Is the Championship the most competitive league in the world?
A lot of you while reading the title will laugh at the idea that the Sky Bet Championship is the most competitive league in the world, but are there things we are not considering?
In the Premier League, you have 7 teams that are always at the top of the table: Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. Then you have the teams that are always in the middle of the table in the Premier League such as Swansea and Stoke, and then the teams always battling for relegation: Sunderland, Norwich, Newcastle. The league always seems to turn out that way.
In the Championship however, it is extremely difficult to call where any of the teams will come at the end of the season. Take last season for example, Fulham were in the top flight of English football for years, and they were relegated to the Championship. On the first day of the season they came up against an Ipswich Town side that had been in the Championship for 14 seasons straight, and most people were expecting a Fulham win, and with the likes of Scott Parker and Alexander Kacaniklic, most people were tipping Fulham for promotion, but on the opening day of the season, they lost 2-1 to Ipswich Town, and continued throughout the season up and down, and finished 17th out of 24 teams.
Another example is Brighton. Last season in the Championship they finished 20th, this season, they are unbeaten at the top of the table after 11 games. Brentford last season, finished 5th and that was there first season back in the championship after being promoted from League 1 in 2014, and Ipswich finished 6th. No one was thinking that those two teams at the end of the season would be in the Play-Off zone, but they both were.
Looking at the other end of the table, people were expecting Blackpool to struggle after what happened with their team and particularly the clubs owner Oyston. and Millwall have always been a struggling team in that division, but when Wigan got relegated, the same Wigan that won the FA cup in 2014, people really werent expecting it at the start of the season.
This is why I think that the Championship is the most competitive professional league in the world.