So, we now know who exactly will come up from the Championship and take their seat at the top table of English football in the Premier League.
It might seem a bit harsh to be speculating on the relegation chances of Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham so soon after their excellent achievements, but in reality, these three clubs face the toughest task of staying in the EPL.
Leeds United are finally back in the big time
After a 16-year wait, Elland Road will once again host Premier League football. There have been a turbulent few years at Leeds, which even saw them relegated to League One at one stage, as well as a few recent near promotion misses, but Marcelo Bielsa has finally guided the club back to play among England’s elite.
They were impressive for much of the season when securing the Championship title, but they know they will have to strengthen their squad to avoid the fate endured by Norwich City, who will be heading back to the second-tier following Championship title success the campaign before.
With the new season not far off, Leeds are moving quickly as they hope to secure the signatures of Joe Gelhardt from Wigan, Cody Drameh from Fulham, and Jack Harrison from Man City. However, the biggest transfer news has seen the Yorkshire side linked with the signing of Edinson Cavani from PSG. If Bielsa can pull that one off, it would be a major coup.
Can West Brom avoid another quick relegation?
West Brom have become a real yo-yo club, with promotions to the Premier League often followed by quicker relegations. They sat in the top two of the Championship for much of the season, but very nearly let promotion slip, finishing the season without a win in their last four games.
Slaven Bilic built a hard-working squad, good enough to challenge at the top end of the second tier, but one he will need to add to if they are to stay up next season. The Baggies are being linked with Eberechi Eze from QPR and Alfredo Morelos from Rangers, but spending power looks likely to threaten their chances of survival next season.
Fulham bounce back at the first attempt
Fulham secured promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt thanks to play-off victory over first Cardiff, then Brentford in the final. Scott Parker’s young and talented side like to play football and could surprise a few next term.
They have been linked with Conor Gallagher at Chelsea, but owner, Salid Khan, has already warned there will not be a lot of money thrown at trying to keep Fulham up. Instead, they will trust much of the squad that got them promoted, led by captain, Tom Cairney.
Selected relegation odds with BetVictor
The betting markets rate Leeds’ chances of staying up as pretty good, with BetVictor pricing them at 7/2 for relegation. Compare that with the other promoted clubs, Fulham priced at 10/11 and West Brom at 11/10, it seems Leeds have the best chance of the three clubs that have come up to stay up.
- Fulham 10/11
- West Brom 11/10
- Aston Villa2/1
- West Ham4/1