The Championship is returning the next week (Friday, 2 August) and it’s time for our long-term predictions. We already have talked about our Championship 2019/2020 Promotion Outrights Predictions, and now we will pay attention to the teams that are threatened by relegation. The upcoming season will be long for the clubs that will fight for promotion to the Premier League. However, the fixtures against the teams that are in the bottom half of the table will be crucial for the final standings.
Among the favourites that will fight to avoid relegation, we will include the teams that have climbed from League One, and also those sides that were on the verge of falling to the third tier last season. In the next rows, I will give you my long-term prediction for the teams that will be in the relegation battle during season 2019/20 in Championship.
Championship Relegation Favourites Season 2019/2020
For a new consecutive year, the teams that received a promotion from League One are with the highest chance to be relegated according to the bookmakers. Charlton, who won the play-off phase, and Barnsley, who finished second, are leading the battle, followed by Reading. ‘The Royals’ are fighting to survive in the second-level of the English football for several consecutive seasons.
The problems of Birmingham during the last season also place the team among the favourites for relegation. ‘The Blues’ were deducted nine points by the English Football League in the previous season, which led to internal problems and the leaving of some key figures.
Wigan, Millwall and Queens Park Rangers finished the last season on the bottom of the table. It will be interesting to see if those teams will be able to achieve some progress during this campaign. We will also look at the champions of League One Luton, on which the bookmakers give better chances to avoid relegation.
Charlton are returning to the Championship after a dramatic victory with a goal from Patrick Bauer in the last minute against Sunderland. During the summer, the board of the team did an excellent job and signed new contracts with key figures such as the manager Lee Bowyer and the top scorer Lyle Taylor.
However, not everything is going well for the team. The big talent Joe Aribo left ‘The Addicks’ and joined Rangers, while the hero in the final play-off against Sunderland, Patrick Bauer, signed with Preston North End.
It’s not an easy task to predict how a team that was in League One last season will perform in Championship. However, the statistics show that Charlton are among the favourites to be struggling. Charlton to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 3.25 at bet365.
Barnsley finished season 2018/19 on the second place in League One which secured them a direct promotion. There were many speculations about the future of the manager Daniel Stendel, but the German specialist will stay at the club. The ex-head coach of Hannover quickly transferred his views within Barnsley’s players, and ‘The Reds’ may be among the pleasant surprises in the Championship this season.
The big problems of Barnsley may come from their defence. The goalkeeper Adam Davies left the team for Stoke City as a free agent, while the pair in the centre of the defence from the last year Liam Lindsay and Ethan Pinnock were sold.
It will be interesting to see if Daniel Stendel will find a solution for the lack of crucial defensive players. The novices will not have an easy season, and I expect them to be in the battle for survival. Barnsley to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 3.50 at bet365.
A big reason why Reading secured their spot in Championship for this campaign was the appointment of José Manuel Gomes. Under his leadership, the team won 25% of its fixtures, which was enough to survive in the second-highest level of English football.
However, the statistics tell a different story. According to the expected goals method, ‘The Royals’ finished the season as the second-worst team when it comes to the defence.
Reading’s attack also doesn’t create enough chances and depends mainly on individual actions. I don’t believe that a similar performance will secure them a spot in the Championship for a second consecutive season. Reading to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 3.50 at bet365.
Birmingham’s problems from the last season reflected on the leading side of the club. Garry Monk left ‘The Blues’ which led to Pep Clotet to be a caretaker head coach for the new season. The Spaniard has experience as an assistant in teams that were in Championship, but he has never been the person who has to make the decisions.
The summer business also wasn’t in their favour. The top scorer during the last season Che Adams left for Everton, while Jota signed with the city rival Aston Villa.
Many people say that the reason why Garry Monk left Birmingham are exactly those transfer decisions. With these problems, ‘The Blues’ are among the favourites to be relegated, and I believe it will be hard for them to overcome the competition during this season. Birmingham to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 4.50 at bet365.
It still hard for me to believe that Wigan were in the fight for survival during the last campaign. ‘The Latics’ had a fascinating attack, and in many fixtures, they had more shots than their opponents. However, the team lacked confidence and better performance in defence.
I think Wigan will have problems to reach the same level. Reece James, who won the award for the player of the season for ‘The Latics’, returned to Chelsea as his loan deal has expired. The young English talent was among the most creative players of Wigan together with Nick Powell who signed with Stoke City.
Paul Cook has proven his class as a manager, and I do not doubt that he will find solutions for the new problems that are ahead of the team. I expect that Wigan will perform better this season and will not be in the relegation battle. Wigan to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 4.00 at bet365.
Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers were consistent during the last season, but the lack of luck in some key moments left them on the bottom of the table. Eventually, Steve McClaren got sacked, and his place took Mark Warburton.
The English specialist wasn’t leading a team from 18 months, and it will be interesting to see if he will be capable of improving QPR’s performance. His task, however, won’t be easy, because the most valuable player of the team during last season, Luke Freeman, was sold to Sheffield United.
I am sure that QPR will secure they spot in Championship if they reach the same level from the last season. Queens Park Rangers to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 4.00 at bet365.
Millwall was one of the teams with least luck in Championship during the last campaign. ‘The Lions’ finished on the 21st place in the final standings, but I think they deserved a better position.
The players of Neil Harris played better than their opponents in significant periods, but individual defensive mistakes costed points of the team. During the summer, Millwall were quite active in the transfer market, and attracted experienced players which can secure a more stable season for ‘The Lions’.
I don’t expect miracles from Millwall, and I think that they will finish on the lower half of the table, but the team will not be in the relegation battle. Millwall to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 5.00 at bet365.
During the last season, Luton made a real furore and deservedly won League One’s title. However, vital defensive players of the team were attracted by the leading English teams, which will significantly weaken ‘The Hatters’.
The board of the Luton made a coaching change, and throughout the summer they appointed Graeme Jones. The Englishman was a long-time assistant to Belgium’s coach Roberto Martínez, and now will be for the first time the person who will make the decisions. Positive news for the team was the remaining of the striker James Collins, who scored 25 goals in League One.
Because of the significant number of transfers, ‘The Hatters’ remain a mystery, and it’s hard for me to determinate if they will be capable of coping with the competition in Championship. However, because of their domination during the last campaign in League One, I advise you not to cross them out. Luton to be relegated this season is priced at odds around 4.50 at bet365.
Championship 2019/2020 Relegation Odds
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