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The race for Premier League Promotion

As the players are currently on international break, fans of clubs will be longing for the final few games of the season to see who gains promotion.

Currently Norwich, Watford, Swansea City and Brentford will all be optimistic for a positive end to the season, as they aim to finish in the top two guaranteeing promotion to the Premier League.

Norwich

The Canaries are by far firm favourites for the promotion with a 14 point gap on 3rd place Swansea. Hence, something extraordinary would have to happen to stop them from gaining their fifth promotion to the Premier League.

Since losing 2-0 to Swansea on February 5th, Daniel Farke’s side have gone on a 10 game unbeaten run, winning nine of them.

They have been sensational this season, resulting in many of their players deserving to be in the Championship team of the season.

Emiliano Buendia has arguably been the standout player of the season, registering 10 goals and 13 assists in 31 championship games.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City is challenged by Etienne Capoue of Watford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Norwich City at Vicarage Road on December 26, 2020 in Watford, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Watford

The Hornets are currently in second place with a six points gap on Swansea and seven points on Brentford. Yet, both these chasing sides have a game in hand on Watford.

Their recent form under December’s appointment Xisco Munoz, winning nine in their last 10 games, puts them in a great position to bounce straight back to the Premier League.

However, they a have tough run of remaining fixtures to the end of the season. Watford still have to travel to Norwich and Brentford, before hosting Swansea City in a crucial last game of the season.

They will turn to star winger Ismaila Sarr, who is the club’s leading goalscorer and assist-maker this season with nine each, to help secure promotion.

Swansea City

The Swans have been this season’s surprise package. After scaping a playoff spot in the final game of last season, they find themselves in a promising position with nine games to go.

Steve Cooper’s side will need to regain their form after losing their last two games including the South Wales derby last Saturday.

They have a positive run of games with only one game against a side in the top nine, Reading, before traveling to Watford in the last game of the season.

For most of the season Swansea’s defence has been a key highlight to their success, keeping 18 clean sheets in the Championship.

SWANSEA, WALES – JANUARY 27: Ivan Toney of Brentford questions a decision by referee John Brooks during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Brentford at Liberty Stadium on January 27, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Brentford

The Bees will be aiming to finish one better than last season when they narrowly missed out on promotion on the final day.

Like Swansea, their recent form has cost them, registering only three wins in their last nine games which must improve if they want to gain promotion this time out.

Thomas Frank’s side have a fairly comfortable run-in before they host Watford in a must win match at home, in their second last game of the season.

New signing Ivan Toney has been influential in their success this season. He is currently the Championship’s top-scorer with 28 goals and has assisted nine more for Brentford.

Verdict

Norwich look set for another promotion to the Premier League while it is building up to be a close battle for second place. Watford are favourites but it will most likely come down to their last two games of the season playing both Brentford and Swansea. They will aim to be in a position to afford to draw those games, yet a better run in for Swansea and Brentford may help close the gap before they face Watford. Yet, it is hard to look past the Hornet’s current gap and far superior form, meaning both relegated teams are set to bounce back up to the Premier League this season.

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