Championship final day, live: Follow the promotion action

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL DAY LIVE: Follow all the action from around the grounds



11:07 GMT, 28 April 2012

It's D-Day in the npower Championship as clubs at the top of table battle to secure an automatic promotion or play-off place. Will it be West Ham or Southampton joining Reading in the Barclays Premier League and can Middlesbrough sneak into the play-offs Sportsmail brings you all the action.

The npower Championship

Southampton v Coventry
West Ham v Hull

Barnsley v Brighton
Birmingham v Reading
Burnley v Bristol City
Crystal Palace v Cardiff
Derby v Peterborough
Doncaster v Ipswich
Leeds United v Leicester
Millwall v Blackpool
Nott'm Forest v Portsmouth
Watford v Middlesbrough

(all games start at 12.30pm)

12.07: And here's how they line up at St Mary's: Southampton: Davis, Butterfield, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox, Do Prado, Schneiderlin, Hammond, Lallana, Sharp, Lambert. Subs: Bialkowski, Harding, Cork, De Ridder, Puncheon.

Coventry: Murphy, Clarke, Cranie, Willis, Hussey, Baker, Norwood, Thomas, Bigirimana, McSheffrey, McDonald. Subs: Dunn, Platt, Jeffers, Roberts, Henderson.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

12.06: Here are the teams from Upton Park: West Ham: Green, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, Taylor, O'Neil, Noble, Nolan, Lansbury, Cole, Vaz Te. Subs: McCartney, Baldock, Maynard, Collison, Faubert.

Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Chester, Cooper, Dawson, Cairney, McKenna, Evans, Garcia, Fryatt, King. Subs: Oxley, Stewart, Brady, Bradley, Cullen.

Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

12.05: An email has flooded in from Parkesy in Wanstead: 'You Irrrroooooooons!'

12.01: You can share your thoughts on the day's action thusly: [email protected] or Twitter: @TomBellwood.

Would like to hear from Hammers fans, Saints fans and hopeful Boro fans. Or if you're one of the unlucky bunch to have already been relegated. Direct your missives to the above address. Tar.

11.54: And let's not forget Middlesbrough who can sneak into the play-offs. If Cardiff lose to Crystal Palace and Boro beat Watford at Vicarage Road, they'll be in the final four for a place in the top flight.

If the Eagle draw, however, Boro will need a swing of 10+ goals to make it. So I think we can chalk that scenario off.

11.45am: Here we go then, the final day of Championship action, the 2011-12 season comes to a close with a final automatic promotion place still up for grabs.

Nerves will be frayed at Upton Park and St Mary's as West Ham and Southampton sweat it out on a lucrative place in the Barclays Premier League.

The equation is simple(ish): If Southampton draw and West Ham win by four or more goals, the Hammers are promoted.

BUT… If Saints draw and West Ham win by three goals, it goes to goals scored (currently Southampton 81, West Ham 79).

And finally… (stay with it): If both clubs finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored, it goes to head-to-head records between the two teams. And in that scenario, Southampton would be promoted courtesy of a 1-0 win in October and 1-1 draw in February.

Have you got all that Good.

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