Title race, top four, promotion and relegation – what's still at stake?

Niall McVeigh on 21 April 2019

The title race

Manchester City (92) need to win their last two games to retain the title after beating Burnley, with the final matches coming against Leicester and Brighton. The finish line is in sight after 12 straight league wins – but Liverpool (91) are still poised to pounce on any slip-up.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Man City 36 68 92
2 Liverpool 36 64 91
3 Tottenham Hotspur 36 29 70
4 Chelsea 36 21 68
5 Arsenal 36 20 66

Manchester City fixtures
6 May, 8pm Leicester (H)
12 May, 3pm Brighton (A)

Liverpool fixtures
4 May, 7.45pm Newcastle (A)
12 May, 3pm Wolves (H)

The top-four battle

Tottenham (70pts) still lead the way in third after a weekend in which none of the Champions League chasers managed to win. Chelsea (68pts) hold a two-point advantage over Arsenal (66pts) after earning a draw at Manchester United (65pts).

The three London clubs are all in European semi-finals. A maximum of five English clubs can qualify for the Champions League, so if (for example) Spurs and Chelsea win European trophies but finish fifth and sixth, then the fourth-placed side would drop into the Europa League.

Tottenham fixtures: 4 May Bournemouth (A); 12 May Everton (H)

Arsenal: 5 May Brighton (H); 12 May Burnley (A)

Chelsea: 5 May Watford (H); 12 May Leicester (A)

Manchester United: 5 May Huddersfield (A); 12 May Cardiff (H)

Chasing the Europa League

Watford can claim the third Europa League spot by winning the FA Cup – but the home defeat to Wolves has put their opponents in pole position for seventh. Everton and Leicester could also still grab a place in Europe for next season.

Wolves (54pts) Fulham (H), Liverpool (A).
Leicester (51pts) Man City (A), Chelsea (H).
Everton (50pts) Burnley (H), Tottenham (A).
Watford (50pts) Chelsea (A), West Ham (H).

Cardiff need to win their last two games to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
Cardiff need to win their last two games to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Fighting the drop

Fulham and Huddersfield are already relegated, with Cardiff (31pts) in deep trouble after losing at Fulham. Brighton (35) are four points clear with a vastly superior goal difference after their home draw against Newcastle.

Cardiff fixtures: 4 May Crystal Palace (H); 12 May Man Utd (A)
Brighton: 5 May Arsenal (A); 12 May Man City (H)


Norwich sealed promotion with victory over Blackburn and Sheffield United will join them in the Premier League after Leeds could only draw with Aston Villa. Norwich host Villa on the final day needing a point to secure the title. If they lose, the Blades can grab the trophy with a win at Stoke.

Norwich celebrate promotion to the Premier League.
Norwich celebrate promotion to the Premier League. Photograph: JASONPIX/REX/Shutterstock

West Brom will join Leeds and Villa in the play-offs, with Derby (71pts) in pole position to join them after drawing at Swansea. Middlesbrough (70) and Bristol City (69) are still in contention. Derby host West Brom, Boro visit Rotherham and the Robins travel to Hull on the final day.

Relegated: Rotherham, Bolton, Ipswich
Rotherham’s fate was sealed by their 2-1 defeat to West Brom, and they will join Bolton and Ipswich in the third tier next season.

League One

Luton and Barnsley have sealed automatic promotion after Portsmouth and Sunderland both lost on Tuesday. Luton lead the title race on goal difference; the Hatters host Oxford and Barnsley visit Bristol Rovers on the final day.

Pos Team P GD Pts
1 Luton 45 46 91
2 Barnsley 45 42 91
3 Portsmouth 45 32 87
4 Sunderland 45 34 85
5 Charlton 45 29 85

Pompey and Sunderland are heading for the playoffs with Charlton, who could still finish third. Doncaster (70pts) and Peterborough (69) are still battling for sixth after Posh won at Fratton Park. Doncaster host Coventry and Peterborough play Burton in their remaining games.

Bradford City are down but Walsall (46pts) kept their hopes alive with a win over Peterborough. Scunthorpe (46) and Plymouth (47) are also in the drop zone, but Southend (47) and Wimbledon (49) can still be caught – and Plymouth host Scunthorpe on the final day.

League Two and beyond

Champions: Lincoln City

Automatic promotion: Bury are going up after earning a draw at Tranmere, with Mansfield and MK Dons meeting at stadium:mk on the final day in an automatic promotion decider. A draw would be enough for the visitors, who have a better goal difference.

Forest Green and Tranmere are in the play-offs, with Newport (70pts) climbing from 11th into seventh with victory over Oldham. Exeter (69), Colchester, Carlisle and Stevenage (all 67) are all still in the play-off hunt – and all have a superior goal difference to Newport, who visit Morecambe in their last game.

Pos Team P GD Pts
20 Port Vale 45 -16 48
21 Cambridge Utd 45 -26 46
22 Macclesfield 45 -26 43
23 Notts County 45 -34 41
24 Yeovil 45 -25 39

Yeovil have dropped out of the Football League after drawing with Northampton. Macclesfield (43pts) and Notts County (41) both won to take their battle to the final day. Macclesfield host Cambridge and Notts County go to Swindon. A draw should be enough for Sol Campbell’s side.

Leyton Orient secured their return to the Football League with a point at home to Braintree on the final day. Salford, Solihull Moors, Wrexham, AFC Fylde, Harrogate and Eastleigh will contest the play-offs.

Stockport County have been promoted from the National League North as champions, while Torquay have won the National League South.


Arsenal sealed their first title since 2012 with victory over Brighton. Manchester City must settle for second and a Champions League place, with Birmingham and Chelsea battling for third place.

Arsenal have won the WSL after beating Brighton 4-0 at the Amex Stadium.
Arsenal have won the WSL after beating Brighton 4-0 at the Amex Stadium. Photograph: Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images

Yeovil have been relegated, with Manchester United coming up as Championship winners. Tottenham have secured second place and automatic promotion after earning a draw at Aston Villa.


Celtic are 12 clear at the top of the Premiership and need one more point to claim the title, with Rangers set for second and a place in Europe. Aberdeen lead Kilmarnock by three points in the battle for third. At the bottom, Dundee are seven points adrift.

Ross County have sealed the Championship title, with Dundee United, Ayr and Inverness set for the play-offs alongside St Mirren or Hamilton from the top flight. Falkirk are three points adrift of Alloa in the race to avoid the drop.

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Arbroath have sealed the League One title, with Forfar, Raith and Montrose in the play-offs. Brechin host Stenhousemuir in a final-day relegation decider. In League Two, Peterhead are two points clear of Clyde in the battle to go up, with Edinburgh City and Annan in the playoffs. Berwick Rangers will face a play-off with East Kilbride or Cove Rangers to save their place in the league.

All information correct as of Tuesday 30 April

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