Hull City, Burnley and QPR were all relegated last season (2015) from the Premier League and two of those three clubs – Hull and Burnley – have come straight back up this season with QPR finishing in 12th place.
And in today’s SkyBet odds, the three relegated sides this season – Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United are the top three favorites to be promoted from the SkyBet Championship in this upcoming season.
It is a much more difficult league down below and we play 46 league games this season, so Newcastle will play more games than we have played since we were last down below in the Championship in 2009-2010.
Here is the latest betting odds from SkyBet on which club will win the Championship next seoasn.
Newcastle United 5/2
Aston Villa 9/1
Norwich City 9/1
Derby County 12/1
Brighton & Hove Albion 14/1
Sheffield Wednesday 14/1
And as far as getting one of the three promotion slots.
Newcastle United 4/5
Norwich City 100/30
Aston Villa 100/30
Derby County 9/2
Brighton & Hove Albion 5/1
Sheffield Wednesday 11/2
One thing we cannot become is overconfident – and these upcoming games will be both physical and tough, but Rafa Benitez will make sure of that.
Rafa Benitez will be trying to build a team that is not only good enough to get promoted automatically this season by finishing in the top two, but which is also the basis of a team that can then challenge for the top six in the Premier League the following season.
That’s the plan in any case.
But last August, who would have thought we would be relegated after just spending £52M in the summer transfer market – so nothing is certain in football or in life for that matter.
We should also see some improvements to the facilities at the Benton Training grounds, as Benitez tries to bring Newcastle United into the 21st century and a top club in England once again.
As we said – that’s the plan.