Who is for promotion?

Last updated : 25 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

It seemed a couple of weeks ago that Manchester City and Wolves were finally set to take the top two spots and win the automatic promotion places but all of a sudden there has been a stutter and third placed West Brom are back in there with a shout. It is very unlikely that any other side could break into the top two.

Less than a couple of weeks ago I thought that the only club currently below the play off positions with any real hope of getting into them was Birmingham but I never took into account that Millwall, Coventry and ourselves would do all we could to help them by dropping points all too regularly.

In fact Millwall have now lost all their last four league games just as they looked to be almost certainties for a top six finish. It has all left the door open for the likes of Preston, Norwich and Crystal Palace. Whatever happens there is no doubt that Coventry and Palace will have major parts to play. Coventry still have to play West Brom, Preston, Millwall and the Clarets and Palace have games against Norwich, Birmingham, Preston and West Brom.

I do still think that the top six will come from the current top seven clubs and I will now hedge my best and suggest the two automatic places will be taken by two of the top three. In fact if we, and we are fourth, won all our remaining games I don't think it would win us an automatic spot.

The remaining games for each of the top ten clubs are listed below:

Manchester City

30th March

Nottingham Forest

h

1st April

Wolverhampton Wanderers

a

6th April

Barnsley

h

13th April

Gillingham

a

21st April

Portsmouth

h

Wolverhampton Wanderers

30th March

Burnley

a

1st April

Manchester City

h

5th April

Millwall

a

13th April

Wimbledon

h

21st April

Sheffield Wednesday

a

West Bromwich Albion

26th March

Crewe Alexandra

h

30th March

Barnsley

h

1st April

Coventry City

a

7th April

Rotherham United

h

13th April

Bradford City

a

21st April

Crystal Palace

h

Burnley

30th March

Wolverhampton Wanderers

h

1st April

Portsmouth

a

6th April

Gillingham

h

13th April

Grimsby Town

a

21st April

Coventry City

h

Coventry City

29th March

Sheffield Wednesday

a

1st April

West Bromwich Albion

h

6th April

Preston North End

a

13th April

Millwall

h

21st April

Burnley

a

Millwall

30th March

Stockport County

h

1st April

Rotherham United

a

5th April

Wolverhampton Wanderers

h

13th April

Coventry City

a

21st April

Grimsby Town

h

Birmingham City

30th March

Grimsby Town

h

1st April

Crystal Palace

a

7th April

Portsmouth

h

10th April

Crewe Alexandra

h

13th April

Rotherham United

a

21st April

Sheffield United

h

Preston North End

30th March

Portsmouth

h

1st April

Barnsley

a

6th April

Coventry City

h

13th April

Crystal Palace

a

21st April

Nottingham Forest

h

Norwich City

30th March

Crystal Palace

h

1st April

Bradford City

a

6th April

Grimsby Town

h

13th April

Barnsley

a

21st April

Stockport County

h

Crystal Palace

30th March

Norwich City

a

1st April

Birmingham City

h

7th April

Crewe Alexandra

a

13th April

Preston North End

h

21st April

West Bromwich Albion

a