Promotion & Relegation Watch – League Two – Version 3

Note: With yet another international break at the top of English football, we have decided to take a look at the promotion and relegation picture in the top four leagues in England. You can find the Premier League version here, the Championship version here, and the League One version here.

Like League One, League Two is not participating in the international break this week, with most of the teams in action this weekend (Yeovil Town and Lincoln City has been postponed until later in the season due to international call-ups). Only two clubs have yet to play 17 matches on the season, and all the clubs have played at least five matches since the last time we looked at these standings.

As a reminder, in League Two, the top three teams are automatically promoted to League One, with the fourth- through seventh-place teams competing for promotion via a playoff. After the 2017-2018 season, Accrington Stanley (1st), Luton Town (2nd), Wycombe Wanderers (3rd) and Coventry City (playoff winner) earned promotion.

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – League One – Version 3

Note: With yet another international break at the top of English football, we have decided to take a look at the promotion and relegation picture in the top four leagues in England. You can find the Premier League version here and the Championship version here.

Most of the clubs in League One have played five times since our last look at the standings – and have played 17 matches total – so it seems appropriate to take another look at how things are shaking out. As a reminder, the top two clubs are automatically promoted to the Championship, with the third- through sixth-place teams competing for promotion via a playoff. Last season, Wigan Athletic (1st), Bolton Wanderers (2nd), and Rotherham United (playoff winner) earned promotion.

The top of the league table currently looks like this:

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Portsmouth maintains their three point lead over the second place club, though now that club is Sunderland, one of the four clubs in the league that has only played 16 matches to this point. Portsmouth hasn’t lost in five matches to reach this point (3-2-0), but Sunderland is currently working on an eight game unbeaten streak since their lone loss on the season (6-2-0). Sunderland was one of the three clubs relegated from the Championship last season, so they are hoping for a quick bounce back up after this season, while Portsmouth is looking to improve on their 8th place finish last season. Both are currently situated to do so, and with Portsmouth not playing again until 24 November, Sunderland has a chance to challenge them for first.

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – Championship – Version 3

Note: The plan early in the season is to update these standings about every five weeks or so until much later in the season. We’ll try to highlight the important game that most impact the promotion and relegation zones in these pieces, but also take a look at how teams got to that point in … Read morePromotion & Relegation Watch – Championship – Version 3

Champions & Relegation Watch – Premier League – Version 2

Note: This is the second version of our Premier League Champions and Relegation Watch this season (check out the first version here). Through the first half of the season, we’ll update this report every other month or so, or when there is a break from league play.

We have reached another international break, so instead of publishing updated Power Rankings in the Premier League, we figured it was time to see how the league table is currently shaking out and take a look at who is in position to qualify for European competition next year, as well as who might be heading down to the Championship after the season.

As a reminder, the top four clubs in the Premier League qualify for the Group Stage of Champions League, while the fifth place team does the same in Europa League. These competitions are great for worldwide exposure – not to mention the prize money – but it’s also for bragging rights across Europe. No English club has won the Champions League since Chelsea did so back in 2012, though we are only two seasons removed from Manchester City claiming the last English Europa League title.

League placement is important for clubs beyond the top five as well. Last season, due to cup winners qualifying for continental competition based on league position, England’s final two Europa League spots went to the next highest finishers in the league, with Arsenal (6th place) and Burnley (7th) making it into the tournament.

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – League Two – Version 2

Note: The plan early in the season is to update these standings about every five weeks or so until much later in the season. We’ll try to highlight the important game that most impact the promotion and relegation zones in these pieces, but also take a look at how teams got to that point in the table.
We are now a little over 25% into the League Two season, so here’s our second look at who would be moving up – and down – if the season were to end today. There have been some slight changes from when we did this the first time, but a lot of those clubs that got out to a fast start last time remain near the top of the table.
In League Two, the top three teams are automatically promoted to League One, with the fourth- through seventh-place teams competing for promotion via a playoff. As a reminder, after the 2017-2018 season, Accrington Stanley (1st), Luton Town (2nd), Wycombe Wanderers (3rd) and Coventry City (playoff winner) earned promotion.
The top of the league table currently looks like this:League Two Promotion 20181010

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – League One – Version 2

Note: The plan early in the season is to update these standings about every five weeks or so until much later in the season. We’ll try to highlight the important game that most impact the promotion and relegation zones in these pieces, but also take a look at how teams got to that point in the table.
With a break in the top leagues in English football this week, we figure it was time again to take a look at the promotion and relegation standings in the top four leagues in England. Though there isn’t a break this week in League One or League Two, it still seems like a good time to update these standings and take a look at how things have changed since our first look a couple of months ago. We are more than a quarter of the way through the season in most leagues, so now is a good as time as any to update these standings.
In League One, the top two teams are automatically promoted to the Championship, with the third- through sixth-place teams competing for promotion via a playoff. As a reminder, after the last season season, Wigan Athletic (1st), Bolton Wanderers (2nd), and Rotherham United (playoff winner) earned promotion.
The top of the league table currently looks like this:League One Promotion 20181010

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