The season so far… Championship promotees

by Mystical Mike

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
 

Promoted Championship teams entering the Premier League transition in different ways. Some settle straight away and show why they belong in the league. Others take longer and end up struggling to survive, battling in the relegation flight. Then there are the special cases: teams that surprise everyone and do extremely well with relegation not even a factor to consider during their first season; or conversely they are completely out of their league and winning is not a realistic goal.

So how are this year’s lot doing:

Burnley

After safely navigating their way through the Championship playoffs last season, Burnley are sitting, quite unexpectedly, in the top half of the Premiership. They to have a pretty good team and are causing quite a few upsets. However, the question remains to see if they can maintain and build upon this impressive start. Images of Hull flash across my mind, but hopefully they can avoid this situation.

Prediction 16th

Birmingham

Lying in 14th place with 7 points, it may seem that the Blues are doing quite well. However, 4 points separate the bottom 7 teams and their only victories have come against fellow relegation hopefuls. However, with new owners at the helm and a much needed cash injection promised the Blue side of Birmingham should be able to strengthen the squad in January. A goal scorer is top of the list.

Prediction 17th

Wolverhampton

One place above a relegation spot only there due to goal difference. Struggling for goals. With Sylvan Ebanks-Blake making his first start since the opening day of the season Mick McCarthy will be hoping for some of last seasons form to keep them up.

Prediction 19th

I know, I know, it’s probably too early to make any judgements on what how the new boys will do based on the first couple of months. But there are always some truth in the evidence that we see, and let’s be honest, it’s always fun to make predictions in the beginning of the season and watch the pieces fall into place (or not).

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  • mickeymarbles

    Burnley are the new Hull, let’s see how they fair once they get a few injuries.

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