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Championship clubs unsure if they will be relegated with no decision on Wigan’s appeal imminent

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The Championship season draws to a close on Wednesday night but the 2019-20 campaign is likely to end in confusion with no decision on Wigan’s appeal against their points deduction imminent.

The Latics, who currently sit in 13th place in the table, are appealing against an automatic 12-point penalty for entering administration.

But a verdict on that appeal is not expected before the 24 Championship clubs play their final matches in two days’ time.

No decision on Championship side Wigan's appeal against 12-point deduction is imminent

No decision on Championship side Wigan's appeal against 12-point deduction is imminent

No decision on Championship side Wigan’s appeal against 12-point deduction is imminent

As a result, some clubs are unsure if they will be relegated to League One even after the final matches have taken place.

Wigan, who face promotion-chasing Fulham on the final day at home, are currently 10 points clear of the relegation zone on 58 points.

Hull prop up the table on 45 points with Barnsley on 46 points in 23rd and Luton Town in 22nd on 48 points. 

Some clubs are unsure if they will be relegated to League One on Wednesday due to no verdict

Some clubs are unsure if they will be relegated to League One on Wednesday due to no verdict

Some clubs are unsure if they will be relegated to League One on Wednesday due to no verdict

Charlton sit just above the relegation places, also on 48 points while Birmingham and Middlesbrough are just above them on 50 points.

Huddersfield, in 18th on 51 points, all but secured their survival by beating West Brom on Friday night, with a far superior goal difference effectively keeping them safe. 

The EFL were set to impose the 12-point penalty on Wigan immediately after the games on Wednesday night but the appeal means it is out of the governing body’s hands. 

Sheffield Wednesday, in 16th on 56 points, also face a potential points deduction after being charged last year with financial misconduct by the EFL over the sale of their stadium to their owner Dejphon Chansiri.

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Hull have the biggest task ahead of them as they sit three points behind Charlton in the last position of safety, but with a significantly worse goal difference – 16 to be exact.

They need Charlton and Luton to lose – preferably by a big margin – Barnsley not to win and to record a huge win at Cardiff themselves to stand any chance of staying up.

Gerhard Struber’s Barnsley also need to win their final game – away at Brentford – and for results elsewhere to go their way in order to stay up.

The South Yorkshire side are one point better off than Hull but know nothing but a victory will be good enough, while positive results for Charlton and Luton, who sit 21st and 22nd respectively on 48 points, would send Barnsley down.

Luton host Blackburn while Charlton are away at champions Leeds. The Addicks are only currently out of the drop zone because of their far superior goal difference, which is 18 better than Luton’s.

With Birmingham and Middlesbrough just two points ahead of them, wins for Charlton and Luton could be enough to stave off relegation.

Middlesbrough visit Sheffield Wednesday, while Birmingham host Derby.

Wigan in 13th may appear to be safe from the drop but they are another club who look set to need three points on Wednesday.

The administration-hit Latics are on 58 points but, with a 12-point deduction hanging over them, they could yet finish in the bottom three and will need to beat Fulham and hope other results go in their favour to guarantee safety. They have, however, lodged an appeal against the points penalty.

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‘He could get a standing ovation at ANFIELD’: Robertson praises on Rashford for school meals work

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If fans have returned by January 16, when Manchester United travel to Anfield in the Premier League, Andy Robertson thinks Marcus Rashford could receive a standing ovation from the Kop.    

The striker become football’s star of lockdown when he successfully lobbied the Government to reverse its decision on ending the free school meals scheme amid the pandemic. 

Robertson himself gave a crucial donation to Glaswegian helpline Back Onside, and is setting up his own AR26 charity, aiming to help those less fortunate through football.  

Liverpool star Andy Robertson was impressed by Marcus Rashford's lockdown off-field work

Liverpool star Andy Robertson was impressed by Marcus Rashford's lockdown off-field work

Liverpool star Andy Robertson was impressed by Marcus Rashford’s lockdown off-field work

The Manchester United striker set about lobbying the Government over free school meals

The Manchester United striker set about lobbying the Government over free school meals

The Manchester United striker set about lobbying the Government over free school meals

Rashford's success leads Robertson to believe Anfield could applaud the striker when he visits

Rashford's success leads Robertson to believe Anfield could applaud the striker when he visits

Rashford’s success leads Robertson to believe Anfield could applaud the striker when he visits

Robertson was also involved in Jordan Henderson’s Players Together fund during lockdown, and was highly impressed with the work of his rivals’ front-man too.  

‘The two words that everyone’s saying (during the pandemic) are “Marcus Rashford”‘, the left-back told the Times.  

‘He made politicians overturn the decision (not to extend free school meals) because he wanted every kid to get fed. What he’s done was amazing, outstanding.

‘Once the fans are back in, Marcus Rashford could be the first Man United player to get a standing ovation here. 

Robertson made his own contributions for those struggling during lockdown in Glasgow

Robertson made his own contributions for those struggling during lockdown in Glasgow

Robertson made his own contributions for those struggling during lockdown in Glasgow 

‘He’d definitely deserve it because thousands of families are getting fed now.’ 

After applauding him Liverpool would quickly have to turn their attention to stopping Rashford when they face-off, with the Englishman stepping-up on the pitch as well as off it last season. 

Virgil van Dijk will be the principle centre-back charged with marking Rashford, but the powerful Dutchman got his season off to a rocky start last weekend.  

The former Ballon d’Or runner-up conceded three goals and was at fault for Patrick Bamford’s 30th minute equaliser in a 4-3 victory over newly-promoted Leeds United, but Robertson was keen to remind viewers of the centre-back’s world class quality.  

Virgil van Dijk had a rocky start to his Premier League season but his team-mate is backing him

Virgil van Dijk had a rocky start to his Premier League season but his team-mate is backing him

Virgil van Dijk had a rocky start to his Premier League season but his team-mate is backing him

‘When he makes a mistake everyone’s shocked and that shows how good a player he is,’ Robertson added. 

‘It’s a bit like when Lionel Messi misses a chance.

‘He has the whole package as a centre back: so strong in the air, physical, fast, good on the ball, a leader, he commands. He’s amazing to play with.’

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Edouard Mendy ‘has said his goodbyes to Rennes team-mates’ ahead of his imminent move to Chelsea

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Edouard Mendy has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Rennes team-mates ahead of his imminent move to Chelsea.

The 28-year-old has been pursued by the Blues as manager Frank Lampard wants a new goalkeeper to usurp much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga as his No 1.

And L’Equipe claim the player has informed the Rennes squad that the deal is set to be completed.

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is close to completing a move to Chelsea, says his agent

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is close to completing a move to Chelsea, says his agent

Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is close to completing a move to Chelsea, says his agent

Talks with Mendy’s club Rennes have been ongoing but according to his agent Djily Dieng a significant breakthrough has happened over the past few days.

‘The deal with Chelsea is almost done. Only the formalisation is remaining,’ he told Extra Time on Thursday afternoon as per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano

‘It could be completed even in the next hours’.

Mendy is set to become the seventh signing in an extraordinary summer of spending for Chelsea after Sportsmail revealed at the weekend they had agreed a £25million fee with the Ligue 1 side.

The 28-year-old is set to join Chelsea in a £25m deal - as Frank Lampard looks for a new No 1

The 28-year-old is set to join Chelsea in a £25m deal - as Frank Lampard looks for a new No 1

The 28-year-old is set to join Chelsea in a £25m deal – as Frank Lampard looks for a new No 1

Mendy was initially pulled out of training on Friday after Chelsea’s bid was accepted and was subsequently left out of Rennes’ 4-2 victory against Nimes on Sunday.

Chelsea conceded 54 goals in 38 Premier League games last season and manager Frank Lampard wants Mendy to help eradicate such a poor record.

His arrival would take Chelsea’s outlay this summer beyond £250m following the purchases of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva  and Kai Havertz.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the Blues current No 1 but he is much-maligned after several mistakes

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the Blues current No 1 but he is much-maligned after several mistakes

Kepa Arrizabalaga is the Blues current No 1 but he is much-maligned after several mistakes

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12pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar deal ‘this window’, Partey boost as Simeone calls Torreira, Raya LATEST

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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year deal at the Emirates.

And there is good news on the Gunners’ transfer pursuit of Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

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