The regular Championship season has ended. Now the real drama begins. This week, the four teams occupying third to sixth in the final table will embark on the play-offs with one aim: victory at Wembley on Monday 25 May and a slice of the riches and prestige on offer in the Premier League. The final itself is famously billed as the richest game in world football, with roughly £120m on offer for the winner next season, before the bar is lifted again courtesy of the Premier League’s hugely lucrative new TV deal starting in 2016-17. But first, teams must survive the tense, nail-biting, exhilarating or heart-breaking experience of the semi-finals. This season’s promotion race has been the closest since the division was renamed the Championship in 2004, and with just five points separating Norwich, Middlesbrough, Brentford and Ipswich in the table, the play-offs promise to be just as tight.
Play-off Semifinal fixtures:
Friday 8 May 2015:
Brentford vs Middlesbrough 7:45 pm
Saturday 9 May 2015:
Ipswich vs Norwich 12:15 pm
Friday 15 May 2015:
Middlesbrough vs Brentford 7:45 pm
Saturday 16 May 2015:
Norwich vs Ipswich 12:15pm
Monday 25 May 2015. The winner joins Bournemouth and Watford in the promotion from Championship to the Premier League.