After a dramatic regular season of EFL Championship 2022-23, the playoffs are now upon us with four teams from the second tier of English football battling for the one remaining promotion spot to the Premier League - England’s top flight.
The two teams from the Championship that have already gained automatic promotion to the Premier League are Burnley and Sheffield United.
Burnley finished top of the Championship with 101 points and were the runaway leaders, while Sheffield United clinched the second spot after securing 91 points.
Third-placed Luton Town, fourth-placed Middlesbrough, fifth-placed Coventry, and sixth-placed Sunderland are the four teams who will be competing in the playoffs.
Luton Town finished the regular season with 80 points and they will face Sunderland, who qualified for the playoffs in dramatic fashion on the final day during the last round of matches.
Sunderland finished with 69 points from 46 games and they will be hoping that their go-to player this season Amad Diallo can produce some more magic in the playoffs in keeping with what he’s done for the Black Cats over the course of the campaign.
Luton Town, meanwhile, will hope that their top-scorer for the season Carlton Morris can add to his 20 league goals during the playoffs.
On the other hand, Middlesbrough and Coventry will contest the other semi-final for a spot in the playoff final at Wembley.
Middlesbrough, under the leadership of Michael Carrick, has experienced one hell of a turnaround this season.
From being relegation candidates to now competing in the playoffs for Premier League promotion, it is safe to say that Middlesbrough has come a long way.
They will be hoping that Chuba Akpom, who is the top-scorer in the Championship with 28 goals, can find the back of the net once again in the playoffs. A free-scoring side, only Championship winners Burnely (87) has scored more than Middlesbrough (84) this season.
Boro though will have their task cut out against a stubborn Coventry team who like Middlesbrough turned around their season from the relegation abyss to promotion candidates.
If Coventry is to do well then their Swedish striker Viktor Gyökeres will need to be at their best. He’s already found the back of the net 21 times in the league and the Swede will be itching to get on the scoresheet and make it count in the playoffs.
The first leg of the semi-final between Sunderland and Luton town will take place at the former’s Stadium of Light while the second leg will be held at the latter’s home ground known as Kenilworth Road.
The other semi-final featuring Coventry and Middlesbrough will witness the first leg being held at the Coventry Building Society Arena, while the second leg will happen at Boro’s Riverside Stadium.
Where to watch EFL Championship 2022-23 playoffs and semi-finals live in India?
Live streaming of EFL Championship 2022-23 playoffs will be available on the FanCode app and website.
Live telecast of EFL Championship 2022-23 playoffs will not be available on any TV channel in India.
EFL Championship 2022-23 playoffs schedule and live India match time
All timings as per Indian Standard Time (IST)
|Saturday, May 13||Sunderland vs Luton Town||Stadium of Light||10:00 PM|
|Sunday, May 14||Coventry City vs Middlesbrough||Kenilworth Road||4:30 PM|
|Wednesday, May 17||Luton Town vs Sunderland||Coventry Building Society Arena||12:30 AM|
|Thursday, May 18||Middlesbrough vs Coventry City||Riverside Stadium||12:30 AM|
|Saturday, May 13||Winner of semi-final 1 vs winner of semi-final 2||Wembley||9:30 PM|
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