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Three Things Thursday: The Three newly promoted Premier League teams that avoided relegation

For only the third time in the Premier League’s history, all three newly promoted teams have avoided the drop, despite a highly eventful season. We take a closer look at their 2017/18 campaign. 

Huddersfield Town

The relegation line in the Premier League is a place that routinely hosts the newly promoted teams, as quick to exit the competition as they’ve entered it. Financial power and experience all play a part, and these teams rarely meet the demands of the league and are condemned to return to the Championship.

But there are exceptions. This season is the third time in the history of the EPL that all newly promoted teams have successfully avoided the drop.

For the tiny club of Huddersfield Town, this season has been a chance to defy expectations. No less, the team secured their place in next year’s Premier League with a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea. It’s a season that has also seen the club secure a historic victory over Manchester United in their desperate attempts to find safety.

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It’s quite an achievement for a side known to run on a very tight budget with the supporters that regularly fill the 24.500 seat stadium will have the chance to once again see their team battle the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the EPL.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton started off their campaign well enough, earning 12 points from their first 10 outings (as did fellow upstarts Huddersfield). The team built on its early success and currently find themselves in a comfortable 14th place out of 20 teams.

Brighton and Hove Albiom manager

As the team with significantly the lowest wage bill in the Premier League, Brighton have certainly performed beyond what most would have expected. The small English club even recorded victories against the likes of West Ham, Arsenal and more recently Manchester United.

Their second Premier League season could bring the advantage of extra cash to spend on new recruits and Brighton could well make a tradition out of playing in England’s top flight.

Newcastle Club

Newcastle is a team with a great tradition, lead this season by Rafa Benitez, a manager with an incredible resume. But considering the level of competitiveness in the league, the team’s lack of big name players and the club’s budget, the Magpies looked almost certain to go down by the season’s end.

Not only did this not happen, but the club is currently in 10th place and there are already talks of the club looking to up the ante. Benitez is said to have asked for a bigger budget for next season, that could allow him to challenge for a place among the league’s top teams.

Impressive victories were secured against big teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United (yes, all three of these teams won against Mourinho’s men), but Newcastle showed they could secure the points against lower-class clubs.

The newly promoted teams have managed to avoid the drop in one of the best leagues in the world. The majority of their squads are made up of players represented by free cards in FootballCoin contests. Join the contests for a free chance to showcase your managerial skill and win important cryptocurrency prizes.

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