Ranking Championship auto promotion candidates by how much we’d like them in the Premier League

With just eight games left in what has been a characteristically hectic season of second-tier foolishness, it’s squeaky bum time in the Championship.

There is still everything to play for both up and down the division, as is typically the case. While the majority of the top half still hopes to be promoted, either by winning at Wembley in the play-off final or by finishing in the two automatic promotion slots, eight teams are battling it out for the two relegation spots that remain.

The race for automatic promotion is usually dominated by one or two teams who are significantly better than the rest, but fans of the Championship have been treated to a four-team fight this time around.

Just like Rotherham United (for a far more miserable reason), Leeds United, Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Southampton have been in a different realm from the rest of the division as they look to seal automatic promotion to the Premier League.


So ahead of what is bound to be a breathless sprint to the final day on May 4, we have decided to rank the top four based on how much we’d like them in the Premier League.

A similar ranking of the confirmed play-off hopefuls will come down the line, but for now – from a purely selfish perspective – here’s how we’d like the top-two race to finish up…



By Fafa T

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