EFL Championship 2023/24 Table Predictions
With the Championship season less than a week away, we’ll give our predictions on where every team in the Championship will finish with a few eye-catching shouts along the way.
It is well-documented just how hard it is to predict the Championship table, being one of the most unpredictable leagues on the planet.
However, that is what makes these predictions so fun. Having a view on how the table will look come the end of the season and then come May, shocked at how horrendously wrong you were.
Nonetheless, below are our Championship Predictions for the 2023/24 season, in order from left to right across the rows based on their position.
There will be a few raised eyebrows at some of these predictions, along with every fan of a team except Leicester wondering why their team ain’t first, however, at least allow us to try and justify some of my more controversial predictions.
The Saints Go Marching On To The Premier League?
There are some obvious reasons why this may not be too controversial, one of which being the fact that they were just relegated from the Premier League and are therefore considered one of the favourites for promotion.
However, the club has placed Russell Martin in charge, a manager who has never finished higher than 10th in the Championship, this being at his former club Swansea City.
So, why is Southampton so high?
Well, let us just take a look at their squad. Premier League quality is possessed all over the pitch from in goal to attack. The Saints have recruited well so far this summer, one of these signings being Shea Charles.
The likes of Adam Armstrong and Ryan Manning have all proven their quality at this level previously, Manning leaving Swansea alongside Russell Martin to join the Saints.
Martin himself likes to play a domination-based tactic with the aim of being in control of the ball for as long as possible. This is inspired by the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City as Martin mentions in this article.
Putting Martin’s tactics and Southampton’s strong squad together could see people sleeping on the Saints as they look to make their Championship stay short and sweet.
The Potters Crafting Their Way To The Play-Offs
Predicting Stoke City to have strong seasons has been a common trend in Championship predictions since their drop to the second tier in 2018.
However, with some people accepting Stoke as a mid-table club, we will be going to take the opposite approach here and actually predict Alex Neil to guide Stoke into the top six.
Recruitment is the sole reason for the optimism with the Potters after already recruiting 10 players. There is a range of experience with these new recruits across both age and familiarity with the Championship.
Players like Enda Stevens, Daniel Johnson, Ben Pearson and Mark Travers are all aware of the challenges of the Championship. However, Andre Vidigal and Ryan Mmaee are getting their first taste of the Championship with the duo having strong seasons in Portugal and Hungary respectively.
Add to this the loan re-signing of Ki-Jana Hoever, who heavily impressed at Stoke last season, alongside his Wolves teammate Chiquino and this Stoke team could look very dangerous.
This is very much a wildcard shout and it could end up horrifically wrong. However, Stoke will surprise many this season so it is worth taking a punt on them.
QPR To Survive The Royal Dump Down To League One?
As outrageous as it is predicting Stoke to finish in the Play-Offs, this prediction could take the crown for the most controversial of the lot.
The second half of the season was a tough watch for QPR, picking up just three wins from Boxing Day 2022 until last season’s conclusion in May.
Gareth Ainsworth joined the R’s in February 2023 and helped get QPR over the line but still looked unconvincing.
Recruitment hasn’t been too strong either, only signing Asmir Begovic on a freetransfer alongside Paul Smyth joining from Leyton Orient and Morgan Fox who joined on a free from Stoke.
How Will QPR Survive?
This could depend on some magic, specifically from a certain Moroccan Magician who goes by the name of Ilias Chair. The winger has delivered 10+ goal contributions in each of the last four seasons at QPR, delivering his strongest return last season in a woeful R’s side.
The Moroccan on his day is one of the most creative and gifted assets to this league and that is exactly what is needed at Loftus Road if QPR want to remain a Championship club.
If Chris Willock and Lyndon Dykes can stay fit, you would expect the duo can deliver strong returns this season with Chair’s assistance and this should see QPR just about scrape safety this season.
If you’d like to have a go and make your own predictions for the Championship 2023/24 season by using the exact tier list template click here.