After the Easter fixtures, Sheffield United are now just three points behind Championship leaders Norwich City.

The Blades had the perfect weekend, beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 on Good Friday and then Hull City 3-0 on Easter Monday.

With Leeds United losing both of their games – 2-1 to Wigan Athletic and 2-0 to Brentford – the Blades could effectively be promoted to the Premier League this Saturday.

They host already relegated Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane knowing a win should secure their place back in the top flight. That is because Leeds currently trail them by three points and have a minus 10 worse goal difference.

Until now, it looked as if Norwich would win the league and Chris Wilder and Marcelo Bielsa’s sides would fight it out for second. Yet after the Canaries drew both of their Easter matches, could a title race now be on?

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The permutations

As already mentioned, the Blades host bottom-placed Ipswich this Saturday. Win that and promotion is basically confirmed, regardless of what Leeds do at home against Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Norwich host Blackburn Rovers. Their goal difference is currently one goal worse than the Blades’. If they win, anything other than a victory for Wilder’s men will see them lift the title.

If the Blades triumph, then the title race will go down to the final game. For the Canaries, that is a potentially tricky trip to Villa – who have just won their tenth straight league game.

For the Blades, they travel to Stoke City. If Norwich have beaten Blackburn then they will only need a point to finish first. A defeat could see it go down to goal difference.

It would be a remarkable – and quite frankly, unlikely – outcome if the Blades were to win the Championship, but credit to Wilder and his players for even being in this position at this stage of the season.

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