It is often said that the teams who are promoted to the English Premier League will find it hardest to remain in the EPL come the end of the football season. However, this assertion doesn’t necessarily hold any longer, with the recent mega TV rights deals injecting all EPL clubs with billions of pounds to spend on new players and salaries.
In the 2017/18 football season, all promoted clubs from the Championship kept their EPL status with Swansea City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion all going down. The year before, in the 2016/17 football season, Middlesbrough and Hull City joined Sunderland after all three were relegated to the Championship. All in all, in the past two seasons, two out of six teams who got promoted to the EPL from the Championship, were eventually relegated to the Championship after one year in the top flight. This shows that promoted teams from the Championship are beginning to adapt to the playing style and success of other ‘veteran’ EPL teams.
However, can this still be true for the latest three teams to be promoted to the EPL last season? With some betting picks already around, we will take a closer look at each Championship promoted team’s survival chances, weighing up some pros and cons and should you fancy a punt, you can bet on football here.
Pros: Under the stewardship of Portuguese coach, Nuno Espírito Santo, Wolves look like the team most likely to stay up out of the three Championship promoted sides. Their aggressive style of football accommodated with a high up the pitch stance is a match for any of the Top 6 football teams in the EPL. Add to this the involvement of super-agent Jorge Mendes and the Chinese owners who have brought in some exceptional players, with the surprise signing of João Moutinho from Monaco, the icing on the Pasteis de Nata tart of a strong looking side.
Cons: It is hard to say how this team will fare come the end of the season, as this is their first taste of EPL football for a very long time. Perhaps waiting until the end of the busy Christmas and New Year period will help to determine in which direction Nuno’s team are heading.
Pros: Not much really, the reason being that manager Neil Warnock was not supported during the Summer window transfer market, only bringing below average players that aren’t going to give the required results.
Cons: The players, the manager and the owner. Not looking good at all.
Prediciton: Going Down
Pros: Fulham look like a decent side under ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv manager, Slaviša Jokanović. They have managed to keep promising youngster Ryan Sessegnon off Tottenham Hotspur, for now, which should help them gain some valuable points over the course of the season. Their star man now is Serbian striker, Aleksandar Mitrović, who seems to be scoring left right and centre.
Cons: The squad looks a little thin on the ground, so any injury to one of their key players can derail the team a lot.
Prediciton: Safe, just.