Championship Final Day: What could happen this weekend?

Birmingham City end their season with a home game with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday lunchtime.

The automatic promotion and relegation issues have all been resolved - but there is still plenty of intrigue in the final day of the Championship season.

Fulham were officially promoted when they claimed a 3-0 win against Preston North End and they secured the title when they romped to a 7-0 win against Luton Town on Monday night.

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They will be joined in next season’s Premier League by Bournemouth after Scott Parker’s side battled to a 1-0 win against promotion rivals Nottingham Forest on Tuesday thanks to a Kieffer Moore goal seven minutes from time.

At the other end of the table, Barnsley and Peterborough United will spend next season in League One.

And they will be joined by Wayne Rooney’s Derby County after their brave battle against relegation came to an ultimately unsuccessful end.

Wayne Rooney's side would be safe in mid-table if it wasn't for their two points deductions

What could happen on the final day?

That all means the only issue that will be resolved on the final day of the season is which clubs secure the final two play-off places.

Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town have wrapped up third and fourth place but both clubs will now face a wait to discover who they will face in the play-off semi-finals.

Forest head into the final weekend in third after a late-season charge for automatic promotion came to an unsuccessful end after that defeat at Bournemouth - and they will officially claim third place on Saturday if their result at Hull City is better than that of Huddersfield in their home game with Bristol City.

Four clubs remain in contention for the final two play-off spots as an eventful campaign reaches its climax.

Sheffield United and Luton Town are in pole position going into the final weekend of the season as they prepare for respective home games against champions Fulham and Reading.

Sheffield United are chasing a place in the Championship play-offs: David Klein / Sportimage

Middlesbrough and Millwall are sat just outside of the top six and they are requiring slip-ups from the clubs above them if they are to sneak into a play-off place.

Boro travel to Preston North End on Saturday knowing they need a win and either Luton and Sheffield United to drop points to move into the play-off places.

There is also the complicating factor of goal difference and that could come into play with a Boro win and a draw for either or both of the aforementioned clubs.

Millwall are the other club that still hold aspirations of a play-off place - although they require a number of factors to fall in their favour this Saturday.

First and foremost, they must secure all three points from their visit to already-promoted Bournemouth to keep their hopes alive.

But even a win over the Cherries may not be enough if Sheffield United, Luton and Middlesbrough avoid defeat in their own final day fixtures.

There is still plenty to play for as all four clubs look to extend their season and secure a place in the end-of-season lottery that is the play-offs.

Final day fixtures (all 12.30pm kick-offs)

AFC Bournemouth v Millwall

Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

Derby County v Cardiff City

Huddersfield Town v Bristol City

Hull City v Nottingham Forest

Luton Town v Reading

Peterborough United v Blackpool

Preston North End v Middlesbrough

Sheffield United v Fulham

Stoke City v Coventry City

Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers

West Bromwich Albion v Barnsley

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