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Running the Rule Over the Championship Teams in Line for Promotion to the EPL for 2024/25

The general consensus is that the gap between the EPL and the Championship is widening, which is perhaps evidenced by the struggles of promoted sides Sheffield United and Burnley in 2023/24.

Luton Town are making a good fist of staying up, but it’s still possible that all three sides promoted from the Championship last season could yet be relegated at the first time of asking.

So good luck to those currently in contention for promotion in 2023/24… you might just need it.

The Main Contenders

The Championship betting odds have Leicester City as short as 1/14 to gain promotion back to the EPL after just one season away – be it as champions, runners-up or via the play-offs.

The Foxes started the campaign like a train under new head coach Enzo Maresca, with talk of all-time records being broken by a side that won 12 of their opening 13 Championship games.

But that air of invincibility has well and truly dissipated, with Leicester winning just three of their ten games played between mid-February and mid-April.

Maresca’s men may yet enjoy promotion, despite their late-season woes, however they may – pending investigations into their alleged financial misdemeanours – start the 2024/25 campaign on a minus points tally… good luck with that.

Leeds United are another side seeking an immediate return to the EPL, although their season has also hit the skids at the wrong time. Between January 1 and April 1, the Yorkshire outfit won 13 of the 15 games they played – but a run of three without victory thereafter has rather undermined their positive progress.

As for Ipswich Town, they would be the ‘people’s choice’ for promotion, you fancy. Something of an underdog – they were playing in League One last term – the Tractor Boys have ploughed their way through the second tier, scoring a mammoth 85 goals in their opening 43 games of the season.

But a fragility in defence – they’ve shipped 53 goals in those 43 outings – reveals the area they must improve upon if they are to secure promotion and survive in the EPL next term.

The Pretenders

The play-offs: where dreams are made and hearts broken.

Southampton will likely make it to the dreaded mini-tournament, with a season somewhat mimicking that of Leicester and Leeds – a run of 22 games unbeaten between September and February giving way to a formline of W5 D2 L4 thereafter.

Assuming they qualify, West Brom look likely to head into the play-offs with some momentum behind them. The Midlanders embarked on a ten-game unbeaten run from the end of February to the middle of April, catapulting themselves up the Championship table.

The Baggies scored two or more goals in eight of those ten games, keeping six clean sheets along the way too. They would head into the play-offs as the form horses.

The sixth and final play-off place will probably go to Norwich City – no mean feat for a side that conceded 60 goals in their opening 43 games of the campaign.

But the Canaries, led by a coach in David Wagner who has enjoyed promotion from the Championship before, are at least hitting form at the right time of the season.

Whoever ends up getting promoted, the recent history of the teams that ascend from the Championship suggests they will have their work cut out next term.

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