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Swansea and Cardiff guaranteed play-off spots

With both our Championship sides now guaranteed play-off places at least, our sports correspondent Richard Morgan ponders the prospects of Cardiff and Swansea as they close in on the promised land of the Premier League.

There’ve seldom been finishes to the season as exciting as this one, with both Cardiff and Swansea in with a real shot at reaching football’s big time.

Swansea’s hopes will almost certainly entail going through the play-offs, given the six points separating them and the second automatic spot. No team will relish a trip to the Liberty Stadium, where the Swans have lost just 3 of their 22 games this season, and where they’ve banged in 11 goals in their last 4 outings. Though an away record featuring just eight victories all term does suggest they’re rather more vulnerable on the road.

Cardiff could still make the automatic places with two games left, though they need Norwich to slip up somewhere along the line. Canary nerves were certainly fluttering against Derby on Easter Monday, before a Simeon Jackson goal clinched a 3-2 win with 96 minutes on the clock.

On such moments do seasons turn, but Bluebirds fans will hope there are still twists and turns to come in this rollercoaster season.

Their team need to do their bit by beating Middlesbrough on Monday, an outcome which would turn the heat up on their rivals before their game at Portsmouth later that evening. Then it’s off to Burnley for the traditional nerve shredding last Saturday of the season.

Whichever way it goes, it probably won’t be easy watching.

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