Getting relegated from the Premier League can be one of the toughest things for a club.
While the Championship is a high-level competition, the financial realities of moving down a level can make earning promotion once again a challenge.
For Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion, it won’t be easy, but getting back to the English top flight is possible.
Perhaps the toughest road for a recently relegated team will be for Stoke City. Stoke was a goldmine for bettors who placed lay wagers against those who predicted high goal totals for Stoke on the Betfair Exchange. Their attack was anaemic in the 2017-2018 Premier League campaign, and it may be likely to get worse with the inevitable exodus of some Premier League quality players after their relegation.
Swansea City have an interesting season ahead, as they’ve made an adventurous coaching hire. They have brought in Graham Potter to run the squad, after Potter had a great run with Swedish side Ostersunds. Ostersunds made a deep run in the Europa League last season, one highlighted by a win at Arsenal despite the Gunners knocking them out of the competition on aggregate. Potter should be hungry to bring his team to the top flight, but the question is if his players can help him achieve that goal either by directly qualifying with a top two spot or through the playoff final, the richest game in the sport.
West Brom, meanwhile, have been Premier League mainstays for years until facing the drop at the end of this season. But they have had a disastrous start to their time as a Championship team, with personnel problems only compounding the financial hit that clubs take when dropping. While the club is getting a bonus from FIFA from having one of their players represent Egypt in the World Cup, that is not enough to offset the negatives that they have faced. Betfair football betting tips may be poised to go against the Baggies early in the Championship campaign due to the club’s turmoil.
As for the chances of these teams to get back to the Premier League, one would think that Swansea have the best chance to get back to the big time. But there are plenty of flaws in the top teams in the Championship that should give all three a chance to achieve their goal and return to the Premier League. For example, Aston Villa‘s difficulties in the transfer window may knock out a team that was in last year’s playoff final. That will open the door even wider for the three new Championship teams.
So many things can change over the course of a Championship campaign, and so many things can change during the transfer window leading up to the season. But there are going to be struggles for all of the teams starting anew in the Championship. Whether or not those teams can overcome their challenges remains to be seen, but it is sure to be an interesting season for Stoke, West Brom, and Swansea.