Who wins the Championship 2019/2020?
After Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield ended their Premier League campaign finishing 18th, 19th and 20th respectively, therefore, their 2019-20 campaign’s will be in the Championship. These three will be heavy favourites to win the Championship alongside the teams that missed out on promotion through the playoffs (Leeds, Derby and West Bromwich Albion.) Cardiff City joins Swansea City in being the only Welsh clubs in the Championship and Cardiff look to be one of the favourites to win the Championship. Cardiff had an unlucky season in the Premier League with numerous calls going against them which could have resulted in them remaining in the Premier League. They could be the dark horses under Neil Warnock in the Championship next season.
After Fulham gained their promotion to the Premier League 2 seasons ago, they spent big. They spent just over £100m with a bid to retain their Premier League status but that didn't work unfortunately for them. Over the summer they’re likely to sell some of their big money signings such as Seri, Zambo Anguissa and Mitrovic. For that reason, I think they could struggle with such squad changes under new manager Scott Parker.
Huddersfield finished last in the Premier League after an unconvincing season and they too could struggle in the Championship next season. They may also need to sell some of their high-value players such as Terence Kongolo and Aaron Mooy to accommodate for the lower money that the Championship offers in comparison to the Premier League.
Derby County made the playoff final in the 2018-19 season and they narrowly lost to Aston Villa 2-1 in Wembley. They finished 6th in the Championship under Frank Lampard but it’s unsure whether he will remain as the Derby County manager as there’s strong interest coming from Chelsea. But I still believe Derby will be one of the favourites if they can keep hold of Frank Lampard.
Leeds and West Bromwich Albion both finished in the playoff places in the 2018-19 season but failed to make the playoff final losing to Derby County and Aston Villa respectively in the semi-finals. Both will try and mount a challenge for the title as they want to go one better than last campaign. Other teams that could be a surprise package are Swansea City, Bristol City and Nottingham Forest all offering something different if they can recruit well and keep consistent form across the season.