The EFL Championship promotion fight is heating up


The 2016-17 EFL Championship League has reached matchday 31,with tomorrow evening going into matchday 32 and so far with the regular season ending in less than 3 months we know who is going to fight for the automatic promotion spots and who will be fighting for the promotion playoff places till the end of the season which finishes in early.Let’s being with the current leader of the EFL Championship League which is Newcastle United,in recent seasons the Magpies have become a yo-yo club which bounces between the Premier League and the EFL Championship,led by Rafa Benitez on the bench,the Magpies are in control of their destiny to return back to the Premier League after being relegated last season.Currently the Magpies are 1st with 65 points which is a single point advantage over 2nd place Brighton & Hove Albion and the Magpies are currently in form where in 5 straight matches they collected 13 out of possible 15 points which included a 4-0 victory at home against Rotherham United where in the match former Bournemouth player Matt Richie scored twice.The Magpies have a solid roster which has the names like DeAndre Yedlin,Jonjo Shelvey who played in the Premier League for Swansea and Liverpool,Christian Atsu but most notably Dwight Gayle who is playing the season of his life in which is currently the topscorer of the EFL Championship with 20 goals and he could in the following years play a crucial role once the Magpies get back in the Premier League.Right behind the Magpies is Brighton & Hove Albion,a club which in recent years has emerged as of one of the biggest favorites for promotion to the Premier League.LAst time the Seagulls were featured in the highest ranking level of English football the former First Division was in 1983 when they were relegated,after decades of spending in the wilderness,this might be the year when the Seagulls from the South Coast migh return to the biggest stage of English football.Last season they missed automatic promotion by goal difference and it was Middlesbrough who had the last laugh besides both clubs had the same number of points-89 and then they were eliminated by Sheffield Wednesday in the promotion playoff semifinals,but this season the story is different and Chris Hughton’s men are holding the 2nd place which will lead them to a automatic promotion to the Premier League and for the first time in 34 years to play in the highest division of English football.Next on the list is one of the biggest surprises of the season and one of the forgotten clubs of English football who dominated English football in the mid-1920 when they were three seasons in a row champions of England-Huddersfield Town,the last time the Terriers were featured in the former First Division was 47 years ago in 1970 and spent like Brighton & Hove Albion decades in the football wilderness until now.Led by David Wagner on the bench the Terriers are 3rd which is a gigantic step forward from last season when they finished a mere 19th,but this season it is dreamland for the Terriers which are six points behind the Seagulls in the promotion race for the 2nd automatic spot and the Terriers are in form in the last five matches where they collected 12 out of possible 15 points and tomorrow evening they play last placed Rotherham United which could bring them closer to the Seagulls which are facing Ipswich Town.Just a point behind the Terriers is another yo-yo club which in recent years was playing in the Premier League which is Reading.The Royals are 4th with 57 points and are led by former Manchester United and AC Milan legend Jaap Stam who brought the Royals back to life after a catastrophic last season when the finished only 17th with 51 points,this season the Royals are in play for the promotion in the Premier League after suffering relegation in 2013 and a couple of dry seasons in the EFL Championship where their highest position was 7th in the 2013-14 season.But the club which is truly back from the dead is Leeds United which was once proud institution of English football and which in the early 2000s made huge results in English and European football only seen going into financial ruin and relegation in the years that followed,also to mention chaos in the ownership of the club with club owner Massimo Cellino making frontpages due to shady business deals and firing of coaches,nobody ever thought that Leeds would be in play for promotion this season and currently under former Swansea coach Gary Monk are holding the 5th position which would mean a chance in the promotion playoffs and hopefully a return to the Premier League since 2004 when the Whites were relegated.LAst but not least for the promotion playoffs it is Sheffield Wednesday,the Owls were last season the finalists of the promotion playoff final which they lost,this season like last season Carlos Carvalhal’s men are like last year in 6th place which is the final place for the promotion playoffs and are holding a two point advantage over Norwich City which was relegated last season from the the Premier League and which together with 8th placed Derby County are the only two clubs outside the top six to have some chances to break into the promotion playoff places.There are 15 more matchdays till the end of the 2016-17 season and together with the promotion playoffs in June it will be a fight to the finish of who will get back in the Premeri League.


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