EFL Championship promotion playoffs 2023 fixtures schedule, results, teams vying for final Premier League spot
The battle for Premier League promotion from the second-tier EFL Championship switches focus to the playoffs with just one spot left in the 2023/24 top flight.
Vincent Kompany's Burnley won the the 2022/23 Championship title, and an immediate Premier League return, with Sheffield United ultimately grabbing second place, and the other automatic promotion slot.
That leaves the Championship promotion playoffs to decide the third and final team joining the Premier League 2023/24 season with the final to be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023.
There were four teams battling for that final promotion place — the teams ranked from third to sixth in the final table — and they are down to two. Luton Town (3rd) and Coventry City (5th) will meet in the final, while Middlesbrough (4th) and Sunderland (6th) will have to wait till next season to give it another go.
MORE: Updated 2022/23 Premier League table
Luton Town vs Sunderland (Playoff semi final)
|Leg 1: Sunderland vs. Luton Town||Sat, May 13||2-1|
|Leg 2: Luton Town vs. Sunderland||Tue, May 16||2-0|
Luton Town advanced 3-2 on aggregate goals after the two legs.
Middlesbrough vs Coventry City (Playoff semi final)
|Leg 1: Coventry vs. Middlesbrough||Sun, May 14||0-0|
|Leg 2: Middlesbrough vs. Coventry||Wed, May 17||0-1|
Coventry City advanced 1-0 on aggregate goals after the two legs.
Championship Playoff Final
|Luton Town vs. Coventry City||Sat, May 27, 2023||4:45 p.m. / 11:45 a.m.|
EFL Championship promotion playoffs 2023
Luton Town and Middlesbrough were the first to clinch a spot in the promotion playoffs, with Coventry City and Sunderland confirming their spots on the final day of the 2022/23 Championship season.
A shock 4-3 home loss suffered by Millwall on the final day gave Sunderland, who won 3-0 at Preston on the final day, the opportunity to slot into the playoffs at the very end. Sunderland edged out Blackburn on goal difference (+13 vs. -2).
Final table as of May 8, 2023
|1.||Burnley - Y||101||46||87||+52|
|2.||Sheffield United - Y||91||46||73||+34|
|3.||Luton Town - Z||80||46||57||+18|
|4.||Middlesbrough - Z||75||46||84||+28|
|5.||Coventry - Z||70||46||58||+12|
|6.||Sunderland - Z||69||46||68||+13|
Y - secured automatic promotion to Premier League
Z - secured play-off spot
2023 EFL Championship playoff final
The two-legged playoff semifinals took place on May 13-14 and May 16-17 with the two victorious sides on aggregate goals moving to the winner-take-all final at Wembley on Saturday on May 27, 2023.
Alongside Premier League promotion, the play-off final winner is also in line for a major financial boost, with the game regularly labelled as the 'richest game in world football' based on its importance.
Based on data from 2022, the estimated reward for winning the playoff final is an extra £265m ($328m) to kick off the following Premier League season.
Odds as of May 17, 2023.
|Team to get |
Teams promoted to Premier League in 2023
With the two automatic promotion spots already confirmed, the Premier League welcomes back two familiar faces next season, with Burnley returning 12 months after suffering relegation, and Sheffield United dropping returning after a two-season absence.
However the potential for a new team in the Premier League is an option next season, with Luton Town never playing in the division before. Meanwhile, Coventry City haven't featured since 2000/01.
|No. of |
|Burnley||1st (101 pts)||8||2021/22|
|Sheffield United||2nd (91 pts)||5||2020/21|
|Luton or |
|Luton: 3rd (80 pts) |
Coventry: 5th (70 pts)
|Luton: 0 |