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Championship relegation odds

Championship relegation odds

Championship relegation 2017/2018

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A new season in the Championship will start with the eyes on the three promotion spots that are awarded. However, for some teams, that’s a fight way too far of their expectations. The real battle lies in the bottom of the table and has the objective of avoiding the three last positions, which will relegate those teams to the EFL League One.

This may be the case specifically for the three new promoted teams. Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Millwall FC may use this season to stabilize themselves in the league. However, that’s no easy task. Of these teams, Bolton may be the team in the best situation, having bounced back from the EFL League One in one season, after the relegation from the 15/16 season, still they’ll have to prove this over a long tournament.  Sheffield United, a historic team, will make their comeback after four seasons, and might have a harder time, having to re-build a squad that’s up to the competition standards even after a very successful past season. Millwall has the weakest team from the three promoted teams, and has less financial means to sign the necessary players to fight in a very competitive league.

From the teams that remain from the past season, the most complicated with the relegation is Burton Albion. The Brewers will have to do an astonishing pre-season if they want to keep their position in the league. With one of the weaker squads, and with some players leaving or returning to their teams after the loans, it’s hard to see how they’ll handle this new league. The last season they saved themselves only for one point and not exactly displaying the best football of the league. Manager Nigel Clough will have to assemble a new team again and that’s always a risk.

Barnsley is the other team compromised. Although they had a good season, they lost some important players during the January window, and will have a though transition for this season. The team lacked of a consistent performance, especially in the second part of the tournament, and if that’s continues they’ll have a hard fight in the bottom of the league.

Preston North End is losing some of the key players that helped Simon Grayson to achieve a very good season. Replacing them might be difficult, if we have in mind that Preston isn’t the wealthiest team of the league and will have to compete for the same players with the other teams.

There are also some important teams who will have to do a lot better if they’ll want to have a calm season this team. Nottingham Forest was on the verge of relegation, saving their place only by goal difference with Blackburn Rovers. They have a good squad, but some of the high points of the season might be leaving, with the forward Britt Assombalonga (14 goals in 32 matches) linked with several clubs. Ipswich Town is in the same spot, with a good squad which performed below the expectations, they’ll have to bring some new blood to avoid the relegation fight this time.