English Championship: Who will join Leeds in English Premier League next season?
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English Championship: Who will join Leeds in English Premier League next season?

Leeds have already booked their spot in next season's English Premier League but there is plenty to play for below Leeds on today's final day of the coronavirus-affected season.

With Marcelo Bielsa's men having secured the first automatic promotion place, attention turns to the battle for second position, currently occupied by West Brom.

The Baggies have stuttered in the last three matches with two draws and a defeat seeing them slip into Leeds' rearview mirrors and almost into the clutches of the chasing Brentford and Fulham.

Automatic promotion

But Brentford's untimely defeat to Stoke off the back of an excellent run gave West Brom breathing space and now a home win over Queens Park Rangers will definitely secure second place and automatic promotion.

However, a West Brom defeat would hand a lifeline to Brentford and even Fulham, with the two chasers facing Barnsley (H) and Wigan (A) respectively today.

Brentford have the best goal difference in the chasing pack and a draw against Barnsley would see them edge West Brom. Interestingly, if Fulham win and the two clubs lose, then the Cottagers will improbably leapfrog both clubs above them and into second place.

Play-off battle

The third promotion spot will be taken by the winner of the play-offs. 

As things stand, Brentford and Fulham go into today's final day in the two leading play-off places with Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City occupying the two final spots.

Of teams below the top six, only Swansea City can mathematically get into the play-offs. They have to beat Reading away and hope Cardiff City lose to Hull City at home.

A defeat for Forest, who host Stoke, coupled with a huge goal difference swing in favour of Swansea, along with a Cardiff draw or win, would see the former European Cup winners slip out of the top six with the Welsh clubs taking advantage.

Forest hopes

For the moment, Forest have a goal difference advantage of five over Swansea, knowing that a point will be enough to keep their hopes of following Leeds' achievement of ending a long Premier League absence alive. 

If there are no changes of position after today's action, Cardiff would face Brentford in the play-off semi-finals and it would be Nottingham Forest against Fulham.

What's clear is the final day will be dramatic with even more intrigue potentially at play off the field.