The race for survival: Is this a definitive weekend in the Championship?
Above: Tyrese Campbell (L) celebrates scoring against Barnsley with James McClean (R)
(Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts - CameraSport/Getty Images)

On first glance at the Championship table after the majority of teams have played four games since the restart, it still looks pretty tight down at the bottom of the second tier of English football.

  • Luton thrashed by Reading 

Currently, Luton Town occupy 24th position. What started off as a successful restart campaign took a major blow this afternoon as they were cruelly punished by Reading 0-5 at Kenilworth Road. They are on 40 points, but have the worst goal difference in the league at -32. It would be fairly safe to say it does not look good for the Hatters.

  • Barnsley’s Good Run Comes to an end

Just above them sit Barnsley. Just like Luton, they had a decent restart - an away win at QPR, followed by a draw with Milwall and victory against Blackburn. It was back down to earth with a bump today, however. Relegation rivals Stoke comprehensively brushed the Tykes aside 4-0 and gave their own survival hopes a real lift. 

Many in South Yorkshire will now fear the worst, with the away game at Luton next week surely being a relegation decider. With Wigan, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Brentford to come after the Hatters game, it may be one of the last opportunities Barnsley get to put some points on the board.

  • Will it be one of the remaining pack? Or will Wigan’s plight be decisive?

Occupying the final relegation spot currently are Middlesbrough on 44 points; Hull City on 45; and then Huddersfield, Charlton and Stoke all on 46. One could be forgiven for suggesting that both Luton and Barnsley will be red hot favourites to go down after today’s results, and one of the other teams mentioned will join them. However, recent developments - and there will undoubtedly be more news to be revealed in the coming weeks - suggest Wigan Atheltic may be the third and final team to drop down into League One next season with their impending twelve point deduction looming at the end of the season. 

It is not over yet for sure. However, should both Middlesbrough and Hull City get results in their respective games tomorrow, it could give us a better picture of who will stay and who will go at the end of this extended campaign.

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