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Football League promotion and relegation: all you need to know on which teams are affected today

Brighton are on the verge of sealing promotion to the Premier League Photo: PA

A long 2016/17 season is drawing to a close in the Football League, which means several teams are hoping to seal their dream of promotion—or could face the nightmare of relegation.

Easter Monday's games in the Championship, League One and League Two offer a host of fixtures which could affect those going up as well as those hoping not to go down; here's a run-down of every game which could have a definitive bearing on the situation in each league.


Brighton could be all-but-confirmed as sealing promotion to the Premier League if they beat Wigan Athletic; the Seagulls would move to 92 points with victory, 15 clear of third-placed Huddersfield who have five matches to play and with a vastly superior goal difference.

Brighton might be celebrating an awful lot more this evening Credit: PA

Huddersfield themselves play at Derby County later this evening, but even if Brighton don't win, they'll still seal a top-two finish if their own result is better than Huddersfield's.

Meanwhile, if Huddersfield win and Fulham lose to Aston Villa, the Terriers will be guaranteed of at least a play-off place.

It's not all about Brighton though, as Wigan badly need a positive result to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop, sitting five points from safety with four to play.

Just outside the relegation zone, Birmingham (19th) host Burton (21st) in a match which could push one or the other away from danger.

League One

The big game in the third tier sees Fleetwood host Millwall, third vs. sixth, with the hosts still hoping to catch Bolton for an automatic promotion place.

Fleetwood are looking to be promoted to the Championship Credit: PA

A win for Fleetwood would see them guaranteed a play-off spot if Southend (7th) fail to beat MK Dons.

At the opposite end of the table, Chesterfield must win every one of their remaining games to have a shot of staying up, but their tough task sees them away to fifth-placed Scunthorpe. Chesterfield will be relegated today if they fail to win, or if Bury win a point at Bolton on Tuesday.

League Two

Plymouth Argyle will guarantee themselves promotion to League One if they take a point or better at home to Newport, or if Luton (4th) do not beat Mansfield (10th), who themselves are only two points outside the play-off spots in a congested top half.

Newport (23rd) are in the relegation zone by a single point, but it's Leyton Orient (24th) who are in danger of going down today.

Ten points adrift, their demise will be confirmed if Orient do not win at home to Hartlepool (22nd) in a vital clash at the wrong end of the table.