16 April, 2014 - 14:06

Teams set for promotion at the end of 2013/2014 season

While Premier League fans enjoy the tightest title battle in years, leaders of lower tiers fight for promotion with several matches left to go. Who have already qualified and who have the best chances to do so?

Championship to Premier League

1. Leicester City have already booked a place in the top flight and are likely to win the Championship. The Foxes lost a promotion play-off to Watford in the most dramatic fashion last season, but Nigel Pearson made his players come back even stronger and secure promotion with six matches to go.

They are back to the top flight for the first time in ten years and even dropped to League One in 2008. It will be amusing to see Kasper Schmeichel, the son of a legendary United keeper Peter Schmeichel, play in Premier League.

2. Burnley have an 8-point gap over third-placed Derby County with just 12 points left to play for, so there is no way they are going to give this lead away. The club last played in the top flight in 2009/2010 season and Seane Dyche will probably need a serious summer rebuilt to compete against the best in business.

3. Derby County and QPR have all but secured participation in promotion play-off, but Wigan, Reading, Brighton, Ipswich are still to fight for places in the top-six. Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers also have chances.

League One to Championship

1. Kenny Jacket and his Wolverhampton Wanderers have guaranteed promotion to the Championship after just one season. They will now be hoping to make their way back to the top flight.

2. Brentford are close to joining the Wolves with a 7-point lead over third-placed Leyton Orient.

3. Leyton Orient, Rotherham United, Preston North End and most probably Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United will fight for promotion.

League Two to League One

Scunthorpe United, Rochdale and Chesterfield are in pole-position to move forward, while Fleetwood Town, Burton Albion, Southend United, Oxford United and York City hope to take part in promotion play-off.

Conference National

Luton Town are in the 2014/2015 League Two, while Cambridge United will need to beat contenders in knock-out competition.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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