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Which EFL teams could be promoted this weekend?

It's not yet the final weekend, but today could go some way to sort out which EFL teams could be promoted this season.

Fans will undoubtedly be checking other results as the matches reach their conclusions, desperately trying to calculate the various permutations as the final scores come in.

But fear not, we have you covered with all the potential outcomes in this fascinating weekend of EFL action.

Which EFL teams could be promoted this weekend – Championship

The Championship has been ridiculously close this season, with recently relegated Leeds, Southampton and Leicester fighting it out to reach the Premier League alongside Ipswich.

It's been clear that these sides have been feeling the pressure, as there have been some recent unexpected defeats after a season played at an extremely high level.

The table is so tight that none of these four sides could secure automatic promotion this weekend, and so the race for the top three spots will rumble on for another week.

In terms of the playoffs, any team down to twelfth could end up in places four to seven by the end of the campaign.

Rotherham have already been relegated and condemned to League One after a truly dismal campaign.

Which EFL teams could be promoted this weekend – League One

A dominant Portsmouth could see their supporters celebrating promotion from League One as well as being crowned champions later today. A win this weekend against Bolton Wanderers will secure the top spot for a side that have proven they have what it takes to compete in the Championship in 2024/25.

“There are probably two things, making sure in some way we treat it as just another game but also don’t ignore the fact that if we win, we will be up,” Portsmouth boss John Mousinho told the Bolton News. “So, it’s getting the right balance between the two, but there’s no point in downplaying it ridiculously.

“The times I’ve been involved in play-off finals I’ve always thought it better to acknowledge the gravity of the game. This is slightly different, because we’ve obviously got three games after Bolton but if we can get the job done it would be fantastic.”

Should Portsmouth draw with Bolton at the Toughsheet Community Stadium, they will need Derby County to lose or draw in their game against Leyton Orient.

If Pompey lose, they could still be promoted if both Derby and Peterborough United lose.

Derby County, Bolton Wanderers, Peterborough United and Barnsley are all still in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot, but nothing will be decided this weekend, while any of the top ten sides could clinch a play-off berth.

Carlisle United go straight back down to League Two after earning promotion via the playoffs last season.

Which EFL teams could be promoted this weekend – League Two

Stockport County need just one point to clinch automatic promotion to League One in their game versus Morecambe at Edgeley Park, however if they lose and MK Dons fail to win their game versus Mansfield, the Hatters will still achieve their goal.

There is a chance that Stockport fans could also be celebrating the title with a win if both Mansfield and Wrexham lose their games.

Mansfield have a tough fixture against fellow promotion chasers MK Dons and Wrexham face relegation battlers Forest Green in front of their fans at the Racecourse Ground.

The Welshmen could clinch promotion themselves if they win and both MK Dons and Barrow drop points in their fixtures.

Barrow and Crawley Town could technically still finish in the automatic promotion spots, but a playoff berth is much more likely for them. In fact, a further nine sides could still finish in the League Two playoff places.

No side could be confirmed as relegated this weekend with Forest Green, Colchester and Sutton in the drop zone and Grimsby just four points above them, albeit with a game in hand.

Chloe Digby

An experienced freelance football writer, editor and podcaster, Chloe has worked for Forbes, the Guardian, the BBC, Mundial Magazine, FourFourTwo Magazine the iPaper, OneFootball, Tortoise Media and many more. Chloe has been a regular at Stockport County since 1995 and also follows Fiorentina. She is an expert on fan culture, having traveled all over England and Italy watching football.

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