Championship Season Preview 2018/2019

Championship Season Preview 2018/2019

Yet another interesting Championship campaign is on the horizon. Swansea City, Stoke City and WBA aim to secure a quick return to the English top flight, but that is easier said than done.

Last season the likes of Wolverhampton, Cardiff City and Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League and this time out Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Stoke City are considered main favourites to secure a top-two finish.

Stoke City chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, but it has to be noted that Switzerland ace Xherdan Shaqiri joined Liverpool.

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The likes of Ashley Williams, Tom Ince and Benik Afobe signed for Stoke City in the summer and seeing that Joe Allen, Saido Berahino, and Choupo-Moting are still part of the team, it is no surprise the Potters are seen as main candidates for automatic promotion. Gary Rowett will be in charge of the team in the 2018/2019 Championship season.

Middlesbrough did well to make it to the Championship play-offs last term, but they eventually failed to return to the English elite division. Tony Pulis’ men are eager to make amends for the “unsuccessful” season and seeing that the likes of Assombalonga and Downing are still part of the team, the Boro are definitely capable of securing a top-two finish. You should bear in mind that Manchester United product Paddy McNair joined the club in the summer transfer window.

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Nottingham Forest were struggling in the Championship in the last few seasons. The Reds finished the 2017/2018 campaign in 17th place in the standings, but it seems as if the club chiefs now want to bring glory days back to City Ground. The club owners did well to sign several high-profile footballers in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Hillel Soudani, Gil Dias and Lewis Grabban joinining the Reds. Aitor Karanka is still in charge of the team and, no doubt, he is capable of recording a good result with Forest in the 2018/2019 Championship season.

Leeds United, Swansea City, Aston Villa, Derby County, Brentford and Sheffield United could play important roles in the upcoming season as well, whereas Bolton and Rotherham United are seen as main candidates for relegation.

Bolton were having their ups and downs in the Championship last season, but they eventually managed to secured the survival. However, the Trotters will have to be at their sharpest in each and every game in the upcoming season if they are to repeat the success.

Rotherham United impressed in the League One play-offs last term, but the lack of top-class footballers could prove to be the team’s biggest problem on their return to the English second tier.

Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers return to the Championship as well and they will surely be highly motivated when they square off against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town respectively on the opening day of the season.

The new Championship campaign starts on August 3, 2018, with Reading and Derby County facing each other at Madejski Stadium.

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