Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview

The72: Championship Season Preview

The Relegation Battle

Ipswich Town (Prediction – 24th)

Ipswich Town look set for relegation to League One unless they have a miraculous turn of fortunes at the turn of this season.

Ipswich’s side has been bolstered by the arrival of Bersant Celina from Manchester City and Dominic Iorfa from Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan whilst Joe Garner has joined from Rangers on a permanent deal.

Although these signings offer promise, they may not be enough to save Ipswich from relegation. The Tractorboys’ team appears to be very weak in a very strong Championship and relegation seems destined for the Portman Road outfit; bar a miraculous change of fortunes.

Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview

Burton Albion (Prediction – 23rd)

Although the Brewers managed to avoid relegation back into League One last season, they may not be so fortunate this season.

Nigel Clough’s men have some hope in ex-Ross County and SPL top scorer Liam Boyce who has signed at the Pirelli for a club record fee in a side that desperately needs goals. The arrival of Stephen Warnock offers some experience in a Burton Albion side that will need all the know-how it can get in order to stay up.

With the newly promoted League One sides looking strong and Burton struggling to attract many players and having a small squad; it could be a worrying campaign for the Brewers.

Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview

Barnsley (Prediction – 22nd)

Although Barnsley managed to do very well last season, they’ve lost a lot of key players since the turn of the new most notably in the case of Conor Hourihane, Sam Winall and Marc Roberts.

Paul Heckingbottom’s team will be set for a hard task in ensuring they survive in the division once again this season but with new signings Cameron McGeehan, Zeki Fryers and Lloyd Isgrove penning a permanent deal at Oakwell, there is some hope for Barnsley during this upcoming season.

It’s likely that Barnsley will struggle through a lack of experience in the division although there will be widespread hope that those who have remained at Oakwell from last season will be able to help the clubs new signings to settle in and to fight to stay up.

Ultimately though, this upcoming season looks bleak for the Tykes.

Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview

QPR (Prediction – 21st)

Ian Holloway managed to lead QPR clear of relegation last year into 18th place and with minimal recruitment and the arrival of only four new players at Loftus Road this season, it’s not likely that QPR will make drastic movement up the league table with it looking possible that they could become embroiled in a relegation battle.

The arrival of Josh Scowen from Barnsley and Chay Tilt from West Brom appear to be relatively promising signings and there will be real hope that Conor Washington and Matt Smith will be able to perform up front for QPR this season.

Luke Freeman, Jamie Mackie and Massimo Luongo will need to ensure they all have strong seasons in helping QPR to enjoy a relatively comfortable season and with the experience of Steven Caulker and Nedhum Onuoha at the back, QPR aren’t lacking in Premier League experience.

Alex Smithies will feature between the sticks for QPR once again this season and it’s important that he can recapture the form he showed last year; with his heroics sometimes being the difference in many crucial games.

Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview

Millwall (Prediction – 20th)

After winning the League One Play-Offs last season, Millwall find themselves back in the Championship under the guidance of Neil Harris.

New signings Conor McLaughlin and James Meredith will occupy the full-back positions for the Lions and both seem ready to make the transition into Championship football whilst Byron Webster will remain a colossal figure in the centre-back position.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer is easily good enough to play Championship football and Lee Gregory and Steve Morison will no doubt be a handful for many Championship defences.

The arrival of Jake Cooper, George Saville, Jed Wallace and Ryan Tunniclfife all will offer Millwall some much-needed Championship experience and although it may be tough for them returning to the Championship, they definitely have enough quality to stay up.

Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview


Bolton Wanderers (Prediction – 19th)

Phil Parkinson’s side have signed some useful players in Will Buckley, Mark Little and Aaron Wilbraham but this season will be a huge step up for Wanderers.

The loan trio of Adam Armstrong, Reece Burke and Josh Cullen could be the difference between Bolton ensuring they survive in the division or fall-back into League One.

With the club having an experienced defence with Mark Beevers and David Wheater occupying both centre-back positions, they have real height and physicality in their side which the addition of Aaron Wilbraham will help to contribute towards.

Bolton should stay up with the squad that they boast, but the Championship looks strong this season and a hard test for all teams involved.

Championship, The72: Championship Season Preview

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