ACCRINGTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Accrington Stanley players and staff celebrate after winning the league after the Sky Bet League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Lincoln City at The Crown Ground on April 28, 2018 in Accrington, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Ups and Downs: Breaking Down the Undecided Promotion & Relegation Battles in the Football League

The business end of the season is well and truly upon us. Although fans of the Premier League's top six have had the outcome of their domestic campaign set in stone for weeks, it turns out that there is still a lot of excitement to be had throughout the rest of the Football League.


With just a few games left until the end of the season, teams up and down the country will be battling it out to move up the divisions this month, whilst others are left scrapping to stay in the football league altogether.


So, for those of us who aren't just glory hunters, here's a closer look at what you should be keeping an eye out for before the end of the season.

4. EFL League Two

Automatic promotion from League Two has already been decided this season, with Wycombe Wanderers and Luton Town joining the division's champions, Accrington Stanley, in League One next year.


But a place in the playoffs could still be up for grabs this weekend. 


Exeter City and Notts County are assured of their place in the top seven, but both Coventry and Lincoln could be caught on the final day by eighth placed Mansfield Town, with the final play off spot potentially being decided on goal difference.


At the other end of the table, Chesterfield's time in the football league has already come to an end. 


And with just one relegation spot left, Morecambe are in the driving seat to avoid the drop, but defeat on the final day could allow Barnet to leapfrog the Shrimps and secure their survival this season if they beat relegated Chesterfield. 

3. EFL League One

League One. Welcome to the only professional division in England where the title is still up for grabs heading into the final day.


The two teams battling it out at the top of the table are Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, with both sides already sure of automatic promotion back to the Championship.


Shrewsbury Town, Rotherham United and Scunthorpe will all take part in the play offs this season, while sixth-placed Charlton Athletic could only miss out with a massive defeat to Rochdale this weekend.


And Charlton's hosts will not need any extra motivation this week as they are the only team left in League One who can still avoid the drop. But the Dale will need Oldham Athletic to drop points against Northampton Town this weekend for their dream to become a reality.


Now technically Northampton aren't relegated, but they would have to set a world record scoreline to stand any chance of survival due to their goal difference. The two teams who have already been condemned to relegation are MK Dons and Bury.

2. EFL Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers are thoroughly deserved of a place in the Premier League next season - they do have a Europa League quality squad after all don't they Jorge Mendes.


Cardiff City and Fulham are still battling it out for that final automatic promotion spot, but the Bluebirds would have to drop points against Reading to open up a gap for the Cottagers to take advantage of in their trip to Birmingham.


One of Fulham or Cardiff will join Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the play off places this weekend, while sixth-placed Derby County could miss out on promotion yet again. 


Both Preston North End and Millwall are within touching distance on the final matchday, but avoiding defeat against Barnsley should be enough for the Rams to book their place in the play offs.


Barnsley sit just above the drop zone, level on points with Burton Albion, and they will be tough opponents this weekend as the Tykes look to avoid relegation. Birmingham and Reading are also in danger of going down this season, while Bolton Wanderers need a number of results to go their way to stay up.


But perhaps the biggest story of the season in the Championship is that of Sunderland, who will play League One football next season after suffering back to back relegations.

1. Premier League

The battle to avoid the drop in the Premier League is well and truly under way, with as many as 10 teams still in danger of going down this season.


Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford all currently sit on 38 points with two games remaining for each club, while Brighton sit just one point behind the struggling trio with an extra game to spare.


West Ham and Huddersfield have both averaged exactly one point a game this season after 35 matches, while Swansea are just above the drop zone on 33 points. The first relegation spot is currently occupied by Southampton, who still have to face Swansea this season.


But it is now looking increasingly likely that Stoke City will drop out of the Premier League this season, with West Brom's fate all but confirmed despite their good run of form under new manager Darren Moore.


Interestingly, the leading bookmakers have tipped the bottom three to remain as it is in the fight for survival. Huddersfield are only just expected to retain their Premier League status, with the Terriers currently sitting on near identical odds to Swansea.