We’re entering the final weeks of the 2010-11 season, and there’s still a lot to play for in the Premier League. But one of the biggest prizes to be decided is which club from the nPower Championship will qualify to play in the Premier League next season through the Championship play-off system.
We already know that Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and Norwich City, two classic teams, will be playing in the Premier League next season. But the competition to decide who will be the third team to be promoted begins its journey this week. With the Championship season now over, the third place team will play the sixth place team in a home and away semi-final, while the fourth place team will play the fifth place team. The two teams who advance will then play in the final where the winner will advance to the Premier League, while the loser will play in the Championship again next season.
You can just imagine how spectacular these semi-finals are as well as the final with so much on the line. The final is often more entertaining than a FA Cup Final and typically features plenty of goals and end-to-end action.
For those of us in the United States, we haven’t had the pleasure of watching these games live until recently. The Championship playoffs used to be something we’d follow on minute-by-minute text commentary or via some obscure Internet radio station. Setanta then showed some of the games while they were in business in the States. But now, thankfully, EPL Talk can reveal that Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv will show the playoff semi-finals as well as the Championship playoff final live.
Here’s the schedule of when you can watch the games:
Thursday, May 12:
- Nottingham Forest vs Swansea City, 2:45pm ET, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
Friday, May 13:
- Reading vs Cardiff City, 2:45pm ET, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
Monday, May 16:
- Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest, 2:45pm ET, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
Tuesday, May 17:
- Cardiff City vs Reading, 2:45pm ET, Fox Soccer Plus and FoxSoccer.tv
Monday, May 30:
- Swansea City vs Reading, Fox Soccer Channel and FoxSoccer.tv
With all of the games being played on weekdays, FoxSoccer.tv may be your best bet to catch all of the action from the comfort of your desktop or laptop screen. FoxSoccer.tv is just $14.99 per month and also provides you with live access to most of the major Premier League matches between now and the end of the season (see schedule here). Learn more today.
Out of the four Championship teams competing to advance to the Premier League, which one would you like to see promoted to the Premier League and why? Share your opinions in the comments section below.
For more comprehensive coverage of the nPower Championship, visit our sister site Championship Talk with excellent articles by Kristian Downer.