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The Championship: Battle for survival

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Championship football is the best that some clubs can hope for. The likes of Millwall, Barnsley and Doncaster can hope for little more than that given the finances and fanbase that hey have. 

The three have all yo-yoed between the Championship and League 1 in previous seasons and again they are all in trouble of taking the plunge into England's third division. 

Languishing at the bottom of the Championship are Yeovil, last season's play-off victors. Gary Johnson's men have struggled all season and, quite frankly, are punching well above their weight considering the stature of the club. An average attendance of 6643 confirms that.

They currently lie three points adrift of 21st-placed Charlton and deserve to go down. They have held leads away at Nottingham Forest, Derby and Leicester in recent weeks, yet have taken just a solitary point from those three matches.

An Inability to finish games off will cost them dearly. Saturday's home tie with Charlton is the definition of the term 'six-pointer'.

Above Yeovil lie Millwall. Despite bringing in Ian Holloway after the sacking of Steve Lomas earlier in the season, they continue to struggle. Just nine points from the past 10 games has seen them slip deeper into the mire and this season could prove a polar opposite to the last for Holloway, who took up fellow Londoners Crystal Palace. A tough run in for the Lions could seal their fate. 

Third bottom are a side that are no strangers to relegation dogfights. Barnsley only survived last season thanks to a last-day draw at Huddersfield after Peterborough conceded late to make sure of their own relegation.

This season has been much the same, with a change of manager but no real change in fortunes. Seven points from their past three games have put them two points off Charlton, who they still have to play. If anyone can get out of this, Barnsley can.

Charlton have had a torrid season. Last season they performed admirably in their first back from League One. But Chris Powell struggled with second-season syndrome this term and just weeks ago found himself out of a job.

Charlton have the easiest run-in on paper and if they can beat both Yeovil and Barnsley at home, they will almost definitely be safe. A game in hand on Barnsley and two on the bottom pair should see them move away from the bottom three.

Above Charlton there is a four-point gap before we come to Blackpool, Doncaster and Birmingham.

Blackpool have had a slight resurgence under Barry Ferguson but there can be no guarantee that will be enough after a horror five-month period. 

Birmingham are without a home victory in an incredible six months but the goals of Federico Macheda continue to get them out of a precarious position.

Doncaster also have enough to get out of it, but it remains to be seen if they can match the form which saw them win four of six games in March. 

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