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Predicting the promotion and relegation places in the EFL for the 2017/18 season


Predicting the promotion and relegation places in the EFL for the 2017/18 season

Predicting the promotion and relegation places in the EFL for the 2017/18 season

The 2016/17 EFL season is officially over following the conclusion of the play-offs, and we take a way-too-early, stab in the dark prediction at the teams who could go up and down across the country.

League Two

Champions: Luton Town

They finished 3rd in the league last season and suffered play-off semi-final heartbreak when they conceded a last second own goal to bow out at the first hurdle.

In the end it was Blackpool, a side that finished seven points behind Town, who were promoted through the play-offs, but with some less-than-underwhelming sides coming down from League One, Luton will more than fancy their chances at the title this season.

Promoted: Swindon Town, Lincoln City, Wycombe Wanderers

Swindon are one of the sides coming down, while Lincoln are one of the sides coming up from the National League.

Town will be looking to have a drastically different season than the previous campaign, while City will hope they can continue to ride the wave and earn back-to-back promotions.

Wycombe finished just a point outside of the play-off places last season, and if they can go one better this time round, they have every chance of going up via the play-offs.

Relegated: Newport County, Morecambe

Newport finished just two points above the relegation spots last season, and Morecambe only finished four points better off.

Both of those two could struggle again this season, and with Lincoln and Forest Green coming up from the National League (neither of which are expected to be troubled by the threat of relegation) it could be a long season for those two clubs.

League One

Champions: Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn were relegated by just two goals last season, and despite their ownership problems, they should still be good enough on the pitch to bounce straight back.

If their ownership worries get worse though, they could be in danger of slipping further.

Promoted: Scunthorpe United, Wigan Athletic

Scunthorpe missed out on automatic promotion by just four points, and they have become one of the top sides in the league over the past couple of seasons, so expect them to be there or thereabouts again.

Wigan will come down from the Championship again, but like the previous time, expect them to bounce back through the play-offs.

Relegated: Shrewsbury Town, Bury, Gillingham, Northampton Town

These four sides finished 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th last season, so on the surface it’s an easy prediction.

With Portsmouth, Plymouth and Doncaster coming up from League Two, there is no slam dunk candidate to go straight back down.

Expect these four to be down there again come the end of the season.


Champions: Middlesbrough

Boro’ struggled to score goals in the Premier League last season, and it cost them a place in the top division for the coming season.

But they have a ton of Championship quality players, and they could be right up there in their first season back in the league if they can keep hold of their star players.

Promoted: Reading, Sheffield Wednesday

Reading suffered play-off heartbreak this year, losing to Huddersfield on penalties in the final despite being 3-1 up in the shoot-out.

They would be candidates to go one better this season if, like Middlesbrough, they can keep hold of their best players and manager Jaap Stam.

Wednesday know the feeling of losing the play-off final too though, they were beaten by Hull two years ago, and they have been consistently in and around the play-offs for the past few seasons.

If they add quality players this summer, they could be primed to finally make the leap into the big time.

Relegated: Burton Albion, Millwall, Bristol City

Burton survived by a point last season, and Bristol City had an end-of-season slump that almost cost them their place in the division.

Expect them both to struggle next season.

Millwall came up through the play-offs this season, and if they don’t add Championship quality players, they could also struggle.

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