EFL round-up: Bournemouth almost promoted, Wigan champions, Exeter top

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Nottingham Forest thrashed Swansea 5-1 but remain three points behind Bournemouth (Photo: Getty)

With the football season coming to a close, the race for promotion and the fight for survival up and down the English Football League is getting increasingly more tense.

League One concluded today, whilst this weekend marks the penultimate round of the Championship and League Two, so here’s everything you need to know:

Championship: Bournemouth vs Forest going to the wire

Fulham’s immediate return to the Premier League was already confirmed earlier in April and they will almost certainly be crowned Championship champions if they avoid defeat to Luton Town on Monday evening.

Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are set to battle it out for the second automatic promotion place after each side claimed impressive wins over Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City respectively.

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Dominic Solanke was on target again (Picture: Getty)

The two sides play each other on Tuesday night and unless the Cherries claim victory it will all come down to the last weekend of the season.

Huddersfield Town have confirmed their place in the play-offs already and will be joined by Luton if the Hatters can beat the Cottagers.

The final play-off spot is currently occupied by Sheffield United, with Middlesbrough and Millwall still in with a shout of snatching it.

Down the other end of the table, Derby County, Peterborough United and Barnsley have already been relegated to League One.

Wigan Athletic are back in the Championship after a two year absence (Photo: Getty)

League One: Wigan win but Dons go down

Wigan Athletic are returning to the second tier in style after sealing the League One title with a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury Town.

They will be joined by Rotherham United whose 2-0 victory over Gillingham sealed automatic promotion but also relegated the Gills to League Two

10-man Plymouth Argyle dropped out of the play-off places after getting thrashed 5-0 by third-placed MK Dons, who will now face Wycombe Wanderers after the Chairboys took Plymouth’s place after a late win over Burton Albion.

Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland will contest the other play-off tie after finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Crewe Alexandra’s relegation was already long confirmed, and they will be joined in the fourth-tier next season by Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers, and AFC Wimbledon, the first time the Dons have ever been relegated.

Exeter City went top of League Two after a draw with promotion seeking Northampton Town (Photo: Getty)

League Two: Play-off battle wide open

A draw at Northampton Town was enough for Exeter City to move top of the League Two table, just a point ahead of Forest Green Rovers who lost 3-1 to Harrogate Town.

Both sides have already been promoted, but the final automatic spot is wide open, with Northampton, Bristol Rovers, Port Vale, Mansfield Town and Swindon Town all separated by just three points.

Just outside the play-offs, Sutton United, Tranmere Rovers and Salford City are still dreaming of promotion.

All this is subject to change however, with Port Vale, Mansfield and Salford all set to play on Monday ahead of the last day of games next Saturday.

Meanwhile, Oldham Athletic and Scunthorpe United’s relegation to non-league was already confirmed, with the former’s 116-year stay in the Football League coming to an end.


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