The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in English football. Not only is it the gateway to the prestigious Premier League, but it can also be considered as the edge of a cliff for teams. Once you fall from the Championship into League One, attendances can decrease dramatically, the status of the club becomes lower and dispassionate fans will look elsewhere for some ‘better quality football’.

There is a lot to be said for those who can break into the Championship, but most will be met with a hefty challenge. The Championship is known as a competitive league for a very good reason. Since its inaugural season of 2004-05, many teams have remained ‘stuck’ in England’s second tier; a prime example would be saw Ipswich Town, who spent 12 years in the Championship, until they were relegated at the end of last season.

For those who are entering the Championship this year, it’s a huge celebration but also the time to perform. Let’s take a look at those teams to see how they will fare for the season ahead. Check out the championship latest odds to predict who you think will stay up this season.english championship

Luton Town

The Hatters are finally back to winning ways. The club hasn’t been in the Championship since the 2006/07 season but that was just the beginning of their downfall. Due to some financial difficulties, the club fell from the Championship to the Conference Premier League in just three seasons! The Hatters have had an incredible couple of years more recently and have been promoted in back-to-back seasons.

The time has come for them to compete in the Championship once more, but how did the club prepare for their comeback? They spent the summer bringing in a lot of players, most came on a free transfer from other Championship and Premier League clubs such as Everton. They also have a few players on loan to them from the likes of Chelsea U23, Aston Villa and Manchester City U23. The squad has been bulked up for the challenge but can they sustain?

Barnsley 

The Tykes were promoted last season through the automatics into Championship glory after spending only one year in League One, they’ve been quick to bounce back – although Barnsley seems to be a bit of a yo-yo club. Since the 2013/14 season they have only spent two consecutive seasons in the same league. Relegation in 2014, then promotion in 2016, followed by relegation in 2018 then finally promotion in 2019 – it’s been a real whirlwind for the fans.

The summer has certainly been busy for Barnsley, they’ve welcome 13 new players to the club and said goodbye to 10 – it seems their revolving door between leagues is the same for players! Let’s hope this year they can stay up just so the fans have a little bit of stability at the very least!

Charlton Athletic

Charlton faced a lot of glorious moments in the 90s and 00s but since their relegation from the Premier League in 2007, they’ve been clawing at glory ever since. The club has spent a fair amount of time in the Championship and League One but has never placed higher than 9th in the Championship since their initial fall from glory. Last season the club managed to gain promotion through the play-offs, they beat Sunderland 2-1 to claim the final seat on the train to the Championship.

Charlton fans have had a lot of turmoil in recent months. In March they were known as the club with no Chairman, no Chief Executive and a manager who wanted to leave – all because of owner Roland Duchatelet. There have been a lot of off-the-field issues going on at the club, let’s hope that they manage to stay in the Championship – it may be the only thing keeping the fans in the seats at The Valley.

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