Sunday 18 March 2018

Which teams can go up and down this weekend?

Relegation-threatened Norwich have an important match with Manchester United on Saturday
Relegation-threatened Norwich have an important match with Manchester United on Saturday

This weekend could prove pivotal for several teams in the top four leagues in England, with a number of promotion and relegation places set to be decided.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at where some of the key clashes will take place.

Barclays Premier League: Norwich (at home to Manchester United)

Norwich's survival bid looked to be on track when they edged relegation rivals Newcastle 3-2 at the start of April. But three straight defeats since have seen the Canaries stutter. Anything less than victory against Louis van Gaal's Champions League-chasing side on Saturday lunchtime would leave Norwich second-bottom and, if Newcastle and Sunderland win later in the day, Alex Neil's men could find themselves up to four points adrift of safety with two games to play.

Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough (at home to Brighton)

With Burnley already promoted to the Premier League, this is a make-or-break clash for Middlesbrough and Brighton in their bids for a top-two finish. With the teams level on points heading into their final regular-season fixture, Boro know they need only a point to take the final automatic promotion berth. For Brighton, only victory will guarantee their return to the top division for the first time since 1983. Aitor Karanka's side are unbeaten in nine games, while Chris Hughton's Albion head to Teesside on a 13-match unbeaten streak.

Sky Bet League One: Fleetwood (at home to Crewe)

Already relegated Crewe all but sent Doncaster down last weekend and will relegate Fleetwood if they beat the Cod Army and Blackpool win at Peterborough. Steven Pressley's Fleetwood head into the weekend in the final position of safety, two points ahead of their Lancashire neighbours and boasting a superior goal difference, meaning a draw would almost certainly secure their status in League One, where all this weekend's action is on Sunday.

Sky Bet League Two: Bristol Rovers (at home to Dagenham)

Darrell Clarke's Bristol Rovers lie in fourth place behind promotion rivals Accrington and Oxford. With all three teams claiming away wins last weekend, the battle for the last two automatic promotion places will come down to Saturday's last day of the regular season. Second-placed Accrington host Stevenage, while third-placed Oxford are at home to Wycombe. Only a win for Rovers will realistically give them a chance of an automatic promotion spot.

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