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Championship finale: Playoff finishes and automatic promotion looms but for whom?

All Championship matches, Saturday 12:30

With automatic promotion and playoff spots still up for grabs, fans and neutrals alike are in for a rollercoaster ride as the Championship reaches its culmination this weekend as Betvictor give the chance for free betting on all of Saturday’s early kick-offs.

All the action from England’s second tier will begin simultaneously in a bid to not spoil any surprises prematurely in what will be a spectacle to behold for fans and neutrals alike.

In the highest stakes fixture, Southampton will play hosts to Coventry as they look to secure a second place finish while West Ham face an uphill battle for automatic promotion whe they welcome Hull to Upton Park.

The Hammers are currently two points behind the Saints and would pip the South Coast club to second spot should Southampton lose to Coventry.

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Sam Allardyce’s side also trail Southampton in terms of goal difference by three goals, meaning that the East London outfit will be striving to net four against the Tigers just in case Nigel Adkins’ men run out a draw over relegated Coventry.

West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham are seeking to bounce back into the Premier League after the trio were relegated last season and it would seem likely that one will clinch the honour, having booked three of the four playoff places already.

Cardiff City and Middlesborough are the outside parties looking to crash the big boys’ party and will travel to Crystal Palace and Middlesborough, respectively.

While Boro will be happy with just sealing a sixth placed finish, the Bluebirds can still gain fourth spot should Blackpool and Birmingham falter in their encounters.

That being said, the Welsh outfit still teeter on being ruled out of the promotion race altogether and their first priority will be gaining just a point at Selhurst Park before they even think about greater ambitions.

Malky Mackay’s side have made the last three playoff finishes and will be striving not to break that trend this campaign as they look to join rivals Swansea on the grandest stage of them all.

Birmingham face possibly the toughest test of the top seven, going up against champions Reading at home, however the recent triumph for the Royals could spark complacency at the benefit of the Blues.

Blackpool travel to Millwall as they look to tie down fourth place and with the third best away attack in the league, can have high hopes of doing just that.

However, Ian Holloway’s men have been desperate at defending when away from home this season and can be glad that the Millwall offense doesn’t pose much of a threat.

Whoever gets their just desserts, the scene is set for a day of tears and laughter, joy and jubilation this Saturday when another season of Championship calamity comes to a close.

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