Final Championship places – Newcastle United, Hull City, PNE and Swindon battle it out Mark May 22, 2015 Leeds United 3 Comments Leeds United’s season ended two and half weeks ago but the teams we face in 2015/16 are still to be decided. Here we take a look at who may be joining us next season. League One play-offs Simon Grayson’s Preston North End side take on Swindon Town in the League One play-off final this Sunday, and if the semi-finals are anything to go by, it could be one to watch. While PNE cruised through to the final with a 4-0 aggregate win over Chesterfield, Swindon had to score seven by Sheffield United, winning 7-6 on aggregate following a thrilling 5-5 draw in their second leg. Preston are the clear favourites for this one , Grayson’s side were very strong in the second half of the season and given the six goals Swindon shipped in their semi-final, facing up against a Preston strike-force which includes Jermaine Beckford and League One’s top goalscorer, Joe Garner, must be a daunting proposition for Swindon. Premier League relegation Newcastle United’s ownership woes continue and they could join Burnley and QPR as the three Premier League casualties if they continue their dismal run of form at home to West Ham United, also on Sunday. The Magpies, whose players recently tried to blame the hostile atmosphere created by fans for their struggles, have failed to win in their last 10 outings, a winless run dating back to February. Fortunately for Newcastle, they can only be relegated if Hull City win their final game, which sees the dramatically improved Manchester United visit the KC where they’ll be looking to end the season on a high. Steve Bruce’s side beat Liverpool at home last time out however and if they can record another big win on Sunday, Newcastle will need to break that winless run to secure their status in the top flight – a win for Hull and draw for Newcastle would see the Geordies relegated on goal difference. Championship play-offs After relegation from the Premier League and the League One play-offs are taken care of on Sunday, the final change to 2015/16’s Championship takes place on Monday when Wembley plays host to one of the most financially rewarding games in world football. The battle for the two automatic places ran to the wire in the Championship and it’s the two biggest casualties of that, 3rd place Norwich City and 4th place Middlesbrough, who’ll battle it out for a place in the top flight. Norwich City are considered very slight favourites by the bookies, but given how close the two teams finished – separated by just a point – few will be betting their house on the outcome of this tie. Middlesbrough did win both games against Norwich during the regular season though, which might prove something of a psychological edge. JDC “Newcastle United’s ownership woes continue and they could join Wigan Athletic and Blackpool as the three Premier League casualties”? Just when I thought we were going to be joined by Burnley, QPR + either Hull City or Newcastle United as the three Premier League casualties … Wigan Athletic and Blackpool are on their way to League 1. NottsWhite Preston up and Hull down. The Championship seems to get tougher and tougher each year as Bristol and MK Dons (and Preston ?) will start the season on a high with decent squads. Burnley (and Hull ?) will have also have a strong team. QPR are the unknown, will the FL clip their wings with regards to transfers ? will the club lose their best players only to be left with the ageing players on the fat contracts ? Leeds need to strengthen otherwise it will be a tougher season than this Scally Lad True. Next season is going to be harsh. We’ve got to man up everywhere or we’re going to be looking at another scrape to avoid relegation. I’m hoping we can find some stability and mature leadership instead of this unending kabuki theatre that makes us the laughingstock of the Championship and ignored / forgotten by everyone else.