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The Championship is set to be another year of unforgettable drama as the 2017/18 delivers some big-name clubs back in England’s second tier in the football pyramid.
Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City will hope for a swift return to the top flight, but the likes of Fulham, Wolves, Aston Villa and more will rightly feel they have more than a chance to gain promotion by the end of this campaign, too.
A typically ‘big club’ dropped into the Championship is far from a guarantee to come straight back up, as Aston Villa found out last season, throughout a tumultuous campaign. Newcastle managed to win the league, but only just, having being in battle with Brighton for top-spot all season long.
Sunderland, like their neighbours Newcastle a season prior, will rightly feel their chances of promotion are strong, despite the losses of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and striker Jermaine Defoe.
The aforementioned Aston Villa will feel they may know now enough about the slog of a 46 league game season to gain promotion, yet many pundits have questioned their move for John Terry, who has looked a shadow of his former self in recent years. You can follow the tables at http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/championship/table
Leeds are another intriguing prospect for the upcoming season, having defied recent expectations of mid-table mediocrity, coupled with times of chaos, with a resurgent season under the management of Garry Monk. Now under the management of Thomas Christiansen, Leeds are far more of an unknown package.
Promoted clubs Sheffield United, Bolton and Millwall won’t realistically make a play-off push and even established Championship outfits like Cardiff, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich, Brentford and QPR will require an extraordinary season to do anything but end up mid-table at best.
Other clubs expected to do well to avoid relegation include Barnsley, Burton Albion and Ipswich Town. Barnsleys’s Roberts and Josh Scowen left for Birmingham and QPR respectively, depleting their already quality-short squad. Watch live England Championship soccer matches and all latest live football streaming games and goal highlights at SportStreaming24
As for Burton Albion, Stephen Warnock and Jake Buxton have come in from Wigan, but are still expected to struggle badly this season under the tutelage of Nigel Clough. Finally, looking at Ipswich Town, it seems as if the 6-1 pre-season thrashing by Charlton has signalled a dark season ahead.
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