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Summary

  1. Leaders Watford go four points clear
  2. Four clubs chasing automatic promotion
  3. Middlesbrough & Norwich kick-off at 15:00 BST
  4. Second-placed Bournemouth play on Monday

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Will Watford's players be celebrating promotion later? That depends on the outcome of Middlesbrough's game at Fulham and Norwich's result at Rotherham. Both games kick-off at 15:00 BST and you can keep up to date with those matches as well as the rest of the action from the Premier League and Football League on the BBC Sport website. Thanks for your company.

  2. FULL-TIME

    Sheff Wed 1-2 Leeds

    All over. Leeds United's losing run has come to an end.

  3. Manager reaction

    Brighton 0-2 Watford

    Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic tells Sky Sports: "It's like we have played a semi-final and we have won the semi-final. Now we need to win the final. We have one game in front of us."

  4. Post update

    Brighton 0-2 Watford

    Watford's last match of the season? Home against Sheffield Wednesday on 2 May. If they don't secure automatic promotion, they will only have themselves to blame.

  5. Post update

    Brighton 0-2 Watford

    Promotion party? What promotion party? Troy Deeney tells Sky Sports that he plans to go to the cinema later to watch the Avengers.

  6. Post update

    Brighton 0-2 Watford

    Jubilant scenes in the Watford end. Goalscorer Troy Deeney goes over before removing his boots and giving them to a fan. A great souvenir.

  7. Post update

    Brighton 0-2 Watford

    So, Watford's return to the Premier League will be sealed if Middlesbrough lose at Fulham and Norwich fail to win at Rotherham. Both those games start at 15:00 BST.

  8. FULL-TIME

    Brighton 0-2 Watford

    Watford are four points clear at the top of the Championship with one game of their regular season remaining.

  9. GOAL

    Brighton 0-2 Watford - Matej Vydra (90+5mins)

    Is that the goal that sends Watford to the Premier League? Brighton have committed too many forward and a counter-attack leaves Matej Vydra in a one-against-one with David Stockdale. He calmly fires into the net sparking huge celebrations in the Watford end.

    Vydra scores against Brighton
  10. GREAT SAVE!

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Pin-ball in the Watford penalty area. Craig Mackail-Smith, who grew up supporting Watford, is about to poke the hosts level only for Heurelho Gomes to come charging off his line to snuff out the danger.

  11. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Five minutes of added time.

  12. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Clever work by Inigo Calderon presents Dale Stephens with a clear sight at goal. Is this the equaliser? Brighton fans are out of their seats but Stephens's first time effort along the ground is tame and Heurelho Gomes gathers easily.

  13. GOAL

    Sheff Wed 1-2 Leeds - Steve Morison (72 mins)

    Steve Morison gives Leeds the lead, firing home the rebound after Keiren Westwood saved his initial shot.

    There are 18 minutes left at Hillsborough.

  14. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Three minutes of normal time remaining. Tempers are threatening to boil over. So much for that testimonial feel earlier. Goalscorer Troy Deeney is deservedly booked for a cynical challenge on Joe Bennett.

  15. CLOSE!

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Chris O'Grady has been Brighton's most threatening player and the striker causes another moment of panic inside the Watford area after attacking Inigo Calderon's cross which bounces the wrong side of the post.

  16. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Watford remain on top. Flurry of late substitutes break up play. Brighton send on Inigo Calderon while Italian substitute Fernando Forestieri is on for Watford.

  17. TEN MINUTES REMAINING

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Ten minutes of normal time remaining.

    Brighton v Watford
  18. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Lucky Matthew Connolly. The Watford player clearly holds back Craig Mackail-Smith as he chases a long ball but the officials fail to spot the foul.

  19. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Troy Deeney almost has another goal following a corner but his effort, which is heading for the net, is blocked, the ball fizzing away for a corner.

  20. GOAL

    Sheff Wed 1-1 Leeds - Charlie Taylor (57 mins)

    Charlie Taylor levels it up at Hillsborough, scrambling home after a Luke Murphy free-kick hit the Wednesday wall, and Steve Morison set up the defender for his second goal of the season.

  21. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Just to remind you, Watford are four points clear of the 'as it stands' Championship table.

  22. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "Watford are in control of the game. There is no-one for Brighton who looks willing or able to run in behind their defence and stretch the play at the moment."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Greg Halford battles with Troy Deeney
  23. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Twenty minutes of normal time remaining. Watford are closing in on the Premier League.

  24. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Holes appearing more frequently in the Brighton defence as the hosts take more and more risks. The ball falls invitingly for Almen Abdi on the edge of the area but his attempted lob flies over the bar. That was a good chance for Watford.

  25. SUBSTITUTION

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Another burst of Spandau Ballet's 'Gold' from Watford fans as Odion Ighalo, who was involved in his side's goal, is being replaced by Matej Vydra.

  26. YELLOW CARD

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Booking for Watford's Craig Cathcart as Chris O'Grady is caught late as he tries to release Craig Mackail-Smith into the Watford box. Chris Hughton is screaming at his players to get forward.

    Chris Hughton urges his players forward
  27. KICK-OFF

    Sheff Wed 1 Leeds 0

    Back under way at Hillsborough.

  28. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "Craig Mackail-Smith is willing to chase down defenders and that could be what Brighton need. They had to do something different. Brighton have now gone to two up front."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  29. SUBSTITUTION

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Suddenly the home crowd comes to life as Craig Mackail-Smith comes on for Mustapha Carayol. Will that change inject some much needed urgency into Brighton's play?

  30. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Middlesbrough, Bournemouth and Norwich fans will not be happy with this. This has descended into something like a testimonial with very little sign of urgency from Brighton. It's all too comfortable for Watford.

  31. CLOSE!

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    How did that stay out? A huge chance for Watford to double their lead but Adlene Guedioura and Odion Ighalo get in one another's way with the net gaping allowing the home side to snuff out the danger.

  32. Post update

    Sheff Wed 1 Leeds 0

    It doesn't get any better for Leeds supporters. After dominating the opening half-hour, they saw their side fall behind to a Chris Maguire penalty.

    Neil Redfearn's side will have to be more clinical in front of goal in the second half with Alex Mowatt in particular guilty of failing to take a number of chances in the opening 45.

  33. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    There are 3,199 Watford fans inside the Amex. It sounds more like 30,000. The noise from the away end suggests they have started celebrating early.

  34. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "Watford have got the firepower up front and it looks like they will always cause Brighton problems."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  35. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Tidy start to the new half by the Hornets. Early shot from Almen Abdi sparks cries for a corner, but it went behind off team-mate Odion Ighalo. Then a free-kick by substitute Daniel Tozser flies narrowly over.

  36. HALF-TIME

    Sheff Wed 1 Leeds 0

  37. KICK-OFF

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    One hundred and thirty five minutes of the Football League season remaining for Watford. Four points clear at the top of the 'as it stands' table. We're back under way at the Amex.

  38. Post update

    Sheff Wed 1 Leeds 0

    Three minutes added time at the end of the first half at Hillsborough.

  39. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Stats

    Just look at the possession Brighton have enjoyed in the first half - 63% to Watford's 37%. It's no surprise to the locals who have seen their side dominate games but unable to make it count.

  40. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    With that in mind, Troy Deeney's 21st goal of the season means Watford are now +40 - two better than fourth-placed Norwich but still seven behind second-placed Bournemouth.

  41. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    So tight is the race for the Premier League that goal difference could play a huge part in deciding who goes up and who has to make do with the play-offs.

  42. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "Brighton have had to rely on a couple of long shots, but haven't got the ball into Watford's six-yard box."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  43. GOAL

    Sheff Wed 1 Leeds 0 - Chris Maguire (35 mins)

    Chris Maguire gives Sheffield Wednesday the lead from the spot in the Yorkshire derby after Lloyd Isgrove was brought down by Sam Byram.

    Leeds' Sol Bamba was booked for protesting.

    The goal comes against the run of play after Leeds had dominated the first half-hour. Neil Redfearn's side now facing the prospect of their sixth straight defeat.

  44. HALF-TIME

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    The half ends with a scare for Watford as Beram Kayal almost diverts a ball pumped into the area into the Watford net. Craig Cathcart just about does enough to put Kayal off.

  45. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Two minutes added time. The half is coming to a tame end. Watford don't care. It's a case of job done by the Hornets in the opening 45 minutes.

  46. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "Brighton need to switch the ball really quickly. The full-backs are getting space but they need to transfer the ball quicker."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  47. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Best thing about Troy Deeney's goal? The celebration from Watford's Brazilian keeper Heurelho Gomes. Unbridled joy.

  48. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Grant, Watford: A precious first-half goal for the Hornets - great finish Deeney and sweet assist by Ighalo

    Get involved on Twitter using #bbcfootball or post a comment on the MOTD Facebook page. You can also text in on 81111, but state your name and location.

  49. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    All the noise coming from the seats populated by yellow shirts. Watford have taken control and are dictating the pace.

  50. Post update

    Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Leeds United

    Leeds have had the better of the early stages in the Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough. Alex Mowatt had a clear opening after 60 seconds following a mistake by Tom Lees, but Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood saved. Mowatt has also gone close with a free-kick, while Luke Murphy failed to get enough power on a volley.

  51. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Watford's fans are celebrating as though promotion is guaranteed. It's not. Brighton come close to equalising as Chris O'Grady lets fly from 20-yards, Heurelho Gomes producing a magnificent flying save to keep it out. Watford's defence has gone to sleep.

  52. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    Watford are four points clear in the 'as it stands' table with around 150 minutes of their season remaining. The Premier League is within touching distance.

  53. Post update

    Brighton 0-1 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "You could see it coming, Brighton didn't clear it. The ball went high from Greg Halford's header. Deeney was there with a good finish and there was no chance for David Stockdale.

    "It was a tremendous first touch out of his feet and he will not miss from there. But this game sums up Brighton's season. Had lots of possession, not making it count and going behind."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Troy Deeney celebrates his opening goal
  54. GOAL

    Brighton 0-1 Watford - Troy Deeney (28 mins)

    D-E-E-N-E-Y. Scrappy stuff in the Brighton box as Greg Halford makes a hash of an attempted headed clearance and Odion Ighalo's clever touch allows Troy Deeney to smash home from close range.

    Troy Deeney opens the scoring for Watford
  55. SUBSTITUTION

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Slavisa Jokanovic has seen enough. There are just 25 minutes on the clock but Ikechi Anya's afternoon is over. The midfielder does not look injured as he is replaced by Daniel Tozser. There's a hug for Anya from Jokanovic but the player does not look overly happy about being dragged off.

    Slavisa Jokanovic
  56. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    There's plenty of movement on the Watford bench. Could Slavisa Jokanovic be contemplating an early change? He won't be particularly pleased with what he has seen so far. Greg Halford leaps high above the Hornets defence to head another Brighton chance over.

  57. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Happy beside the seaside? Not Watford. It's been uncomfortable for the Premier League hopefuls so far. Brighton are dominating midfield.

    Brighton press the ball forward against Watford
  58. Post update

    Sheff Wed 0-0 Leeds

    Leeds have lost their previous six games but hang on...a big chance for Alex Mowatt to put them ahead in the opening minute at Hillsborough. It's a decent effort but Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood saves well.

  59. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Watford are beginning to assert themselves but are lacking quality in the final third. Juan Carlos Paredes races away and there are three yellow shirts in the Brighton area awaiting his delivery. It's over-hit and a good opportunity is wasted.

  60. KICK-OFF

    Sheff Wed v Leeds (12:30 BST)

    Under way in the second early kick-off in the Championship at Hillsborough.

  61. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Brighton defender Guy Butters: "What I like from Mustapha Carayol is that he has the pace to take on his full-back, it was good control on his chest from Bennett, but he just flashed the volley wide. Brighton look up for the game."

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  62. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Brighton are not here to make up the numbers. Joe Bennett flashes another chance wide from distance. The hosts have started like a team chasing promotion - not anchored 20th in the table.

  63. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    That was a big chance for Troy Deeney. Had that gone in then the Hornets would be four points clear at the top of the 'as it stands' table.

  64. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Huge chance for Troy Deeney to put the visitors ahead but the Watford striker's powerful low shot from an angle is kept out by David Stockdale.

    Troy Deeney has a chance for Watford
  65. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Four straight league wins, unbeaten in the last eight away games. Impressive form from Watford coming into this but they have yet to demonstrate why they are gunning for promotion.

  66. Line-ups

    Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (12:30 BST)

    Sheffield Wednesday XI: Westwood, Buxton, Semedo, Maguire, Lavery, Lees, Helan, Maghoma, Lee, Isgrove, Vermijl.

    Leeds XI: S Taylor, Wootton, Bamba, Cooper, Berardi, Byram, Murphy, Austin, Mowatt, C Taylor, Morison.

  67. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Early nerves on show from those in Watford's colours. Brighton have made the better start and should really be in the lead. Chris O'Grady should have tested Heurelho Gomes at the very least.

  68. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    Brighton aren't hanging around, Lightning start by the hosts as Chris O'Grady has a 15-yard shot blocked before Dale Stephens tries to wiggle free inside the Hornets penalty area.

  69. KICK-OFF

    Brighton 0-0 Watford

    The game is under way after a minute's silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the Bradford City stadium fire in 1985.

  70. Post update

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Around 3,000 Hornets fans have made their way from Hertfordshire in the hope of a promotion party. All the noise is coming from the away end as the teams get ready for kick-off. Is this going to be a day to remember for Watford?

    Watford fans get ready for kick-off at Brighton
  71. LINE-UPS

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Brighton XI: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Halford, Bennett, Forster-Caskey, Stephens, Kayal, Carayol, O'Grady.

    Watford XI: Gomes, Angella, Cathcart, Connolly, Paredes, Abdi, Watson, Guedioura, Anya, Ighalo, Deeney.

  72. Post update

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Huge away backing for Watford. One end of the Amex is a sea of yellow as both teams make their way out. What a terrific atmosphere.

  73. Not rocket science for 'Rocket Man' Elton's Watford

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Maths

    Calculator? Tick. Abacas? Tick. Actually, the maths is quite simple for Watford. They will be promoted if they beat Brighton and other results, later in the day, go their way. Should they win and Middlesbrough lose and Norwich fail to win, then the first promotion from the Championship will be confirmed. Simple.

  74. Post update

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Build-up of Brighton against Watford is starting on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra followed by full commentary from 12:15 BST. Click the 'live coverage' tab above to listen.

  75. Brighton's role in promotion race

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    It hasn't been a good season for Brighton, who reached the play-offs last term. This campaign Sami Hyypia has come and gone while Chris Hughton has lost more matches than he has won since taking over at the end of December. Yet the Seagulls, who are still not mathematically safe fro relegation, can have a big say in who wins automatic promotion. Brighton's final match of the season next week? Away to third-placed Middlesbrough.

  76. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Watford fans, how are you feeling? Big game today.

    Lisa, Watford: Morning dragging horribly waiting for KO at the Amex. You Horns!!!

    Get involved on Twitter using #bbcfootball or post a comment on the MOTD Facebook page. You can also text in on 81111, but state your name and location.

  77. From manager chaos to brink of Premier League

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic

    It is pretty remarkable that Watford find themselves on the brink of the Premier League after the behind-the-scenes-chaos there earlier this season. Former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic is the Hornets' fourth manager this term. They started with Beppe Sannino but he resigned on 31 August amid reports of an unhappy squad. Oscar Garcia was appointed on 2 September but he quit for health reasons on 29 September. That paved the way for Billy McKinlay but he lasted just a few days before Jokanovic's appointment on 7 October.

  78. Team news

    Sheff Wed v Leeds (12:30 BST)

    Sheffield Wednesday make four changes at Hillsborough. Keiren Westwood is back in goal in place of Chris Kirkland, while Marnick Vermijl, Jacques Maghoma and Jose Semedo come in as Kamil Zayatte, Sam Hutchinson and Filipe Joaquim Melo Silva drop out.

    There's just one change for Leeds as Gaetano Berardi returns in place of Billy Sharp. Aidan White is on the bench after almost nine months out with a serious foot injury.

  79. The rivals

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    So what are Watford's promotion rivals up to today? Well, Middlesbrough, level on points with second-placed Bournemouth, will be backed by a huge away following at Fulham, while Norwich, fourth in the table and two points off automatic promotion, are also away at struggling Rotherham. Bournemouth do not play until Monday when they host Neil Lennon's Bolton.

  80. Post update

    Sheff Wed v Leeds (12:30 BST)

    Big action up in Yorkshire this lunchtime too as troubled Leeds make the short journey to Sheffield Wednesday, two teams with nothing to play for but pride. Leeds are looking to avoid a sixth straight league defeat while Wednesday are unbeaten in their last three matches. We'll bring you regular updates from Hillsborough.

  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    So, Watford's players could be on the M25 when they learn if they have been promoted. Which unusual places have you been when you have discovered your teams promotion/relegation? Tweet #bbcfootball,text 81111 (UK only) or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ pages.

  82. "Watford could be celebrating on M25"

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    M25

    BBC Sport Football League reporter Mark Clemmit: "With two games left, this could be the weekend we see teams going up and Watford could do it albeit in a scruffy and unsatisfactory way. If they win at Brighton in the early kick-off then they'll be looking at Norwich and Middlesbrough's results, and they could be on the M25 when they learn what has happened. The Championship promotion race has been truly enthralling. I still think you can back all top four teams to win their last two games."

  83. Cruyff, Elvis...Watford win promotion?

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Former Barcelona and Ajax manager Johan Cruyff is celebrating his 68th birthday, while Elvis Presley had his first USA No 1 with "Heartbreak Hotel" on this date in 1956. Will 25 April go down in Watford's history as the date they returned to the big time?

  84. A title race to remember

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Championship table

    One hundred and eighty minutes of the Championship season remaining, four teams going hammer and tongs for two automatic promotion spots. Have you ever known a finish like it?

    But 2,926 days and 418 weeks after their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed eight years ago, Watford will be back if they secure three points at the Amex Stadium, Middlesbrough lose and Norwich fail to win.

  85. Team news

    Brighton v Watford (12:15 BST)

    Brighton make four changes from the side that lost 2-1 at Wigan last Saturday as Lewis Dunk, Jake Forster-Caskey, Mustapha Carayol and Chris O'Grady all start. Watford change three of their starting line-up from the team that beat Birmingham 1-0 last week. Matthew Connolly is back after a hamstring injury, while Ikechi Anya and Odion Ighalo also play for Slavisa Jokanovic's side.

  86. Friends of Watford

    Jennifer Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston will probably never know the heartbreak suffered by Watford fans when they lost their Premier League place in 2007, nor will she ever care.

    The former Friends actress might be the owner of a bright yellow Hornets shirt - a gift from an interviewer during a trip to London - but Aniston has yet to be caught up by the tidal wave of promotion fever engulfing the Hertfordshire town.

    Defeat Brighton in their penultimate match of the season and "Rocket Man" Elton John could be reaching for the top flight stars. And Jennifer might, just might, be sporting Watford's colours on her next red carpet appearance.