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The Championship playoff race: Who's in and who's out?

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With just a handful of games remaining in the Sky Bet Championship, the playoff chase is really taking shape and there are only a small number of teams who have a serious hope of reaching the top six.

The playoff race is beginning to take shape and with only five games remaining (or six for the odd team), there's little room for slip-ups as the chase hots up. Are there just three teams left in the playoff race or will a late run of form provide a twist in the tale?

So which teams are in or indeed out of the playoff race?

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Derby County currently sit fifth in the Championship table, seven points above Welsh side Cardiff City. Despite having a comfortable cushion between themselves and Cardiff, they still look to be the most vulnerable of the teams in the top eight.

The Rams home form is solid but their away form has been very poor since Paul Clement's sacking, something they will need to address to prevent a second successive play-off slip-up.

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Sheffield Wednesday are currently sixth in the Championship table, just two points behind Hull City, who are fourth, and five points ahead of Cardiff in seventh. With Hull being one of the top four teams, it seems safe to assume they will achieve a play-off place at a minimum.

Wednesday, however, are very much there to be shot at in the playoff race but with the attacking quality in their squad, such as Aiden McGeady and Fernando Forestieri and with the consistent reign of form Carvajal's men are currently showing, Wednesday look favourites to secure a play-off place.

Cardiff City have put themselves right in the mix for the playoffs having picked up form at the right time. The Bluebirds have beaten playoff rivals Derby and Ipswich Town in recent weeks at the Cardiff City Stadium as well as taking a point from table-toppers Burnley at Turf Moor.

Cardiff have just three losses in their last 10 games and with one of the best home records in the league, Russell Slade's men are a force to be reckoned with, but they will need to improve their away form to overhaul those above them.

Ipswich Town are currently occupying the eighth spot in the Championship and the top six is quickly slipping away for Mick McCarthy's men. It seems speculation over McCarthy's future due to the opening of the Aston Villa job couldn't have come at a worse time with only one win in seven.

The Tractor Boys still have a slim chance of making the top six but they are now eight points off and they would need a real 'pick-me-up' if they're going to get back in form and back on track in the race for the top six.

Fulham v Ipswich Town   - Sky Bet Championship

Birmingham City are the last team in the race for the top six and indeed the team with the least chance of making the cut. The Blues have slipped up lately and their inability to see off "poorer teams" has cost them a place in the playoff race.

Birmingham are now nine points from sixth place but they do possess a game in hand which will be played next week against Leeds United.

Gary Rowett's men have somewhat overachieved this season but it seems that's all they'll have to look back on with their chances of making the top six all but gone.

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