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Cardiff City is Premier League; Playoffs, relegation set

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Cardiff City is going back up to the top flight.

City sends its headline-making owner Vincent Tan back into the Premier League, where the Bluebirds would become the second Welsh team should Swansea City avoid relegation.

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Cardiff City opened the door with a scoreless first half, but Fulham politely declined to put any pressure on the Bluebirds by conceding twice in the first 45 minutes against relegation-threatened Birmingham City en route to a 3-1 loss. Cardiff drew Reading 0-0.

Cardiff was relegated from the Premier League after one season, 2013-14.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have already been promoted as Championship winners, while the playoffs begin next week.

The battle for the final spot in the Premier League will feature No. 3 Fulham, who was beaten by Birmingham City, against No. 6 Derby County, and a match-up between No. 4 Aston Villa and No. 5 Middlesbrough.

As for the relegated clubs, as results for Birmingham and Bolton Wanderers avoid a final day drop.

Bolton’s survival was quite unbelievable. Adam Le Fondre put the Wanderers ahead of Nottingham Forest in the second half, but Ben Osborn and Jack Colback scored nine minutes apart to put Bolton back in the Bottom Three. Yet David Wheater and Aaron Wilbraham scored in the 87th and 88th minutes to send the Macron Stadium into elation.

Burton Albion and Barnsley join Sunderland in heading down to League One.

Wolverhampton Wanderers promoted to Premier League

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Sunday will be a party at the Molineux when Wolverhampton Wanderers host Birmingham City in a 7 am. ET kickoff.

That’s because Wolves are back in the Premier League after a six-year hiatus, clinching top flight status while at home on their proverbial couches (and probably in some cases on actual couches).

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Brentford scored late to draw third-place Fulham, who can no longer catch the Championship leaders (since November!).

Wolves have a fantastic history, having thrice won the English top flight (predating the Premier League era) with a total of 14 Top Three finishes. It’s won four FA Cups, two League Cups, and was the runner-up in the 1972 UEFA Cup.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is in his first season as a manager in England, and has become known as an electric character. He’s previously managed Porto, Valencia, and Rio Ave.