The Championship relegation battle is going to the wire, following Rotherham United’s 0-0 draw against Luton Town yesterday evening.
Ahead of Saturday’s 2020/21 Championship season finale, nobody is confirmed to be playing League One football next season.
Wycombe Wanderers late-season revival would require the biggest miracle in football history, so they look set for League One. However, Rotherham United, Derby County, and Sheffield Wednesday can still smell survival.
The Championship Relegation Picture
- Derby County – 43 points (GD -22)
- Rotherham United – 41 points (GD -16)
- Sheffield Wednesday – 40 points (GD -21)
- Wycombe Wanderers – 40 points (GD -33)
Fixtures – Saturday 8th May 12:30pm
Cardiff City vs Rotherham United
Derby County vs Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham have suffered 13 defeats in their last 19 matches, collecting only 12 points in the process. Paul Warne’s side has struggled with Covid-19 issues all season and failed to take advantage of having games in hand during a heavy fixture schedule.
They head into Saturday into requiring a win away at Cardiff City to have any chance of survival. Although, they also require a favour from South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, as if Derby win their efforts would still not be enough to survive.
They will be heavily boosted by the return of Matt Crooks, who has been a star player for the Millers all season.
Sheffield Wednesday, like Rotherham, know anything short of a win will see them relegated to League One. However, Darren Moore’s sides hopes are boosted because they face fellow relegation fighters Derby County on the final day.
Wednesday fans will be adopting Cardiff City as a second team, as they know a Rotherham United win would relegate them regardless. Arguably the biggest frustration in a difficult season will be the six-point deduction at the start of the campaign, but they have had ample opportunities to get themselves out of trouble.
The biggest issue for the Owls if that their away form is the worst is the Championship, having picked up just 14 points away from Hillsborough all campaign. They need the experienced heads in the dressing room to shine at Pride Park.
Six straight defeats and only one win in 14 matches has left Wayne Rooney’s Rams requiring a result on the final day to secure survival. Derby County have been plagued by injuries all campaign, but that cannot be used as an excuse for naive defending.
The Midlands side have led their last two fixtures but ended up on the losing side. If they lose to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, then regardless of Rotherham’s result they will be relegated on goal difference.
Pride Park had been a place of home comforts for the Rams for many years. However, this season they have only collected 24 points on their own patch, the 21st worst record in the league. They need the likes of Colin Kazim-Richards and Tom Lawrence to pull them out of trouble on the last day.
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