MOVING UP: PROMOTION TO THE TOP TIER.
In Germany and in France: We will know the complete list of the teams that are getting a direct promotion to the top flight, and the team(s) who is(are) going to battle it out in the relegation playoff round.
STANDINGS AFTER 33 ROUNDS
Schalke – 62 points
Werder Bremen – 60 points
Hamburger SV – 57 points
Darmstadt – 57 points
St. Pauli – 54 points
Schlake has secured promotion to the top tier.
Who joins Schalke in the 1. Bundesliga?
Four clubs are going for two spots (preferably one spot). There is the direct promotions spot to tier 1 of German football that is currently occupied by Werder Bremen, and the promotion play-off qualifying spot occupied by Hamburger SV.
Werder Bremen, Hamburger SV, and Darmstadt sit on 57 points each, with St. Pauli on 54 points.
There is a 20-point gap between the two.
Werder Bremen will have the backing of home support when they take on Jahn Regensburg (13th) for the points to keep 2nd place and direct promotion. Any result by a defeat will do for Werder Bremen.
Should the expected happen in Werder Bremen’s fixture, Hamburger, Darmstadt, and St. Pauli will have the promotion play-off spot to chase on the day.
St. Pauli is mathematically in the contest but the probability of their promotion is negligible with 3 points behind and not having the goal difference in their favor.
Hamburger SV can’t afford any result from their fixture if it does not match the outcome of the result from Darmstadt’s fixture.
Should the unexpected happen and Werder Bremen is beaten at home, Hamburg SV or Darmstadt can use a win to take away direct promotion.
WERDER BREMEN vs Jahn Regensburg
Hansa Rostock vs HAMBURGER SV
DARMSTADT vs Paderborn
ST. PAULI vs Dusseldorf
FRENCH LIGUE 2
Ajaccio – 72 points
Auxerre – 71 points
Paris FC – 67 points
Sochaux – 67 points
AJACCIO vs TOULOUSE
AUXERRE vs Amiens
PARIS FC vs Grenoble
SOCHAUX vs Dijon
Which teams will be joining Toulouse in the French Ligue 1?
One more round left for Ajaccio to confirm promotion to Ligue 1 by avoiding the additional games of the promotions playoffs. To guarantee this, Ajaccio must beat Toulouse.
A point for Ajaccio will not be enough if Auxerre comes away with a win at home against Amiens.
Paris FC and Sochaux will play for the 4th or 5th place finish.
In England and in Italy: The promotion playoffs round for the third promoted team to the top flight will kick off this weekend.
One more spot left.
Who is joining Fulham and Bournemouth in the English Premier League?
Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, and Luton Town are three games away from promotion.
Luton Town and Huddersfield Town will fight in a two-legged tie for a promotion final.
Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United will fight in a two-legged tie for a promotion final.
Luton Town vs Huddersfield Town
Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield Town vs Luton Town
Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United
Wembley Stadium, London
ITALIAN SERIE B
Promotion to the Italian Serie A
Who is joining Lecce and Cremonese in Serie A?
Ascoli or Benevento will advance to play Pisa, while Bresia or Perugia will advice to play Monza. The two will play a two-legged semifinal for the last two standing clubs to play in a two-legged final for promotion to Serie A.
Ascoli vs Benevento
Bresia vs Perugia