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2016/2017 Promotion Tips

Who do we think will win promotion to the Premier League this season? Our expert Dean Smith has predicted how the table will look in May 2017.

Here's THE Predicted table
The Championship is one of the most exciting leagues in world football and the 2016-2017 campaign promises to be more competitive than ever.

With Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United coming down from the Premier League, the race for promotion is set to be extremely tight with EVERY single team in with a chance before the big kick-off.

Getting underway on the 6th August 2016, the Championship season will be full of twists and turns throughout and we're here to bring you match previews, live streams and fantastic coverage.

Dean's pre-season views

It’s bound to be an enthralling season of football in the second tier of the English pyramid once again this season. With a few huge clubs relegated from the Premier League last season and in Burton Albion a club competing at this level for the first time, there is sure to be plenty of drama once more as teams fight to get back in the big time or battle for survival in the second tier.

The early favourites for the trophy are unsurprisingly Newcastle United. Having blitzed the second tier the last time they were relegated from the Premier League, the Magpies will have the biggest attendances, biggest budget and most famous manager in the Championship this term in the shape of former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez.

Also looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt are Norwich City and Aston Villa. Villa’s new boss Roberto Di Matteo has experienced this division before, winning promotion with West Bromwich Albion earlier in his career and he’ll be looking to add some experience and quality to his squad before the season begins. Alex Neil at Norwich City will also be hoping to learn from last year’s relegation as he looks to take the Canaries up from the Championship for the second time in his career.

There will be plenty of other teams with their eyes on promotion this term too. Derby County have been on the verge of success in this tier for some time, whilst Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield Wednesday will both be looking to put the disappointment of last season’s play-off heartbreak behind them heading into the new campaign.

Newly promoted Burton Albion will be competing at this level for the first time in their history under the stewardship of Nigel Clough, the manager who got them promoted into the Football League for the first time. Wigan Athletic and Barnsley have more experience at this level, and they’ll need to make it count over the course of the season.

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Championshop 16/17 Dates

Key Championship Dates

Season Starts6th August 2016
Season Finishes 7th May 2017
Championship Play-off Final 29th May 2017

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