Brentford’s draw at Millwall yesterday confirmed their place in the Sky Bet Championship for the 2019/20 season. The Bees are safe from relegation but cannot now reach the Championship Play-Offs so will, for the sixth season in a row, be in the second tier next season. It also means that the last season of football at Griffin Park will be with The Bees as a Championship side.
With three games of the Championship season remaining, only four teams in the division cannot go with up or down. Like Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City will be staying in the second tier. Two other teams are also guaranteed Sky Bet Championship football next season – Huddersfield Town and Fulham, who have been relegated from the Premier League.
The full list of Sky Bet Championship teams confirmed for 2019/20 is as follows:
The 18 remaining places in the Championship will be filled over the next six weeks. One more team will be relegated from the Premier League with eight teams mathematically in the running. Cardiff City occupy the final relegation place at present with Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton the teams they are most likely to catch.
There are ten teams that could win promotion from Sky Bet League One. Luton Town are currently top of the table with four games to go with Barnsley, who only have three to play, Sunderland and Portsmouth chasing hard.
The 14 other places in the second tier next year will go to current Championship teams. Six are trying to avoid the final relegation place – with Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town already down. Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City are just about safe with Rotherham United most in danger of dropping down to the third tier.
At the other end there are still 12 teams that can win promotion, either automatically or via the Play-Offs. Norwich City are almost up, needing five points from three games, fewer if Sheffield United or Leeds United drop points, while West Bromwich Albion are also still chasing automatic promotion. Eight more teams are hunting a Play-Off place with three games to go.