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Who Looks Best Placed to Make the Premier League Next Season?

The Championship is considered one of the most competitive leagues anywhere in Europe. However, the reward for whoever does snap up one of the three promotion places is an entry into the lucrative Premier League.

Here is a look at the teams who are best placed to pick up promotion from the Championship this season.


Burnley started the calendar year in 2023 as the Championship leaders. They have had an excellent opening half to the season and the Lancashire club are now 4/11 in the Championship betting odds for the title.

Vincent Kompany’s side are often one of the teams favoured in the Championship predictions as they have been very consistent this season. The Clarets have lost just two of their opening 27 games in the division.

Burnley finished 18th in the Premier League standings last season. It does not look like they will be away from the top flight for more than one year. With Kompany in charge, their supporters will be confident they can prove competitive next season should they return to the Premier League.

Sheffield United

The Blades have taken 54 points from their opening 27 games. If they continue at an average of two points per game, it is likely to be enough to earn an automatic promotion place.

Sheffield United finished fifth in the Championship last season, which was enough to earn a spot in the playoffs. They were beaten by Nottingham Forrest in a penalty shoot-out to the eventual Wembley winners.

Through the opening 27 games of this season’s Championship campaign, Paul Heckingbottom’s side have conceded fewer goals than any other team. Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has been in excellent form between the sticks.


Watford have been labelled as a yo-yo team in recent seasons, as in each of the last four years, they have not played in the same division in consecutive seasons. They will continue that trend if they gain promotion in May.

The Hornets are one of around six teams that will be trying to chase down Burnley and Sheffield United. They will need a strong end to the season if they are to finish in the top two.

Should they give miss out on an automatic spot, Watford will have a strong chance of qualifying for the playoffs. They won the Championship playoffs in 1999 and 2006, while in 2013, they were beaten in the final by Crystal Palace.


Since Michael Carrick took over the reins at Middlesbrough from Chris Wilder, the North East-based club have won eight of their 12 matches, which have helped them rocket up the standings.

Boro have the strongest goalscorer in the Championship after 27 games this season with Chuba Akpom. The Englishman has scored 13 goals in 19 matches. The former Arsenal man could prove key to their promotion push this season, as they bid to get back to the Premier League for the first time in six years.

The final round of fixtures in the 2022/23 Championship season takes place on the 8th of May.

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