The Championship is wildly unpredictable, but experts don’t shy away from making bold claims about this league every year, even if only to prove the inadequacies in their own analysis. Just consider the number of self-assured people we all came across before the beginning of the 2018-19 season who were fiercely arguing in favor of […]
Category: EFL Championship
The English Football League Championship (often referred to as the Championship for short or the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of the English Football League and second-highest overall in the English football league system, after the Premier League. Each year, the top finishing teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, and the lowest finishing teams are relegated to League One.
The Football League Championship, which was introduced for the 2004–05 season, was previously known as the Football League First Division (1992–2004), and before that was known as Division Two (1892–1992). The winners of the Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy, the same trophy as the old First Division champions were handed prior to the Premier League’s inception in 1992.
The Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe. With an average match attendance for the 2015-16 season of 17,578, the Championship ranked second after the German 2. Bundesliga as the most-watched secondary league in the world.
In the 2015–16 season, Burnley were the division champions, Middlesbrough were the runners up, and Hull City were promoted via the play-offs. At present, Ipswich Town hold the longest tenure in the Championship, last being out of the division in the 2001–02 season when they were relegated from the Premier League.
Wolverhampton Wanderers took a point away from Stamford Bridge on Sunday as they held Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side to a 1-1 draw. A last minute goal from Eden Hazard denies Nuno Santo’s side the three points which could have reduce the gap between the Blues and Wolves the 11 points for the Europa League spot, […]
Chelsea’s season since the start of 2019 has relatively been poor. Today’s fixture against relegation threatened Fulham appears the right opponent for the Blues right now as a win could see them return to fifth on the Premier League table, with just one point below Manchester United who sit on the fourth position. Maurizio Sarri’s […]
While it’s very much glitz and glamour on one side of West London, for those at Craven Cottage it is much removed. Fulham are rapidly running out of time to retain their Premier League status for a second season. Claudio Ranieri has just thirteen games left to save his team but the former Nice manager […]
Marc Pugh has not made any appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth this season but he could be a boost for Hull City in the Championship game. The skillful winger has netted 45 goals and 274 appearances for the Cherries but has only played three times this season and, according to Sky Sports, he’s […]
Aitor Karanka has left his job at Nottingham Forest after he asked the club to be released from his contract after just a year in charge. The Spanish tactician, who replaced Mark Warburton in January 2018, leaves the club 7th in the Championship – just four points off the play-offs – with a record of […]
It’s no secret, the quality of football in England’s second tier has increased ten-fold in recent years. Ever since the Premier League saw an influx of foreign investment, some of the country’s biggest and most reputable clubs have fallen through the relegation trapdoor and had to entail Championship football. As a result, more and more […]
Championship giants Aston Villa are on the verge of losing Tammy Abraham, who is on-loan with the Villains from Chelsea. According to report from The Sun, the British tabloid are reporting that Abraham is set to cut short his loan deal with Villa after an initial £18 million bid has been offered by Wolves for […]
Aston Villa sacked manager Steve Bruce on Wednesday afternoon after a disappointing 3-3 draw with Championship struggles Preston North End. Bruce sacking was the first time since 18 years ago he was sacked by Huddersfield Town in 2000. Now, the odds on who will replace the veteran manager at Villa Park are already out and […]
Manchester United’s woes continue as Wolverhampton stalled their winning run at Old Trafford. Fred provided the opener to pave the way for another victory, yet Joao Moutinho delivered a superb goal to hold United 1-1. This draw came after three straight victories for United leaving them 8 points behind league leaders Liverpool. Jose Mourinho clearly […]