Which clubs have been promoted to the Premier League 2023-24?
The final spot was decided through a penalty shoot-out
Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town are guaranteed first-division football (Premier League) for next season. The final spot was confirmed after Luton Town’s victory over Coventry City in the EFL Championship playoff finals. Both teams played 49 games in their league campaigns, and after a tight final at Wembley, Luton Town cruised past Coventry. This will be their first appearance in the Premier League.
The playoff final went deep into extra time. Jordan Clark scored the opening goal of the match in the 23rd minute. Elijah Adebayo created the goal for his teammate. Coventry City kept fighting and made a comeback in the 66th minute. Viktor Gyokeres created a chance for Gustavo Harmer and he took his chance. Coventry equalised and took the match into extra time.
The first half of extra time was goalless. The players looked tired and created few chances. Joseph Taylor came off the bench and scored a goal in the 117th minute. It looked like Luton were going directly into the Premier League. However, the VAR ruled it out due to a handball. The match went down to penalties.
Both teams scored their first five penalties and the match went into a do-or-die situation. Fankaty Dabo missed his penalty for Coventry City and Luton Town won the match 6-5 on penalties.
The 24 teams in the EFL Championship play 46 games each to gain promotion back to the Premier League. There are three spots to regain top-flight status. The top two teams get automatic promotion. Four teams battle for the final spot. These four teams are ranked from third to sixth in the league standings.
Burnley won the league with 101 points. They were excellent throughout the season, and that led to this success. Sheffield United proved to be the second-best team. The Blades finished ten points behind the champions. Luton Town, Middlesbrough, Coventry City, and Sunderland finished behind them in this respective order. Boro lost to Coventry, and Luton Town won their match against Sunderland to set up a final at Wembley Stadium. With the final spot decided, let’s look at the teams that have made it back to the Premier League.
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Manchester City’s legend, Vincent Kompany, led Burnley back to the Premier League after spending just one season in the second division. The Clarets showed utter dominance in the league and scored a century of points. Burnley had a lot of youngsters in their squad. Kompany signed them on loan deals, and these players were instrumental in guiding Burnley to promotion. The Clarets last won the title in the 2015-16 season. Kompany will now aim to achieve safety in the Premier League. Burnley scored 87 goals and conceded 35 times. They were the best team in attack and defence.
Sheffield United have also returned to top-flight football after spending two years in the second division. They finished the league with 91 points and had an 11-point lead over the team that finished third. The Blades spent the 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons in the Premier League. Under Chris Wilder, they finished ninth in their first season in the top flight. The following season, they finished last and were relegated. Some of the players have Premier League experience, and that will be handy to keep them up for more than one season. The Blades scored 73 goals in the league and conceded 39.
Luton Town’s fairytale story has taken them to the Premier League. They were playing non-league football in 2013-14. The following four seasons they played in EFL League Two. Luton then earned back-to-back promotions. This was their fourth consecutive season in the EFL Championship. Now the team will play in the Premier League next season.
These teams will be ready to play in the competitive nature of the Premier League. After a long season in the EFL Championship, Burnley, Sheffield United, and Luton Town have finally made it through. Their fans will be happy with the way their teams have shown consistency in the league. Now their only focus will be to guarantee safety next season. These teams will look to add a few players to strengthen their team and play against the elites.