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Coca Cola Championship Fizzles Out

By | 5th May 2009

birmingham-cityNow that the Coca Cola Championship has come to a halt (temporarily, at least, with the playoffs still to be played), us Premier League fans have three new teams to look forward to seeing next season. While only Wolves and Birmingham have locked up promotion spots for next season, within the next few weeks we’ll know who out of Reading, Burnley, Sheffield United, and Preston North End will be playing top flight footbal come August.

It’s been no secret that Wolves will be back in the Premier League for next season. Mick McCarthy’s side ran away with the Championship crown this season, clinching automatic promotion weeks ago. Led by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Wolverhampton should fancy their chances in the Prem next season, and hopefully they won’t duplicate the performances by fellow orangers Hull City.

Birmingham, meanwhile, are convinced that they have learned some lessons since their last time in the Premiership (just last season, after all). A failed takeover attempt disrupted the Blues’ season, but chairman David Gold is convinced that his side are more prepared than ever to survive in the world’s best league. Birmingham finished in second place in the Championship this season, seven points off the pace set by Wolves and only three points above playoff side Sheffield United. Perhaps their most exciting player is James McFadden, who in his last performance for Everton scored that¬†goal. Stephen Carr, Frank Queudrue, Liam Ridgewell, Djimi Traore, Lee Bowyer, Lee Carsley, and Marcus Bent lead a team full of former Premier League players, so Birmingham have a decent shot at staying safe next season.

Over the next few weeks four teams will all be vying for the third and last promotion spot. Reading and Sheffield United are heavy favorites for promotion, but they’ll have to go through stingy Burnley and Preston North End (respectively). While it may not be Premiership-quality football, the Coca Cola Championship Playoffs are a spectacle that any football fan would enjoy. I, for one, am going to take full advantage of this exciting month of football and watch every minute of the playoffs.

Catch the playoff matches starting this Friday, May 8th, as Preston North End and Sheffield United square off at Deepdale. PNE are hungry for promotion as they snagged a playoff spot on the last day of the season, while Sheffield United are still reeling over the Carlos Tevez decision and would love to reclaim their rightful spot in the English Premier League.

Do these clubs have any chance of surviving next season? Have your say in the comments section below!

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  1. James Gatt ( Malta ) says:

    Dear Sir

    I am a Great fun of Wolves I have seen them play only once when thay where in Malta many years ago wich thay beet a local team 4-0.

    Can you please tell me the story of our club ( Wolves )

    Thank you very much

    Yours truly James Gatt ( Malta )

    Please forgive my spelling..

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