Which teams could join the biggest soccer league in the world next year?


The English Championship is by far the biggest second-tier league on the planet, mainly because it grants entry into the Premier League for three clubs per season.

The league is renowned for being incredibly competitive, with a wide range of players competing for the leading clubs that possess top-flight quality. This year the Championship is arguably the strongest it has ever been with the relegated Premier League clubs maintaining many of their key talents.

Which teams could be set to secure a place in the biggest league in the world for next season, in spite of the immense competition that they will face?

Leicester City

Leicester City have retained many of their long-term Premier League stars. Jamie Vardy still leads the line, with Wilfred Ndidi and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in midfield.

The Foxes have also added a pacey frontman in Stephy Mavididi in the summer transfer market. The Championship odds offer them as one of the promotion favorites at -150, due to the remarkable quality that remains in their squad. They are also seen as the most likely team to win the league title, they are offered at +188 when betting on football this season.

It was a catastrophe when Leicester’s relegation from the Premier League was secured back in May, but they are expected to bounce back immediately, as they are seen as the strongest team in a ridiculously competitive Championship at present.

Many of their loyal stars have stuck around to help them climb back to where they belong – at the peak of the English pyramid. The Foxes have even made smart signings in the form of experienced English internationals, defender Conor Coady and midfielder Harry Winks. All signs point to Leicester being comfortable league winners of the second tier this campaign.


Like the Foxes, Southampton have also retained many players that could operate at a higher level than their current division. Scotland international Che Adams spearheads the attack for the Saints supported by Adam Armstrong. Kyle Walker-Peters provides obvious Premier League quality at full-back and the signing of Ryan Fraser on loan from Newcastle United ensures they also have an experienced head on the left.

Southampton were emphatically beaten by title rivals Leicester 4-1 on matchday six of the season, but in the long haul, they are expected to provide the strongest opposition for the team managed by Enzo Maresca. The Saints are at least expected to wrap up an automatic promotion spot come next May.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town has remarkably emerged as one of the promotion favorites despite just being promoted from League One.

Conor Chaplin has proven he can provide an abundance of goals at the second-tier level, just like he did in the third-division. Jack Taylor looks to be an incredible signing from Peterborough United – he provides an incredible engine in the midfield and the technical ability to compete with the leading players in the league.

Former Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe has the potential to be one of the best in his position in the Championship if he can put his injuries behind him.

Ipswich do not have the greatest squad depth so they will need some luck with injuries overall if they are to achieve an incredible back-to-back promotion.

Overall the Premier League relegated duo are expected to climb back to biggest league in the world this year. Leicester especially are expected to enjoy a comfortable success of a campaign. Ipswich’s potential promotion however could provide an even bigger story.

The Championship is typically unpredictable, and there are sure to be other teams that force themselves into the promotion picture as the season goes on.

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