When are the Football League play-off semi-finals 2017? Dates confirmed for EFL Championship, League One and League Two crunch ties

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The dates have been confirmed for season finale

THE Football League is about to reach its climax.

With just a handful of games still to play everything is up for grabs – with more than half a dozen teams in each of the three tiers still in with a chance of promotion.

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Reading lost 7-1 at the weekend – but could be BANNED from competing in the play-offs and winning promotion

Here’s everything you need to know about the play-offs.


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When are the Championship play-off semi-finals?

The dates for the play-off semi-finals have been confirmed.

The first legs will be played on the weekend of the 13th May with the second legs played the following midweek.

In previous years, the EFL have announced the specific dates that 3rd will play 6th and 4th will play 5th.

But the police have the final say on which teams will play on which date, so the league have this year avoided allocating matches in advance based on league position.

Who will be in the Championship play-offs?

Brighton and Newcastle are both guaranteed spots in the play-offs but with a 10-point gap from second to third both teams are almost guaranteed automatic promotion.

Below the top two, however, it is all to play for.

Huddersfield, Reading, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday currently sit in the play-off positions, but with five games left, even Cardiff City – currently 14th – are not mathematically out of it if they win all of their games and other results go their way.

Tom Ince scored a last-minute winner at Birmingham to keep Derby firmly in the hunt

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Tom Ince scored a last-minute winner at Birmingham to keep Derby firmly in the hunt

Derby County have hit some form at the right time, while Aston Villa are still regretting their terrible start to the season.

The Championship play-offs have been thrown into further turmoil with the proposed takeover of Reading.

The Royals could be blocked from promotion to the Prem – but the EFL have confirmed that no rule is currently in place about who would replace them in the play-offs if they are blocked.

When are the League One play-offs?

The League One play-off semi-finals get underway from Thursday 4 May, with the final on Saturday May 20.

Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town have won just one of their last five matches

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Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town have won just one of their last five matches

Who will be in the League One play-offs?

Sheffield United are already promoted and Bolton Wanders have a guaranteed place in the play-offs.

Like the Championship, the race is tight with MK Dons down in 12th having a slim chance of making it.

Fleetwood Town, currently third, have won just one in five and are slipping while teams like Bradford and Bristol Rovers continue to make a late push.

Southend United had seemed like a lock a couple of weeks ago after four wins in a row but have now lost two consecutive games to slip into seventh.

When are the League Two play-offs?

The League Two play-off semi-finals take from Sunday May 14, with the final on Sunday May 28.

Who will be in the League Two play-offs?

Doncaster Rovers have already been promoted and Plymouth Argyle have been guaranteed at least a place in the play-offs.

Portsmouth, in the third automatic promotion spot, are eight points clear of Luton Town in fourth.

With three runaway teams in the division, teams all the way to Barnet in 16th could mathematically end up in a play-off spot.

None of the teams in the top half have been particularly good in recent weeks, bar Accrington Stanley who are unbeaten in 10 but still need to make up another four points.

Luton have won two in a row but the other play-off teams, Stevenage, Exeter City and Carlisle United, all lost at the weekend, while Blackpool have lost two in a row.

Cambridge United have won three in five to put pressure on those above them.



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