The Championship used to be the term given to the sides winning England’s top flight at the end of the season.
That all changed in 1992 with the inception of the Premier League, but arguably winning the Championship now is more lucrative than it ever was back then. It might be England’s Second Division, but the prize on offer is huge. It is believed promotion to the Premier League is worth around £170m. To some degree, it can make or break a team’s fortunes for many, many years, with smaller clubs such a Stoke City, Bournemouth and Burnley all achieving promotion and building success on the back of that. Continue reading Which Championship Teams to Bet on for Promotion
England head coach Gareth Southgate has insisted that Jack Wilshere is unlikely to get a reckoning in his squad unless he earns regular Premier League action with Arsenal. The 25-year-old has earned 13 minutes of top-flight football this term with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to utilise him in the League Cup and Europa League outings.
Wilshere has always been regarded as one of England’s finest midfielders, but his constant injury concerns have hampered his chances of earning a regular call-up. The playmaker last featured for the Three Lions during the European championships in France in 2016, and Southgate has now suggested that he will have to gain more game time to the Premier League to knock on the national team door.
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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that sometimes reading too much of the press can bring its own problems – especially in the current day and age, where 24 hours a day needs to be filled on the likes of SkySports and online. Whilst it’s difficult to stay away from the various sorts of reports and articles, Howe thinks it’s absolutely imperative.
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