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Opinion: Premier League to the Championship, how big really is the difference?

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Every week there is a discussion in your local, “how big is the gap between the Premier League and the Championship?” and every week people divulge their differing opinions, some think the gap is massive and some think the gap isn’t really that significant.

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Firstly lets look at some stats over the last three seasons. Lets take the FA Cup match ups between sides from the two divisions.

From 2012/13 – 2014/15, Premier League sides have 38 wins, Championship sides have 12 wins and there has been 11 draws.

The most successful Championship side over the last three seasons is Blackburn Rovers, they’ve accumulated three wins (versus Stoke City, Swansea City and Arsenal) two draws (versus Liverpool and Manchester City) and two defeats (versus Liverpool and Manchester City). Well done Blackburn, a significant achievement considering the ever widening gap between the two divisions

Therefore a 19% win rate for Championship sides and a 62% win rate for Premier League sides. That’s the results side of things.

Now onto the financial aspects of the two divisions, the lowest income total received by a Premier League side last season (in terms of prize money and TV share) was the £64.8 million received by Queens Park Rangers, whilst the top earners in the Championship (excluding relegated sides, that receive parachute payments) received around 70% less than that figure.

Added to this massive financial gap is the recently imposed Financial Fair Play regulations, this limits the amount of money Championship sides can spend and in turn means they cannot compete for a certain quality of player, of which in turn sees a decrease in the quality of the league.

Therefore a knock on effect of this, is that the three relegated teams from the Premier League each season have a massive advantage with the amount of income they receive in the way of parachute payments, meaning other Championship clubs simply will not be able to compete.

Even if an un-fancied side does make it to the Premier League, the likelihood is their side will be derived of the quality that is necessary to compete in the top flight and will drop straight back down.

Overall, I think it is evident that the gap between the two divisions widens every season.

What do you think Championship fans? Is the gap widening? Comment below and let us know your views!


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