BBC Sport Football Gossip: Promotion, Relegation and the Race for Europe
Since the start of the season, BBC Sport has been bringing you all the latest sports news from around the world. So it’s only right that we continue to do so by bringing you all you need to know about promotion, relegation and the race for Europe in England and Scotland’s top football leagues, including predictions and analysis on the most entertaining sports tournament in the world; The Premier League!
– Premier League Games
20 teams (16th-20th relegated to Championship; 3rd-5th entered into Europa League play-off round) Premier League winners enter Champions’ League group stage. Qualifying spots available via league position and cup competitions. Three points are awarded for a win, one point per draw. Extra time is played if scores are level after 90 minutes with up to 30 minutes of extra time played in knockout rounds including final. Goal difference used to separate teams on equal points; goal scored used as tiebreaker until 1995–96 when teams would be separated by most goals scored (prior to that it was most goals scored on aggregate); from 2008–09 onward goal difference will again be used as a tiebreaker.
– Championship Games
The Championship title race is hotting up with just three points separating Brighton from Newcastle at the top. Brighton extended their lead thanks to a goalless draw with Cardiff on Tuesday night but Newcastle have played two games more than Chris Hughton’s side. The Magpies welcome Rotherham to St James’ Park on Wednesday night as they look to reduce that gap further. Middlesbrough are also in contention after beating Blackburn 2-0 on Tuesday but Aston Villa suffered a setback at Elland Road.
– League One Games
 – Ipswich Town  drew 1-1 at home to Rochdale in a game where both teams finished with ten men.  – Fleetwood Town stayed top after beating Peterborough United 4-0 at Highbury Stadium. (Match report)  dropped back into play-off contention with a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers at Prenton Park. A Jordan Maguire-Drew double put Colchester 2-0 up before Callum O’Dowda made it three before half time. Substitute Femi Ilesanmi’s goal proved little more than a consolation as Colchester hung on to get their first league win in five matches.
– League Two Games
In League Two there are three automatic promotion places available and play-offs to determine which team will be promoted. Newport County occupy first place with 64 points, 3 ahead of Leyton Orient. The teams in third through sixth (Forest Green Rovers, Luton Town, Cambridge United) all have a game in hand over Leyton Orient meaning it’s far from settled who will go up. – League One: In League One there are four automatic promotion places available as well as play-offs to determine which teams will be promoted. Barnsley are currently in first place but that is by no means certain due to some poor results recently and Bolton Wanderers having a game in hand on them over their rivals.
The Carabao Cup is a football competition in England and Scotland. In its inaugural season it was known as The EFL Cup. It is open to all 92 clubs from England and Wales that are affiliated to The Football League or Premier League. Over 600 teams entered to compete in 2016–17. Liverpool F.C. are your current cup holders as they beat Manchester City F.C. 3-1 in 2017 final, whereas Aston Villa will be joining Hull City A.F.C., Middlesbrough F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Norwich City F.C.
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