With both the Barclay’s Premier League and Sky Bet Championship seasons coming to a climax, it is still not clear who will gain promotion to the English first division. TFF analyses the chances of those currently competing to gain promotion to the Barclays Premier League, and discusses who we think will get promoted.
By far and away the most consistent club in the Championship this season, Burnley extended their unbeaten run to 18 games on Saturday in a slightly shaky 1-0 win at home to Leeds. The Clarets have scored an impressive 64 goals this season, thanks to the help of Sam Vokes and Andre Grey, making Sean Dyche’s men our favourites to go up as champions this year.
A slight dip in form has meant that Middlesbrough fell from the top of the table. However, Boro still remain 4 points clear of nearest-placed Brighton in 3rd, meaning they are for the time being relatively comfortable. With the best defence in the league, we expect Middlesbrough to gain automatic promotion this year.
Brighton and Hove Albion
Despite going 21 games unbeaten at the start of the season, Brighton failed to put together any form in the second half of the season that would suggest they would go up automatically. Despite being unbeaten in 8 and with the play-offs almost guaranteed, we do not expect Brighton to have the quality to go up this season.
After being relegated from the Premier League, Hull City were many people’s favourites to gain promotion straight away back to the Premier League. However, Hull are currently going through their worst patch of form at the least convenient time, meaning the Tigers have only won 2 of their last 9 league matches. Despite this, we would consider Hull to have the quality to challenge and beat any team in this division on their day, and so we expect them to gain promotion via the play-offs back to the Premier League.
Despite having a habit of ‘bottling’ their play-off chances, there is no denying that Derby have one of the best squads in the league. Having spent almost £25M in the summer, the play-offs would be the minimum expectation from such a strong squad. However, they have showed signs of inconsistency throughout the season, conceding 38 goals this campaign. Although strong, we are not certain that Derby will be promoted this season.
Despite a poor 4-0 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday, Sheffield Wednesday have had an impressive season. Carlos Carvalhal’s men have only lost 9 matches this season and have been in impressive goal-scoring form, netting the most goals this season behind only Burnley and Fulham. Wednesday are many people’s dark horses for promotion this season, both due to formidable attack and a recent surge in momentum. However, we think that this task may be slightly too difficult for a team which has been accustomed to mid-table finishes in the last few seasons.