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By: Luke Moriarty – Staff Writer
In honor of the typical tradition of WAY too early predictions, I’m going to give you my own super early prediction of what clubs are going to be Promoted and Relegated to and from the Premier League.
Norwich City FC
Following a very shaky campaign resulting in relegation from the Premier League last season, the Canaries look revamped and back on track for another promotion year. “Farkeball”, a drop back defense with offense initiating from the back line, a system implemented by German manager Daniel Farke has looked much better in the Championship. Players like Mario Vrancic and Emi Buendia are taking advantage, and have combined for 7 goals. Finnish striker Teemu Pukki remains the club’s top scorer with 9 goals. Pukki has 50 goals in 100 career games for the Yellows. Norwich has also developed their own young talent like Josh Martin and Adam Uche Idah both logging substantial minutes for the club. All things are looking good for the boys in Green and Yellow, and if they can continue dominance in the Championship, then we will see them next year in the EPL.
Another team that has bounced back following relegation from the Premier League, Bournemouth appears much more dangerous in 2020/2021. The club has a substantial amount of cash on their hands following the transfer of Centerback Nathan Ake to English giant Manchester City for 41 million British pounds, along with the shipment of striker Callum Wilson to Newcastle United for 20 million pounds. The crucial return of players like Dominic Solanke 8 goals, Arnaut Danjuma 5 goals, and Junior Stanislas 5 goals has made this club look elite in the Championship. Likewise with Norwich, if the Cherries do their job and push through the season with a consistency in high level of quality play then we should see them back in the Premier League next season.
Swansea City AFC
The third and final team, one who would be promoted through the playoff, could be Swansea City. A club that hasn’t been in the top division since 2018, they are looking poised to make a re-entry into the Top Tier. One of the top defensive teams in English Football, with the least goals allowed 10. They also have the most clean sheets in the Championship with 10. Yet, it has not been just their defense. Ghana International striker Andre Ayew is the club’s top scorer with 7 goals, and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Viktor Gyokeres has helped up top offensively. This is a scrappy club, and if they qualify for the playoff in 2021, I think they have a major shot at sealing the deal back to the Premier League.
Sheffield seemed to have a miracle season in the Premier Lague last year, finishing 9th in the table with 54 points. However, this season has been MUCH different. Sheffield currently have 1 point in the Premier League with a goal differential of -16. The expensive signing of young Liverpool product Rhian Brewster hasn’t scored yet for the club. The sturdy defense from last year has seemed to have faded away, as the club is yet to record a clean sheet. Chelsea loan Ethan Ampadu has been the one brightspot defensively, but the loss of Manchester United GK Dean Henderson on loan in 2019/20 has been glaring when watching this team. I don’t think Aaron Ramsdale in net and Ollie McBurnie & Davy McGoldrick up top can keep this team afloat. – Sheffield United are the only club of all 92 EFL Teams without a win.
*Extremely aggressive yawn*, I get bored just reading this club’s name. Burnley was another club who had a surprisingly good finish in the table last season ending in 10th, tied with aforementioned Sheffield United at 54 points. And just like Sheffield’s case, this season has been much different for the Clarets. Burnley currently has 9 points following a win against Arsenal, yet they are still at the top of the relegation zone. They only have one win which came in a 1-0 fixture against a banged up Crystal Palace squad. The club is very monotonous and quite awful to watch play. Chris Wood is the leading scorer with just 2 goals, and through 10 EPL games, just 2 total assists have been recorded. Dwight McNeil has severely underperformed on the left-wing spot. It is just all around not fluid play. They look like the infamously boring Stoke City teams from 5 or so years ago, and there will be a lot of happy fans if this boring team is relegated.
West Bromwich Albion
Following an electric 2nd place finish in last year’s EFL Championship table, West Bromwich have struggled mightily in their first season in the Premier League since 2017/18. The Baggies currently have 6 points, tied with Burnley for second to last place in the League. They are tied with Sheffield for the worst goal differential in the league at -16. Even though additions like midfielder Connor Gallagher and the signing of Brazilian forward Matheus Periera occurred in an effort to boost this club’s threat, it simply hasn’t panned out. Nigerian Centerback Semi Ajayi is seemingly holding it down on the defensive side alone, and Irish striker Callum Robinson has shouldered the scoring with a lowly 2 goals. It also doesn’t help having fellow Birminghamshire club, Aston Villa, dominating the scene in the EPL this year. Games in the Hawthornes will likely be played among the Championship next year, but I like this club’s energy.
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