Automatic Promotions, Playoff Berths Decided In Championship

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Daniel Fox (R) leads the Southampton celebrations after his sides third goal scored by Jos Hooiveld during the npower Championship match between Southampton and Coventry City at St Mary's Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Southampton's 4-0 victory over Coventry have booked them a spot in next year's Premier League -- but who will be the third club to go up?

After a full day of action in England's second division, the dust has settled a bit and we're able to sort out who's going where. Well, kinda. Those Championship playoffs can be a bit of a headache, particularly on a Saturday.

After thrashing already-relegated Coventry City 4-0, Southampton will join Reading in the Premier League for 2012-2013. West Ham United, Birmingham City, Blackpool and Cardiff City are set for the playoffs, while Middlesbrough just barely missed out on a spot.

On the other end, Doncaster and Portsmouth will be joining Coventry in League 1 next season. Charlton will be one of the clubs taking their place in the Championship. A club from Sheffield will certainly join as well, although whether it will be United or Wednesday remains to be seen. I suppose, technically, after the playoffs it could be both. One of the Sheffields will face MK Dons, Huddersfield, and most likely Stevenage, although Notts County could nick in.

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