With Blackpool already relegated from the Championship to League 1, two unwanted positions in the relegation zone remain.
As of Wednesday night, the battle to avoid the drop was seen as a melee between Millwall and Rotherham. Wigan sat in 23rd position 5 points from safety needed to win both remaining games and get some other favourable results to stay up.
The melee was tipped for Rotherham to survive, 4 points from danger, 3 games remaining to Millwall’s 2, win their game in hand and their championship status is secure, with League 1 waiting for Millwall and Wigan for the start of next season.
But football is a funny old game and nothing is a surprise when it comes to the championship. The Millers have been deducted 3 points for fielding and ineligible player. Farrend Rawson on a month’s youth loan from Derby County was fielded in the game against Brighton on April 6th, a day after the 18 year old’s loan had expired.
The Yorkshire club have also been fined £30,000 but they intend to appeal the decision before the May 1st deadline. A day before the final fixtures of the season. Rotherham now sit on 41 points and the deduction has been a boost for Millwall and Wigan who are now only 1 and 2 points from safety respectively. Although Rotherham still have the advantage with a game in hand over both clubs.
Rotherham have two home games remaining against promotion chasing Norwich and their game in hand is against Reading. They play Leeds away from home on the last day of the season. Steve Evans side have not beaten Norwich at home in the league since 1981. Their game in hand seems like a promising one with only loss against Reading at home since 1992. Their last game of the season could be an important one but they have not beaten Leeds away from home in the league since 1962. But have beaten them in 4 of their last 5 meetings, at 3 different stadiums, The New York Stadium, The Don Valley Stadium and Millmoor.
Millwall host Derby at home and Wolves away from home. Millwall will be confident in themselves in this fixture only losing once at home in the league to Derby since 2002. Away to Wolves is a similar story having only lost once away to Wolves in the league since 2003.
Wigan play host to Wolves and away to Brentford. The 2012 FA Cup winners have only lost once at home to Wolves in the league in their half a dozen meetings at the DW so survival is still a strong possibility. Wigan fans will be even more optimistic about their final game of the campaign having not lost away to The B’s since 1991 and have only lost twice in the last thirteen meetings.