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Sheffield United head into the final day of the Championship campaign knowing that a win will see them secure their place in the top six, punching their ticket to play-offs.
The Blades managed to come from behind against QPR to run out 3-1 winners at the Kiyan Prince Stadium ensuring they start the last day of the Championship season this weekend in the sixth and final play-off place.
Fulham have already secured promotion back to the top flight, while Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are set to face each other tomorrow night in what could be one of the biggest games in Championship history. Should Forest win, they will leap frog Bournemouth into second place heading into the final game of the season.
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A draw could see Forest go up if they win on the final day of the season against Hull City should Bournemouth lose to Millwall. Huddersfield sit fourth and have sown up their spot in the play-offs, meaning that they, alongside one of Forest and Bournemouth will have their season extended.
Fifth placed Luton are perhaps the story of the season in the Championship this year. Nathan Jones has masterminded a campaign that sees the Hatters sitting in fifth place. They have two games left to play as they take on Fulham tonight. A win against the league leaders will see them wrap up fifth place.
Should they draw, they could still finish outside the top six on goal difference if they lose to Reading in their final game.
Paul Heckingbottom’s Sheffield sit in sixth heading into the final day, but have the tricky task of facing off against a Fulham side that might not have the Championship title wrapped up. It could be disastrous for the Blades should this be the case. Should Fulham lose to Luton and Bournemouth beat Forest, then the Championship title will be decided on the final day.
On the outside looking in, both Middlesbrough and Millwall will be looking to capitalise on any slip ups made by either Sheffield or Luton.
Millwall look the less likely of the two to challenge as their goal difference is worse than the other three sides and they have to face Bournemouth on Saturday.
However, Middlesbrough could sneak into the sixth spot with a win over Preston North End. Sheffield United must beat Fulham to ensure their destiny is in their hands as a draw against the league leaders will open the door for Chris Wilder’s Boro. A win against Preston by three goals or more would see Boro leapfrog Sheffield into sixth should the Blades draw.
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