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Will any of Middlesbrough, Sunderland or Hull Bounce back to the Premier League?


Today our football tipster asked the question whether any of the relegated teams can bounce straight back into the Premier League and we take a look at the Championship promotion betting odds.

 

At the end of the 2016-17 Premier League season, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City all found themselves relegated from the Premier League and facing the prospect of next season in the second tier. Will any of them be able to return to the top flight at the first time of asking?

 

Will Sunderland, Middlesbrough or Hull City get Promotion this Season?

 

Sunderland

To win the Championship odds – 16/1.

To get promoted odds – 11/2.    

Many Premier League fans didn’t shed a tear as the Wearside team waved goodbye to the top flight once again. The Black Cats clocked up just 24 points and were woefully short of quality. David Moyes reputation certainly wasn’t enhanced by his tenure in the North East and there is an awful lot of work to do over the course of the summer. The former Everton manager walked away from the club at the end of May and his successor wasn’t appointed until almost a month later. Sunderland are familiar with the Championship and they look to have made a savvy appointment securing the services of Simon Grayson but it’ll be a long slog for the former Leeds and Preston boss. The affable boss is more familiar with small budgets and maintaining Championship status as opposed to challenging for a place in the Premier League. He is likely to bring a number of former players with him and he desperately needs to bulk out the paper-thin squad.

Jordan Pickford and Jermaine Defoe have both left for pastures new whilst the likes of Victor Anichebe and Seb Larsson were released at the end of the campaign. One positive note is the emergence of many younger players from the academy whilst local boy Duncan Watmore should recover from injury in time to play some part in the early stages of the season.

You sense that Sunderland have plenty of unfinished business in the transfer market and they need to get recruiting quickly. Johnny Howson is one name who has been linked but he looks set to join Middlesbrough (more of them shortly).

 

Sunderland Betting Odds

The Bookies aren’t confident of their chancing of bouncing back and Sunderland have been priced up at 11/2 with Betfred for promotion back to the Premier League

Grayson has his work cut out at the club with plenty of issues off-the-field possibly hindering their progress this campaign. A top half finish would be considered a success.

 

Middlesbrough

To win the Championship odds – 9/1.

To get promoted odds – 11/4.

It was far from a memorable season for the Teessiders in the Premier League. There was plenty of optimism under Aitor Karanka and they didn’t start particularly badly. The Spanish boss retreated into his shell as the season progressed setting up his side as defensively as possible. Fans were showing signs of frustration as his reluctance to mix things up was completely nullifying their attack. They ended the season as the Premier League’s lowest scorers with just 27 strikes and went down with a whimper. Steve Agnew took charge following Karanka’s dismissal BUT the recent appointment of Garry Monk as their new boss has suddenly got fans feeling optimistic once more.

Monk almost guided Leeds to the play-offs last season with his side producing plenty of easy on the eye football along the way and he starts with a decent squad at the Riverside. There is plenty of dead wood to ship out and the likes of Victor Fischer and Brad Guzan have both departed.

If the former Swansea boss can get the likes of Patrick Bamford firing and convince George Friend and Ben Gibson to remain at the club, they could be a force to be reckoned with next season.

Steve Gibson is generally considered one of the best chairman in the league and is likely to put his hand in his pocket this summer as the Teessiders aim to bounce back with promoted to the Premier League. It is an exciting time at the Riverside.

 

Middlesbrough Betting Odds

The bookies are confident they will be able to secure their return to the top flight and their price has shortened since the appointment of Monk. William Hill offer the biggest price of 11/4 for promotion.

Middlesbrough have the resources and the squad to be in the mix at the end of the season. Monk is a tremendous appointment and with one or two key additions they are set to be a real force.

 

Hull City

To win the Championship odds – 16/1.

To get promoted odds – 11/2.

Marco Silva looked like he may have done enough to save Hull City from the drop but a damaging home defeat to Sunderland coupled with Swansea’s revival saw the men from Humberside relegated back to the Championship. Silva’s reputation remained in-tact and he left for Watford in the early part of the summer. They conceded 13 times in the last three matches as the fans started to look ahead to their summer holidays and the possibility of a break from football.

A slightly left-field choice saw Leonid Slutsky appointed as the new head coach and it will be interesting to see if the former CSKA Moscow manager can get the Tigers firing this season. Hull tend to bounce between the two divisions and they do possess plenty of talent in their squad. They will be desperate to hang onto the likes of Sam Clucas and Andrew Robertson and there are a number of clubs eyeing up a move for Kamil Grosicki. Ryan Mason isn’t far from returning following his horrific head injury which is a huge positive for the club.

The club still have a number of injury issues and Slutsky needs to dip into the transfer market quickly to bolster his squad. The team have returned to training and will be aiming for another tilt at the play-offs as a minimum requirement.

 

Hull Betting Odds

The bookies remain unsure what to make of Hull’s chances and the odds have changed numerous times already this pre-season. At the time of writing, they are 11/2 (Bet Victor) for promotion.

It could be a season of limbo for Hull City but I expect them to be closer to the Play-Offs than Sunderland but they might just miss out on a top six finish.

 

2017/18 Championship Betting Tip

Middlesbrough Top Six Finish – Evens with William Hill.

 

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Jack Critchley

Jack Critchley

Jack is the resident Football League predictions writer here at thatsagoal.com, his expertise of the lower leagues brings regular winning football tips.
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