Teams in the Championship playoffs and who can still make it

Want to know which are the teams in the Championshp playoffs already? Read on to see our guide, as the richest second-tier league in existence reaches its climax tomorrow afternoon!

Teams in the Championship playoffs already

Ipswich Town

If you had offered any of the 30,311 supporters at Portman Road a spot in the playoffs at the start of the season, they would have been delighted. But the playoffs would now feel like a crushing blow.

Ipswich need just a single point this Saturday afternoon, which, barring disaster, should be highly attainable from 23rd placed Huddersfield, with their home crowd roaring them on.

Leeds still have Premier League quality and are now the only threat to Ipswich – Photo by Icon Sport

Leeds United

Leeds have run Ipswich and Leicester close this season, and even did the double over the East Anglians. But a disastrous 4-0 loss away to QPR has all but put paid to their automatic promotion hopes.

There are still reasons for Leeds to be optimistic, however. They have been head and shoulders clear of the other sides in the playoffs, winning six more points than fourth-placed Southampton with a game to go.

They also boast serious quality. Crysencio Summerville, Pascal Struijk and Dan James have stayed with the club after relegation, Archie Gray has been a teenage revelation, and Joel Piroe has added goals and Championship nous.

Southampton

The only side whose fate is absolutely sealed, Southampton will finish fourth no matter what. The Saints do have the opportunity to pile further misery on Leeds, however, as they travel to Elland Road on the final day.

Russell Martin’s men have blown hot and cold, but their quality cannot be doubted. Up top, they boast the league’s most productive player in Adam Armstrong, who has scored 20 and assisted 13. In defence, Kyle Walker-Peters has been superb, and Joe Aribo has provided midfield magic.

Having looked like finishing fourth for some time, the Saints will be ready for the playoffs. As it stands, however, their opponents in the semi finals will be renowned promotion specialists Norwich City.

Gabriel Sara has been had a superb season for Norwich – Photo by Icon Sport

Teams who can still make the playoffs

Norwich City

On New Year’s Day, Norwich City were in 13th place, with Carrow Road a deeply unhappy place.

Fast forward five months, and the Canaries have found their song again. In the 19 games since then, only Leeds have picked up more points.

Norwich are always a goal threat, thanks to Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Sara and USA international striker Josh Sargent, who have 25 and 18 goal contributions respectively. Sargent’s return to fitness has been key in Norwich’s 2024 form.

Norwich are the form side going into the playoffs. Should they avoid a seven goal swing to seventh-placed Hull City, they will feel confident of repeating their 2015 playoffs win.

West Bromwich Albion

The final side occupying the playoff spots are West Brom. The Baggies have been there-or-thereabouts all season, having gradually improved on their 10th and 9th placed finishes in the Championship since relegation in 2021.

However, the Midlands side risk losing out on the last playoff spot, unless they can arrest a worrying dip in form.

The Baggies have lost their last three in a row, and are now just two points ahead of Hull City. Though they have a vastly superior goal difference, a win is the only way to guarantee sixth place.

If anyone can upset either the Baggies or the Canaries, it is surely Hull man Jaden Philogene-Bidace, who can produce magic at any moment – Photo by Icon Sport

Hull City

Finally, Hull City will be crossing their fingers for a slip-up from Norwich or West Brom, in hopes of sneaking back into the Premier League, though they will need a miracle from strugglers Birmingham City, or a favour from Preston North End, who have little left to play for.

Should they make it into the playoffs, however, the Tigers will feel quietly confident.

Curiously, they gained promotion from the playoffs in both 2008 and 2016. With another eight years having passed, could they do it again and keep that unusual sequence going?

The Humberside club also have some excellent players who could make the difference. Jadon Philogene-Bidace has attracted many Premier League sides, while Fabio Carvalho will have a point to prove to parent club Liverpool. Meanwhile, promising left-back Jacob Greaves has an excellent chance to put himself in the shop window.

For more on the EFL Playoffs, check out our look at the League One playoffs, taking place this weekend.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.