EFL playoffs 2024: Fixtures and dates

The EFL playoffs 2024 have conjured up some exciting ties that are set to be played over the next few weeks, to determine which teams gain promotion from their respective leagues.

The League One and League Two playoffs have already been decided, and the events leading to determining their respective dramatis personae were suitably intense. In League One, Derby County condemned Bolton Wanderers to a playoff place by earning automatic promotion on the final day.

Oxford United and Barnsley claimed the final two playoff spots ahead of Lincoln City and Blackpool.

And in League Two, Doncaster Rovers, Crewe Alexandra and Crawley Town claimed the final three playoff places up for grabs on the final day, ahead of Barrow and Bradford City, who just missed out.

As ever though, it's the Championship playoffs that will steal all the headlines, given what is at stake in the world's richest game.

Ipswich won automatic promotion to the Premier League on the final day in the Championship, condemning Leeds to the playoffs – Photo by Icon Sport

Only Southampton had a guaranteed playoff spot in the Championship ahead of the final day, while Ipswich Town and Leeds United battled it out for the last remaining automatic promotion place.

Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion occupied the final two playoff spots ahead of Hull City, who could still sneak in on the final day if they won and results go their way. However, it was West Brom and Norwich who would make the playoffs in fifth and sixth respectively, while Leeds claimed the final spot in third after Ipswich gained automatic promotion.

EFL Championship playoffs 2024 fixtures and dates

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In the event of both Ipswich and Norwich going up, 2024/25 would be the first season since 1994/95 to see both clubs in the top flight. (Photo by Icon Sport)

Fixtures and dates

6th vs 3rd: Norwich vs Leeds United

Sunday 12th May 12pm, Carrow Road

Leeds edged a five-goal thriller between these two teams in October's corresponding league fixture, as the visitors came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in injury time.

5th vs 4th: West Brom vs Southampton

Sunday 12th May 2:15pm, The Hawthorns

Southampton won this corresponding league fixture 2-0 in February, in a result that moved the Saints up to the automatic promotion places. They slipped down to the playoff spots since then, and will be determined not to let their chances of returning to the Premier League slip again.

3rd vs 6th: Leeds United vs Norwich

Thursday 16th May 8pm, Elland Road

Patrick Bamford scored a 16th-minute winner as Leeds won 1-0 in this league fixture in January, and the striker will be hoping to fire his team straight back up into the Premier League via the playoffs.

4th vs 5th: Southampton vs West Brom

Friday 17th May 8pm, St. Mary's Stadium

Adam Armstrong scored a late winner as Southampton edged this league fixture 2-1 in November, and their league double over West Brom could give them a psychological advantage.

Bolton finished third in League One, and so will be favourites to win the playoffs – Photo by Icon Sport

EFL League One playoffs 2024 fixtures and dates

Fixtures and dates

6th vs 3rd: Barnsley 1-3 Bolton

Friday 3rd May 7:30pm, Oakwell

Bolton hold a major two-goal advantage going into their second leg against Barnsley at home, and will be favourites to progress to the final.

5th vs 4th: Oxford Utd 1-0 Peterborough

Saturday 4th May 7:45pm, Kassam Stadium

Oxford United thrashed Peterborough 5-0 in this corresponding league fixture in front of their home fans only a few weeks ago, but take a narrow one-goal lead ahead of the second leg.

3rd vs 6th: Bolton vs Barnsley

Tuesday 7th May 8pm, University of Bolton Stadium

Amazingly, these two teams actually met in the League One playoff semi-finals last season, with Barnsley triumphing over two legs. In their most recent league meeting at the University of Bolton Stadium in February, the game finished 1-1, but Barnsley will need a huge win to turn this tie around.

4th vs 5th: Peterborough vs Oxford Utd

Wednesday 8th May 8pm, Weston Homes Stadium

Not quite the 5-0 of the reverse league fixture, but Peterborough beat Oxford United 3-0 in this corresponding fixture in December, which suggests that each team hold a significant home advantage when playing against each other.

Wrexham won the League Two playoff final last season – Photo by Icon Sport

EFL League Two playoffs 2024 fixtures and dates

Fixtures and dates

7th vs 4th: Crawley vs MK Dons

Monday 6th May 3pm, Broadfield Stadium

The corresponding league fixture finished 2-1 to Crawley in August, so home advantage could be key for them this time around.

6th vs 5th: Crewe vs Doncaster

Monday 6th May 5:30pm, Mornflake Stadium

These two sides played out a five-goal thriller in this corresponding league fixture, with Crewe just edging it 3-2 with an injury-time winner on home turf.

4th vs 7th: MK Dons vs Crawley

Thursday 9th May 8pm, Stadium:mk

MK Dons won this corresponding league fixture 2-0 in December, as the visitors were reduced to 10 men late on. They will have to try and keep their cool in the playoffs with so much at stake.

5th vs 6th: Doncaster vs Crewe

Friday 10th May 8pm, Eco-Power Stadium

Doncaster won 2-0 in this corresponding league fixture in March, and with such a recent encounter, it will be interesting to see if Crewe approach the match any differently.


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