With the English Football League fixtures set to be unveiled on Wednesday morning, we take a look at those sides who have been joined QPR, Fulham and Brentford in the Championship.

We take a look at the three teams who've been relegated from the Premier League; Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Hull City

The Tigers could be a different looking team by the time the league kicks off in August. Having already lost their manager Marco Silva to Watford, and with a number of their highest profile stars linked with moves away this summer, it could be a tricky season for Leonid Slutsky's new side.

Hull have already lost Harry Maguire to Leicester, and with talks of moves for Andrew Robertson, Tom Huddlestone and goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, the new boss could have a job on his hands to get them ready for next season.

Verdict: Could see them getting off to an inconsistent start, but i'd certainly expect them to be in the top six come May next year.


The wheels came off for the Teessiders at the end of last season, meaning they were relegated with little more than a whimper. However the appointment of Garry Monk as manager seems to have rejuventated the feeling at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro are expecting to lose a number of their squad this summer, most notably captain Ben Gibson who is attracting the attention of a number of Premier League sides, but it's thought that the side will boast enough quality to mount a real promotion challenge next season, as long as they make some smart additions over the summer.

Verdict: Everything is in place for a successful campaign at the Riverside Stadium, and as long as the side can retain the core of their squad and make the right additions, Boro will be right up there next season.


It could be a difficult year for Sunderland. Having lost Jordan Pickford to Everton, and with Jermain Defoe seemingly on the brink of a move to Bournemouth, their squad look painfully frail. Without a manager in place, and with the long-term ownership of the club up in the air, it looks like it could be a difficult season for the Black Cats unless things take a big turn for the better.

Verdict: The club will need to move swiftly to get matters on the field in order. With an extremely thin squad, and distinctly lacking in Championship experience, i wouldn't be surprised to see Sunderland floating just above the relegation zone next season, that is, unless they can make some crucial signings before the end of August.