results go against them, while Sunderland are also precariously placed.

    LEAGUE ONE

    The top two teams will be promoted to the Championship, with the next four entering the play-offs. Blackburn, Shrewsbury and Wigan are all assured of at least a play-off place.

    The bottom four teams will be relegated to League Two. Bury are 15 points adrift with five games left, and could be relegated this weekend if they lose to Northampton and Oldham beat Gillingham.

    LEAGUE TWO

    The top three teams will be promoted to League One, with the next four entering the play-offs. Title rivals Accrington and Luton are assured of at least a play-off place (with Wycombe close to joining them) – and Accrington can clinch promotion on Saturday, 14 April if they beat Exeter.

    The bottom two teams will be relegated to the National League.

    NATIONAL LEAGUE

    The National League champions will be promoted to League Two, with the next six teams entering the play-offs. Leaders Macclesfield are assured of at least a play-off place, and will be promoted on Saturday if they better Tranmere’s result.

    The fourth and seventh-placed teams will meet in the first round of the play-offs, with the winners facing the second-placed side. Also in the first round, the fifth and sixth-placed teams play off for the right to face the third-placed side in the semi-finals. The two semi-final winners meet in the final, with the winners of that game promoted to the EFL.

    The bottom four teams will be relegated, and replaced by the champions and play-off winners of the National League North and South divisions.

    Chester were the first team in England’s top five divisions to be relegated when they lost 2-0 to Tranmere on 7 April. Guiseley and Torquay can both join them on Saturday if they fail to win and other results go against them.

    SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

    The Premiership splits after the 33rd round of games, with the top six and the bottom six playing the other teams in their ‘half’ for a fourth and final time.

    Celtic require a maximum of three points from their last five games to win the title – a figure which will decrease should Rangers and Aberdeen fail to take maximum points.

    The champions will enter the Champions League at the first qualifying round. The second and third-placed sides will qualify for the Europa League first qualifying round, with the Scottish Cup winners joining at the second qualifying round. Celtic are assured of a European place.

    The bottom side will be relegated to the Scottish Championship, while the 11th-placed side will face the winners of the Championship play-offs over two legs, with the losers condemned to a place in the second tier next season.

    SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP

    The champions will be promoted to the Premiership. This will be St Mirren, unless they lose all their remaining games and Livingston win all theirs.

    St Mirren will clinch the title if they avoid defeat against Livingston on Saturday.

    The third and fourth-placed teams will meet in the first round of the play-offs, with the winners playing the division’s second-placed team. Whoever emerges victorious from that two-legged encounter will face the second bottom side in the Premiership – again on a home and away basis – with a spot in the top flight the prize. Livingston are close to making sure of a play-off place.

    Bottom club Brechin City, without a win all season, had their relegation to League One confirmed on 24 March. The ninth-placed team will enter a play-off with three League One sides – this is looking likely to be Dumbarton.

    SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE

    The champions will be promoted to the Championship, while teams finishing second, third and fourth will enter a play-off with the ninth-placed Championship team.

    The title is between Ayr United and Raith Rovers, who are both assured of at least a play-off place. Ayr will be promoted as champions if they beat Stranraer on Saturday and Raith fail to win (though goal difference means a draw is probably enough for Ayr if Raith lose).

    Alloa and Arbroath are close to securing the other play-off places – which they can do on Saturday if they better Stranraer’s result.

    The bottom club will be relegated to League Two, while the ninth-placed team will enter a play-off with three League Two sides. Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers look likely to fill the bottom two slots – and this can be confirmed on Saturday if they fail to take maximum points, or if Forfar win.

    SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO

    The champions will be promoted to League One, while teams finishing second, third and fourth will enter a play-off with the ninth-placed League One team.

    The title is between Peterhead and Montrose, who are both assured of at least a play-off place. Stirling Albion are close to joining them in the play-offs.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43402150

    The team finishing bottom – looking likely to be Cowdenbeath – will enter a play-off against a candidate club (the winner of a play-off between the Highland and Lowland League champions, or another eligible club nominated by the Scottish Football Association) for the final place in next season’s League Two.

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