Knowing your enemy

Before a ball was kicked in this year’s EFL Championship, our models rated newly-promoted Ipswich Town as the fifth-strongest team in the division. Their underlying performance in League One was so good that we had them as one of the favourites to go up – something they achieved last week.

With promotion and relegation places being decided across Europe, below are a number of teams whose place in their new division next season is likely to surprise many. For these clubs, having a true sense of where they are in their new league is critical for deciding the extent to which a squad needs changes this summer. The same is true for their competitors, who must assess the strength of their division before weighing up squad building decisions.

By Omar Chaudhuri
Chief Intelligence Officer 

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