There should be five games remaining in the Championship. Leeds United should be on the cusp of booking their long-awaited return to the Premier League, Michael O’Neill should have all-but completed his Stoke City rescue mission.
Alas, four rounds of fixtures have already fallen by the wayside and everyone has to wait for the world to be safe again to figure out how and when those final nine games can, should or will be completed.
But – the Pools Panel stops for no pandemic.
The Saturday afternoon institution – which long featured Gordon Banks at the top table of experts predicting results for games that are postponed – has continued to operate in this time of international crisis.
They have assessed virtually every Premier League, EFL and international game that should have taken place since mid-March when the UK and Europe as we know it came to a sudden, frightening and grinding halt.
Our own panel of experts has adjudicated on the handful which the Pools Panel left off their long list.
So what we have here is how the Championship table should look on April 8, 2020.
As you can see, Leeds and West Bromwich Albion would likely have continued to set the pace in the race to get in the top flight. The pair are now 10 points clear of the rest of the pack, with Albion one point ahead of Leeds in the race for the title.
Fulham are as good as assured a spot in the play-offs but Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Brentford are holding off fights from Preston North End and Cardiff City to take their places in the top six.
At the bottom, Stoke are one point away from the magic 50 – but they are unlikely to need that many. They would have been nine clear of Charlton Athletic, who make up the relegation zone with Luton Town and Barnsley.
Hull City and Huddersfield Town are still looking over their shoulders.
But we’ve got all this to come in reality – hopefully… and hopefully sooner rather than later.
Experts’ verdicts on postponed matches
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol C – Away Win
Cardiff v Leeds United – Score Draw
Huddersfield v Wigan A – Away Win
Hull v Charlton – No Score Draw
Luton v Preston North End – Away Win
Middlesbrough v Swansea – Home Win
Millwall v Derby – Home Win
QPR v Barnsley – Home Win
Reading v Stoke – No Score Draw
Sheff Wed v Nott’m F – Away Win
West Brom v Birmingham – Home Win
Barnsley v Millwall – Away Win
Birmingham v Hull – Home Win
Brentford v West Brom – Away Win
Bristol C v Sheff Wed – Score Draw
Charlton v QPR – Away Win
Derby v Reading – Home Win
Leeds United v Fulham – Home Win
Nott’m F v Huddersfield – Home Win
Preston North End v Cardiff – Score Draw
Stoke v Middlesbrough – Home Win
Swansea v Luton – Home Win
Wigan A v Blackburn Rovers – No Score Draw
Barnsley v Blackburn Rovers – Score Draw
Hull v Middlesbrough – Away Win
Leeds United v Luton – Home Win
Millwall v Swansea – Home Win
Nott’m F v Bristol C – No Score Draw
QPR v Fulham – Away Win
Wigan A v Stoke – Home Win
Birmingham v Huddersfield – Home Win
Cardiff v Charlton – Home Win
Preston v Derby – Home Win
Reading v Brentford – Score Draw
Sheff Wed v West Brom – Away Win
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United – Away Win
Brentford v Wigan A – Home Win
Bristol C v Cardiff – Away Win
Charlton v Millwall – Away Win
Derby v Nott’m F – Score Draw
Fulham v Birmingham – Home Win
Huddersfield v Preston North End – No Score Draw
Luton v Reading – Home Win
Middlesbrough v QPR – Score Draw
Stoke v Barnsley – Home Win
Swansea v Sheff Wed – Home Win
West Brom v Hull – Home Win