The Championship always offers plenty of entertainment and the upcoming 2022/23 season shouldn’t disappoint.
As is usually the case in the English second tier, the three teams relegated from the Premier League are expected to bounce straight back into the top flight.
However, the Championship can be a tough league to predict, with plenty of other clubs capable of putting up a serious challenge for promotion. Here is our preview of the 2022/23 Championship season:
Candidates for automatic promotion
Parachute payments have made it increasingly easier for relegated Premier League teams to do well when they enter the Championship.
Norwich City, Watford and Burnley all top the betting market, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in contention for promotion.
The Canaries will believe their chances of winning the title, having achieved the feat on the last two occasions they have played at this level.
However, they seem too short in bets given the strength of the competition, and there is better value to be had elsewhere.
Burnley appeal as the likely winners of the Championship, with new manager Vincent Kompany making some impressive additions to his squad.
Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United should also be competitive but are more likely to be in the play-off mix.
The hopes of the dams
The aforementioned trio are among a plethora of clubs who have a real chance of fighting their way into the top six this season.
Chris Wilder was a great managerial appointment by Middlesbrough, and he knows what it takes to get out of this split.
Their promotion hopes will be boosted if they can bring in a few decent forwards, but they should still be in play-off contention.
West Brom and Sheffield United also seem strong contenders for a play-off spot, with the Yorkshire outfit slightly favored.
Other play-off hopefuls Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers could be well worth watching as the season progresses.
QPR have recruited well this summer, while Rovers’ spirited performance against Celtic in pre-season suggests they could be in contention.
Rotherham United are the favorites for an immediate return to Ligue 1, and they look set for a tough season in the Championship.
The loss of striker Michael Smith to Sheffield Wednesday is a blow to their survival hopes, and their new signings look largely unimpressive.
Wigan Athletic, Reading and Bristol City could also find things difficult next season, but Birmingham City should stay out of trouble once their ownership situation is resolved.
A cry from left field for relegation candidates could be Huddersfield Town – a team that defied expectations to reach the play-offs last season.
Manager Carlos Corberan left the club this summer, while the loss of some key players has significantly weakened his squad.
It’s worth remembering that Huddersfield have battled relegation in the previous two seasons – a similar fate could await them this time around.
Three players to watch
Some extremely talented players will ply their trade in the league next season. We’ve selected three that we think are worth watching.
Gabriel Sara – City of Norwich
Sara is expected to play a key role as Norwich bid to win the Championship for the third time in five seasons.
The Brazilian midfielder joined the Canaries from Sao Paulo for £6million and will inject some much-needed quality into their engine room.
With plenty of room for improvement, the 23-year-old should be an exciting addition once he settles into the Championship.
Scott Twine – Burnley
Twine was one of the standout players in Ligue 1 last season, registering 20 goals and 13 assists in 44 appearances as MK Dons reached the play-offs.
He was unable to help the Dons win promotion but fully deserve the opportunity to test himself at a higher level with Burnley.
The Clarets have made some exciting signings this summer, and Twine could prove to be the pick of the bunch.
John Buckley – Blackburn Rovers
It’s been a big season for Buckley as he tries to demonstrate why he attracted interest from Premier League clubs last term.
The 22-year-old played regularly under former manager Tony Mowbray and is expected to play a key role under new boss Jon Dahl Tomasson.
If Buckley can add some consistency to his performances, he could be the catalyst for Rovers to fight their way into the playoffs.
Championship 2022/23 Predictions
- Automatic promotion: Burnley and Norwich.
- Play off: Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, QPR, West Brom.
- Relegated: Rotherham, Wigan, City of Bristol.
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