Middlesbrough preparing for return to Premier League after seven year absence

Middlesbrough secured a return to the Premier League, following a seven year absence from the division, by finishing second in the Championship last season. Promotion winning season After drawing their last game of the season 1-1 with Brighton at the Riverside, Aitor Karanka’s side were automatically promoted ahead of their final day opponents on goal difference. The margin by which they were could scarcely have been finer, with Middlesbrough’s goal difference being just two superior to Brighton’s. Nevertheless, after occupying one of the top two spots throughout the season, Middlesbrough thoroughly…

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Relegated trio progress preparations for Championship challenge

Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City are continuing preparations for a challenging season in the Championship. Whilst both Newcastle and Norwich have previous experience of playing in the division, Aston Villa do not and are set to compete outside the top flight of English football for the first time since 1987. Less lucrative life in the Championship The financial implications of doing so are quite severe due to the Premier League’s new £5 billion TV deal for the 2016-17 season,…

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IYCMI: A penalty miracle in The Championship [Video]

On Saturday, Preston and Milton Keynes Dons faced each other on matchday 42 in The Championship. They drew 1-1, with goals from Jermaine Beckford for the home team and Nicky Maynard for the visitors. Preston had the ultimate chance to win the fixture, as Dons’ goalkeeper Cody Cropper received a red card in the 81th minute and Joe Garner would have been able to secure a Preston win from the penalty spot. However, striker Alex Revell put on the gloves and produced a miracle by saving Garner’s penalty kick!

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Championship and League One team ranked among European giants in form table

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If you check the international form table at Transfermarkt, you expect to see European giants like Juventus, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and PSG. But Championship team Burnley FC and League One team Barnsley FC? No, those two clubs have been surprisingly strong during their last 15 league matches and are therefore ranked among the big clubs in the form table. The Clarets are sitting in fifth place, gaining a total of 36 points from their last 15 league matches. That’s as many as Ligue 1 champions and current leaders…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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