The Championship Season has been slated for a return on 20th June, 3 days after the return of the Premier League. The season is expected to conclude on or around 30 July should everything go as planned. The government has laid down strict rules requiring that elite sporting events be carried out behind closed doors. Clubs are also required to adhere to strict safety requirements and government guidance. The decision by the EFL to resume the competition in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League is to ensure there are no issues with promotions and relegations.
What about clubs and players?
Clubs will be allowed to increase their matchday squads to 20 players and be able to use up to 5 substitutes. This is to protect players from the huge number of games they are required to play within a very short period of time. While fans will not be allowed to attend matches, the EFL has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring all the remaining 108 games, as well as playoffs, are broadcast.
Before the Championship was suspended on 13 March, Leeds United were leading the pack by a point above West Bromwich Albion. Leeds had a good run of 5 successive wins, while West Bromwich Albion had just won twice in their previous 5 games. Fulham occupies third place, 6 points behind West Bromwich Albion. There are just 10 points separating Brentford at fourth, and Queens Park Rangers at thirteenth. This means the restart could be a mouth-watering contest as teams’ battle for a place at the play-offs.
About Stoke City F.C.
On the other end of the table, there is a difference of just 8 points separating eight teams. This means the battle to escape from relegation will be an anxious one. Barnsley are bottom and seven points from safety. Luton Town are just above them by a single point, while Charlton Athletic occupy the final relegation spot. Hull City are also struggling with the bottom pack, while Wigan Athletic and Middlesbrough stand just two points from the relegation places. While Stoke City FC and Huddersfield are both 3 points clear of danger, they will try and avoid any slip up that will thrust them into the relegation scrap.