What has to happen on the last day for nine-lives Sheffield Wednesday to stay in the Championship

Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship survival hopes are still alive.

By Alex Miller
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 8:55 am

Rotherham United’s 0-0 draw at Luton Town on Tuesday evening means the Millers’ long Covid-enforced list of games in hand have dissipated and though the point meant they leapfrogged Wednesday into 22nd place, the survival picture is now crystal clear.

A Rotherham win would’ve effectively seen Wednesday relegated barring a historic goal difference swing on the final day.

But now the Owls, still three points back on fourth-bottom Derby County, make the trip to play that very side on Saturday knowing only a win will do if they are to remain a second tier side.

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Luton Town players react after Referee Dean Whitestone disallows a goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Luton and Rotherham United at Kenilworth Road. Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Three points guarantees to take them above the Rams by virtue of goal difference but in terms of survival, that win will only keep them up if Rotherham fail to win at Cardiff.

Rotherham will make the trip to Wales knowing a win will keep them up if Derby fail to beat Wednesday. If Derby win, they are safe.

The result set up a remarkable final day of the season for Wednesday, who slapped with a points deduction before the start of the season have spent only one week outside of the bottom three.

They will play a Derby side that failed to secure themselves a safety spot despite taking the lead at Swansea last weekend and that look a little broken after a run of six consecutive defeats.

Lewis Wing slipped on a late free-kick to waste a chance for Rotherham.

Remarkably Wednesday, with only eight points from their last available 24, are the in-form team in the relegation fight, with Rotherham having picked up just two points in that time.