If you’d told most football fans that come the start of October, Huddersfield Town would be sitting pretty at the top of the Championship, it’s safe to say some people might have just laughed a you just a little.
But eleven games in, The Terriers are really showing that they’re not here to make up the numbers that instead, they’re going to be mounting a promotion push that should be taken extremely seriously indeed.
Alongside them in the chasing pack are teams like Norwich City, Newcastle, Brighton, Bristol City and even Birmingham City, who have done extraordinarily well so far with the resources available to them.
There’s a long time left in the race to get the Premier League but we’ve got a pretty clear picture as to who will be there come the end of the season.
So sit back and relax as we take you through our three teams that are destined for promotion to the Premier League come the end of the season…
Football is bouncing back in the North East of England and for once, it’s Newcastle United who are pleasing their hoards of supporters.
The Toon have endured a tough few years of close shaves, relegation and disgruntlement among fans so it’s seriously refreshing to see so much good stuff coming out of St James’s Park. That’s why we’re tipping the Magpies to be champions come the end of the season.
Unlike fellow big-spenders Aston Villa, we’ve seen Newcastle’s expensively assembled squad really come together and click and on their day, their breathtaking to watch.
They play with pace, power and speed. Just ask QPR…
The Canaries have a real advantage in this season’s race for promotion in the fact that they’ve done it before very recently.
Alongside Bournemouth and Watford, the Canaries made the cut back in 2015 and despite finishing 19th in last season’s Premier League, you don’t doubt that Alex Neil can again guide them back into the top-flight.
Whilst their squad isn’t filled with stars and huge names, Norwich are a seriously industrial unit capable of putting any team in this division to the sword. They had a tough defeat to Newcastle towards the end of September and expect them to take revenge when the Toon are invited back to Carrow Road for the reverse fixture.
It could be a lip-smacking affair between the two sides we’re predicting for a one-two finish.
As we mentioned briefly in the intro, no-one has been more surprised than us to see Huddersfield Town storm straight to the top of the Championship table going into October’s international break.
The Terriers are absolutely flying and despite a recent wobble, they came back with a hard-fought away win over Ipswich Town this weekend. Signs like this are always promising too – the teams that can grind out those difficult-to-watch results are always going to do well and we think they have the potential to be play-off winners.
In David Wagner that have an intelligent manager who you can tell has an excellent grip of the game. His coaching is obviously spot on and we’re expecting Town to very much continue in the same stead as the season progresses.
They’ve got pace, power and guile and have everything needed to triumph in the play-offs.