Ipswich Town will be relegated tomorrow unless they beat Birmingham... and even that might not be enough to delay inevitable
PUBLISHED: 13:11 12 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:13 12 April 2019
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Ipswich Town’s relegation from the Championship will be confirmed tomorrow unless they beat Birmingham City.
The Blues have looked destined for League One for many weeks but are now on the brink, sitting 14 points from safety with only 15 to play for.
Anything but victory will confirm relegation while even that may not be enough to preserve Championship status for another week.
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Three points would mean Paul Lambert’s men will be given a reprieve as long as one of Millwall, Reading or Wigan lose their games this weekend.
Millwall and Reading are in action on Saturday, at Sheffield United and at home to Brentford respectively, while Wigan don’t play until Sunday against Norwich.
That means the Blues could win their game at Portman Road but be relegated on Sunday afternoon, should the Latics beat the table-topping Canaries at home.
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In the event of an Ipswich win, a draw for any of those teams would leave Ipswich 12 adrift with 12 points to play for, meaning the Blues would effectively be relegated given their goal difference (-35) is significantly worse than their rivals.
Should Ipswich get through the weekend without having relegation confirmed, they will then head to Preston for a Good Friday clash.
Again, it will be a case of the Blues needing to secure three points and requiring results elsewhere to go their way.