The race for promotion to the Premier League is heating up and here’s everything you need to know about the Championship play-offs this season.
While the top two teams in the Championship earn automatic promotion to the top flight, those who finish third to sixth battle it out in the play-offs for the final promotion place.
Widely known as the richest game in football, winning the play-off final is understood to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds due to the revenue on offer to clubs in the Premier League.
Securing promotion automatically avoids the nerves of a two-legged semi-final and a Wembley showpiece, but if your team is victorious then it’s the ultimate promise land.
For most sides that usually fight for promotion, a win at Wembley is often as good as it gets. Of course, there are notable expectations with Leicester City winning the Premier League just two seasons after gaining promotion.
As things stand, the three teams relegated from the top flight last season occupy the top three spots in the Championship. Leicester, in first, have a healthy gap to second-placed Southampton.
Leeds are in third, just a point behind the Saints, with Ipswich in fourth, trailing by four points. There’s a gap with the rest of the top six who will be concentrating on securing a play-off berth.
The latest Championship odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise, details of the play-offs are below.
Championship play-off dates and fixtures
The 2024 Championship play-offs will be held in May, once the regular season concludes. The final day of the season is Saturday, May 4, so it’s likely the play-offs will take place a week or two later.
TBC: 6th v 3rd
TBC: 5th v 4th
TBC: 3rd v 6th
TBC: 4th v 5th
May 26: TBC v TBC
If the Championship play-off final is level after 90 minutes, then two 15-minute halves of extra-time will be played before a penalty shootout to determine the winner.