Rangers return to the Premier for the first time since relegation following the 1996 season. For Norwich they last played in the top flight in 2005. Since then they struggled and were actually relegated into League One, one level below the Championship, after the 2009 season. They bounced back and won the League one title in 2010 and then earned a second consecutive promotion this season.
The playoffs are all set. Swansea City will face Nottingham Forest while Cardiff City takes on Reading. Playoffs schedule can be found here. Swansea managed to get third place, finishing ahead of their Welsh rivals Cardiff based on goal differential. Nottingham's win over Crystal Palace gave them the points they needed to stay ahead of Leeds United who beat QPR on Saturday.
The Championship bids farewell to the three relegated teams, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United. Preston had the longest current tenure at this level of any team in the league, having been here for 11 consecutive seasons. Scunthorpe's stay was brief, just one season as they return back to League One after earning promotion from there last year. Sheffield United ends a four-season run after relegation from the Premier League and will also be
After the jump I will review the results of my weekend predictions.
|Predicted Score||Actual Score||Points|
|Norwich City||2||Coventry City||1||Norwich City||2||Coventry City||2||-10|
|Reading||2||Derby County||1||Reading||2||Derby County||1||30|
|Leicester City||2||Ipswich Town||1||Leicester City||4||Ipswich Town||2||10|
|Queens Park Rangers||2||Leeds United||1||Queens Park Rangers||1||Leeds United||2||-10|
|Burnley||1||Cardiff City||1||Burnley||2||Cardiff City||2||20|
|Bristol City||1||Hull City||2||Bristol City||3||Hull City||0||-10|
|Crystal Palace||1||Nottingham Forest||1||Crystal Palace||0||Nottingham Forest||3||-10|
|Scunthorpe United||1||Portsmouth||2||Scunthorpe United||1||Portsmouth||1||-10|
|Swansea City||2||Sheffield United||0||Swansea City||4||Sheffield United||0||10|
|Preston North End||1||Watford||2||Preston North End||3||Watford||1||-10|
|Middlesbrough||2||Doncaster Rovers||1||Middlesbrough||3||Doncaster Rovers||0||10|
I basically broke even in my final week of predictions. Guessed 5 of 12 outcomes correctly and one score exactly. Later this week I will post my predictions for the playoffs.