Championship survival race: All the permutations as Millers, Rams and Owls battle for Championship safety on the final day
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As the Championship survival race heads down to the last game of the season, Derby CountyRotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday all go into their games looking to beat the drop to League One for the 2021/22 season.

After a valiant effort, Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers have to accept their inevitable fate, as they would need results to go their way and to win by at least 13 goals against Middlesbrough to beat the drop. 

Ahead of the final set of fixtures, VAVEL UK take a look at all the permutations surrounding the other three teams, as only one of them can stay in the division.

  • Derby County

Derby County head into their game with Sheffield Wednesday knowing if they win against the Owls, they will survive on the final day of the season.

Despite not winning a game since the start of April and losing six of their last seven games of the campaign, Wayne Rooney's side know that only a win will keep them in the Championship for another season.

  • Rotherham United

Rotherham United will head to Wales to face Cardiff City, knowing a win over the Bluebirds and either a defeat or a draw for Derby against Sheffield Wednesday will keep them in the division.

The Millers, who last won on April 13 against Queens Park Rangers, have lost five of their last seven games by the odd goal.

Draws against Blackburn Rovers and Luton Town have taken it to the last day of the season alongside the Rams' failure to beat Swansea City last weekend.

Anything other than a win for Paul Warne's side and they will be relegated back to League One at the first time of asking.

  • Sheffield Wednesday

Darren Moore's Sheffield Wednesday head to Pride Park on Saturday knowing only a win will keep the Owls in the Championship for another season.

Should the Owls win and the Millers fail to beat Cardiff, they will survive on goal difference ahead of the Rams.

The Owls have picked up two wins in their last seven games, losing three and drawing the other two games with only scoring nine goals in that time.

  • Prediction

Looking ahead to the final day then and with all the permutations going into last set of fixtures, it's remarkable to think that Moore's side, who got a minus six points deduction at the start of the season for breaching financial regulations, are the current in-form team in the relegation fight, with eight points from their last 24 available.

Rotherham in that time, have picked up just two points and Derby have collected just three points.

Writer's prediction - Russ Vernon

The final prediction for the outcome of the relegation scrap on Saturday is that Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe will all be relegated to League One, with the Millers defying the odds to beat Cardiff on the final day, with the game at Pride Park going their way, to survive.

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