Championship 2017-2018 year

The championship of the season 2017-2018 starts in August, and millions of lovers of the number 1 game in the world are looking forward to this exciting sporting event. The second most important football division in England is characterized by unpredictability and genuine emotions. According to the abundance of the power struggle, the tournament can be compared to the FNL, however, unlike the Russian counterpart, the matches here are characterized by dynamism, entertainment, performance. The upcoming draw will not be an exception, and fans will again be able to enjoy the game of the teams who dream of getting into the Premier League.

Competition rules

The 2017-2018 Championship has 24 teams. The following clubs joined the ranks of the league in the current draw:

  • Hull City;
  • Middlesbrough;
  • Sunderland.

Each football team will play two games with opponents (in the home arena and at the opponent’s stadium). In total, there are 46 games, according to the results of which the club occupies a certain line in the standings. For a victory, 3 credit points are awarded, a draw entitles the match participants to save 1 point in the piggy bank, the loser’s squad is not awarded points.

The champion and vice-champion of the competition automatically go to the Premier League. Places from 3 to 6 give the right to fight in the play-offs for one remaining ticket to the elite football division of England. Semifinal pairs are divided according to the principle of “the strongest with the weakest”: this means that the third team of the championship will fight from the sixth, and the fourth - from the fifth. The winners of the ½ finals become participants in the match at Wembley Stadium for winning the Premier League, after which the last lucky winner of the season is determined. Clubs that are on the 22-24 lines, go down in class and go to the first football league in England.

Tournament calendar

The calendar of the Championship of 2017-2018 was made taking into account the wishes of the majority of the participants of the league. The start of the competition is scheduled for August 4, and the last 46 round will take place on May 12, when all matches will be played at the same time. Since the clubs will have to play an impressive number of games, the fights are scheduled for almost every weekend. In two weeks of Christmas and New Year holidays, teams traditionally hold 4 matches, and at the end of February a small 10-day pause is provided.

The Championship Schedule is capable of exhausting even the most enduring athlete, because often for some clubs the games take place in 4-5 days. That is interesting tournament, in which the first place goes not only the skill of individual players or team interaction, but also physical fitness. It is possible to play for 9 months exactly without significant spectacle losses for a few teams that get into the Premier League with mentally prepared and hardened “battles” in the second football division.

All matches of the ninth round

Date / Moscow time of the match

Members

Location

23. 09. 2017

17:00

"Norwich" - "Bristol City"

Norwich, Carrow Road Stadium (27 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

Leeds - Ipswich

Leeds, Elland Road Stadium (38.5 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

"Fulham" - "Middlesbrough"

London, Craven Cottage Stadium (25.7 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

"Derby" - "Birmingham"

Derby, Pride Park Stadium (capacity 33, 5 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

Bolton - Brentford

Bolton, Macron Stadium (capacity 28.5 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

"Preston" - "Milwall"

Preston, Deepdale Stadium (23.4 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

Wolverhampton - Barnsley

Wolverhampton, Molineu stadium (31.7 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

“KPR” - “Burton Albion”

London, Loftus Stadium (18.5 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

"Reading" - "Hull"

Reading, Madejski Stadium (24 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

17:00

Sunderland - Cardiff City

Sunderland Stadium "Stadium of Light" (49 thousand spectators)

23. 09. 2017

19:30

Aston Villa - Nottingham

Birmingham, Villa Park Stadium (42.7 thousand spectators)

24. 09. 2017

15:15

“Sheffield Wednesday” - “Sheffield Yun”

Sheffield, Hillsboro Stadium (capacity 40 thousand spectators)

The table of the Championship after 8 rounds played looks like this:

League position

Team name

Number of goals scored / missed

Points scored

1

"Leeds"

14-3

17

2

Wolverhampton

13-8

17

3

Cardiff City

12-7

17

4

"Preston"

9-3

15

5

Ipswich

12-8

15

6

Sheffield Yun

8-6

15

7

Middlesbrough

10-5

14

8

Bristol City

15-10

13

9

Sheffield Wednesday

10-7

13

10

Nottingham

11-13

12

11

"CRC"

12-12

11

12

"Norwich"

8-12

11

13

Aston Villa

10-9

10

14

"Fulham"

8-7

10

15

"Derby"

11-11

10

16

Milwall

11-9

9

17

"Hull"

14-15

8

18

Reading

6-7

8

19

"Burton Albion"

6-15

8

20

"Barnsley"

8-11

7

21

Sunderland

7-12

6

22

Brentford

7-12

4

23

"Birmingham"

4-12

4

24

Bolton

4-16

2

Starting tours gave an idea of ​​who is destined to the fate of the outsiders, and who will try to get into the Premier League. As always, this tournament was not without surprises: Leeds, Preston and Sheffield United claim to enter the elite.At the same time, clubs, which were ranked among the favorites of the championship, do not shine. Aston Villa is firmly stuck in the middle, Reading cannot yet find its game, and Sandreland has sunk to the bottom. It is too early to draw serious conclusions about the prospects of specific football teams, especially since last season, “Brighton” had 8 points after 8 rounds, but managed to get into the Premier League, finishing second.

The first Russian coach in the Champion League

From the season of 2017-2018, domestic fans will definitely have more reasons to watch Championship matches. Returning “Hull City” to the Premier League after the offensive departure was entrusted to Leonid Slutsky, who had long been head of the Moscow “CSKA” for a long time. There are already fierce disputes over whether Leonid Viktorovich will succeed in an unfamiliar championship, because, whatever you say, it’s much more complicated than the Russian Premier League. Among the arguments in favor should be noted:

  • lack of a language barrier (Slutsky studied English for over a year);
  • rich coaching experience (including participation in the Champions League);
  • support for players and fans.

Unfortunately, the most promoted Russian coach didn’t get involved in the Championship. “Hull” is in 17th place in the league so far, already 7 points behind the playoff zone.The gap is not critical, but the "tigers" demonstrate a terrible game, as evidenced by the defeat of not the most formidable opponents. According to rumors, the Sword of Damocles has already fired the sword of Damocles, and in order not to be out of the game, Leonid Viktorovich will have to exert maximum efforts.

Contenders to win

Since the Championship is an unpredictable competition, it is almost impossible to guess in advance the three teams that will be promoted at the end of the season. This proves the last draw, which presented a number of surprises. For example, if the return to the Premier League of Newcastle was predicted by the majority of football analysts, then only the most loyal team fans predicted access to the elite of Brighton and, moreover, of the modest Huddersfield.

In the season of the 2017-2018 Championship, the list of clubs intending to take the first six lines in the table is quite impressive. These include:

  • Derby County;
  • Aston Villa;
  • Sunderland;
  • Hull City;
  • Middlesbrough;
  • Norwich;
  • "Reading";
  • "Fulham", etc.

As practice shows, after the departure from the Premier League, the team has two ways: to return back to the next season or “dust” in the second football division for several years waiting for the next chance.For Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City, the upcoming rally will be decisive. All of these teams received 45 million euros each as a financial parachute and can spend them on quality gain, or the preservation of leaders.

“Reading”, “Fulham”, “Aston Villa” still have every chance to compete for prizes. Reading's game is often compared to the style of Barcelona (last season, the wards of Yapa Stam stopped a step up), a whole galaxy of young talented craftsmen grew up in Fulham, and Aston Villa bought several players in the offseason. Clubs such as Derby County, Norwich, KPR are considered to be the Championships' middle peasants, but at any time they can give a long stretch unbeaten and jump on the last car of the train heading for the Premier League.

Thus, the schedule of the 2016-2017 Championship will not spare any club. The path to the main goal will be thorny for each football team, which is going to be on top of the standings. To achieve success, teams will have to demonstrate an iron character, playful flexibility, and inflexible will to win.Fans will only benefit from this, and their chances to see spectacular matches will increase significantly. Do not miss the start of the tournament on August 4, 2017.


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