Championship: Hull and Wolves among 12 teams in final day battle

Hull City will end a three-year Premier League exile if they beat Cardiff City at home on the final day of the Championship season on Saturday.

Steve Bruce's Hull need to match Watford's result at home to Leeds.

Twelve clubs realistically still have something to play for on what promises to be a tense climax to the campaign.

Wolves will be relegated unless they win at Brighton and other results go their way, with Barnsley and five other clubs still mathematically in danger.

Promotion issues

  • Automatic promotion: Hull, at home to Cardiff, just need to match Watford's result at home to Leeds to secure second place
  • Play-offs: Crystal Palace will seal their place with a win at home to Peterborough. A draw would be enough if Nottingham Forest fail to beat Leicester by six goals. If Bolton or Forest fail to win, Palace will also be OK
  • Bolton will finish in the top six with a win at home to Blackpool, as long as Forest don't win by four more goals than they do, or if they and Forest draw
  • Forest will qualify if they beat Leicester and either Palace lose or Bolton fail to win, or if they draw and Bolton lose
  • Leicester need to beat Forest, with Bolton failing to win

Hull and Gianfranco Zola's Watford are battling for the final automatic promotion spot to join champions Cardiff City in the Premier League next season.

The financial rewards are bigger than ever, with BSkyB and BT's three-year rights deal worth more than £3bn, double the current package that expires this summer.

The relegation battle looking particularly intriguing.

Wolves are in biggest danger of being demoted alongside already-doomed Bristol City, and would be just the second team - after Swindon Town in 1994 and 1995 - to suffer successive relegations from the top flight to the third tier.

Wolves need to win at Brighton and hope Barnsley lose at Huddersfield and Peterborough are beaten by Crystal Palace, while also making up a five-goal swing on Posh in the process.

Relegation issues

  • Wolves will go down unless they beat Brighton, Peterborough and Barnsley lose and Wolves make up a five-goal swing over Posh
  • Barnsley will go down if they lose to Huddersfield, or if they draw and Peterborough avoid defeat and Sheffield Wednesday avoid defeat by four or more goals. A win would keep them up
  • Peterborough are down if they lose and either Barnsley win or Wolves win and make up a five-goal swing. A draw won't be enough if Posh avoid defeat and Sheffield Wednesday avoid defeat by more or goals. A win would seal safety
  • Sheffield Wednesday need to beat Middlesbrough to guarantee safety
  • Millwall and Huddersfield need a point to secure their status

Wolves boss Saunders is hoping to avoid his own second successive relegation, having taken Doncaster Rovers down to League One a year ago.

With Brighton's play-off place already confirmed, Crystal Palace, Bolton, Nottingham Forest and Leicester are vying for the final two spots.

Ian Holloway's Palace know a victory against Peterborough will secure their place, while a win for Bolton Wanderers at home to Blackpool will keep their hopes alive of securing an instant Premier League return, having been 20th at the start of February.

Manager Dougie Freedman, said: "I'm very proud that the same lads that were here when we walked through the door in October are the same lads that are (closing in on) the play-offs."