Who will be relegated from the Championship?
For many top teams, relegation from the English Premier League is the worst thing possible.
For some of those teams, there’s also threat of something even more undignified – relegation from the Championship and into the barren wastelands of League One. Former EPL champs Blackburn Rovers were among the sides condemned to the third tier of English football last term, so who’s likely to falling from the Championship this time around?
We’ve teamed up with the guys at the award-winning tipsters site FootballTips.com to bring for you the best possible selections when it comes to Football League Championship relegation picks as the season draws to a close. Here are their choices for the teams looking most doomed in 2018.
There can be few less painful things in football aside from a Roy Keane tackle than being a Sunderland fan. Bottom of the EPL at the end of 2016-17, the Black Cats have been at the bottom of things Championship-wise virtually all term this season, and face their second successive relegation. Even the appointment of ex-Wales boss Chris Coleman has not eased the pain.
While Brian Clough was only relegated once during his entire managerial career, the same cannot be said of his son Nigel … who’s not yet been relegated at all. That’s all set to change though, as Clough Jr’s Burton Albion is where the smart money is going for a return to the third tier. Albion are not accepting their fate without a fight though, as a recent three-one win over promotion-chasing Derby County displayed.
With Sunderland and Burton already down – barring a miracle – the guys at FootballTips have advised us on whom they think will be joining them. Don’t forget that if you can get more great football tips from FootballTips.com and their award-winning tipsters.
Ex-Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom was once one of the most highly thought-of bosses in the Championship, although it was hard to see why as the Tykes have hardly set the division alight this season. Heckingbottom left for Leeds in February 2018 and Barnsley – under new boss Jose Morais – have struggled. A recent run of three games without defeat has given fans a little hope, though.
Birmingham City took the unbelievable step of sacking Gary Rowett in December 2016 when the side were seventh in the table, and they’ve been rubbish ever since. Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill have all since been and gone, and now former Swansea boss Gary Monk is charged with saving the sinking ship. Brum only survived on the final day last term, and are likely to have to endure the same in a couple of week’s time.
Bolton Wanderers were EPL stalwarts under Sam Allardyce but those days are long gone. Relegated to League One in 2015-16, the Trotters bounced right back up last term but face the drop again as the 2017-18 season draws to a close. Phil Parkinson masterminded Bolton’s promotion in 2017 and remains in charge as his side struggle to avoid the bottom three Championship places.
Reading were also an EPL side as recently as 2013, and made it to the playoffs last term, losing to Huddersfield Town in the final. This season has been very different, and the Royals got rid of boss Jaap Stam just under a month ago. Under new boss Paul Clement Reading have been inconsistent, but recent wins against Preston and QPR have shown that the side is still up for a fight.
So, along with Sunderland and Burton, whom are likely to be the third team to suffer the drop? It’s really a three-way pick between Barnsley, Bolton and Birmingham, and all three have tough run-ins. Despite beating Aston Villa recently, Bolton have only secured one point from the last fifteen available, and one of their final three games is against EPL-bound Wolverhampton Wanderers. With those factors in mind, it’s hard to see how the Trotters can survive.