The Championship kick off is just two days away and Fulham will have hopes of making it back to the Premier League at the first attempt .

Newly-promoted Brentford's ambitions might not be as big as they embark on life in the second tier.

But how many games would either need to win if they were aiming to secure at least a play-off place at the end of the season?

We've looked at the stats since the start of the Premier League era and they may make surprising reading.

For teams hoping to secure a play-off place are unlikely to need to win half of their league games.

Since the start of the Premier League, no team finishing in sixth in the league - the last play-off spot - has won more than 48 per cent of their games.

Back in the 95-96 season, the team in sixth place won just 37 per cent of their games.

On average, teams finishing in sixth place in the Championship win just 43 per cent of all of their league games over the course of the season.

 

Fulham kick off their season against Ipswich while Brentford host Charlton.