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Pundits predict which of Leicester, Leeds and Southampton they tip for immediate Premier League return

Pundits predict which of Leicester, Leeds and Southampton they tip for an immediate return to the Premier League after relegation.

Leicester, who were Premier League champions in 2015-16, are relegated to the Championship, becoming only the second team to win the title and then go down after Blackburn Rovers, something that UK’s best gambling sites hardly anticipated.

Everton have survived with Abdoulaye Doucoure’s goal keeping the Toffees in the Premier League, yet another great escape but big changes are needed if the club want to avoid another relegation battle next season.

Lucas Moura’s goal was the final act of the afternoon at Tottenham thrashed Leeds, who are relegated back to the Championship.

There were chants of derision towards the players, some of whom put their face in their shirt to hide the tears. It was 16 years before Leeds returned last time.

Roy Keane, Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher were unconvinced at there being a standout candidate to win immediate promotion back up again.

Richards said: “It’s hard. I mean probably Leices… it depends who they keep, who stays and who goes.

“We always talk about Southampton being a stable club, the way they recruited and brought players in then sell them on.

“So you would stay Southampton are quite stable. It’s an open-ended question.”

Keane appeared to suggest that the Leeds managerial situation might be problematic, with Allardyce preparing to leave Elland Road following his short and unsuccessful four match stint.

The situation is similar at Leicester, where Dean Smith was brought in to play the final eight matches of the season. However, he failed to keep the Foxes in the top flight.

Carragher was in agreement, and he cited the fact that Saints had already lined up Swansea’s Russell Martin to replace him at St Mary’s.

Carra added: “Southampton, even before the last game, know who their manager is next season, they’ve brought in Russell Martin straight away.

“It will be really interesting how long Leeds or Leicester actually take to appoint a new manager or whether these managers that are there stay on.

“Dean Smith said he’s not quite sure if he’s going to be there or not.

“I think they’ve got to be really decisive and announce that in the next week or so.”

Winner (of the three relegated teams)
Leicester – 5/1
Leeds – 11/2
Southampton – 10/1

Promoted (of the three relegated teams)
Leicester – 13/8
Leeds – 7/4
Southampton – 3/1

After the Sky Sports pundits predict which of Leicester, Leeds and Southampton they tip for an immediate Premier League return, fans also gave their thoughts…

@187DZA: Can’t see Southampton losing many players this summer. Leeds will lose players and Leicester might lose a good 40% of the first team. Southampton might have the better chance to come back up

@MattyTJW: I feel Southampton. They’ve planned early by getting their manager sorted and a very good one at that, plus they have a lot of sellable assets and are decent financially without selling anyway. I feel they’ll spend as little as possible so they can maximise their spend in the pl.

@TommyKinsman: Southampton will come back fairly easily as they have planned for this. Leeds might come up as their squad is full of championship players , Leicester have a bigger issue as there will be a huge exodus in the summer.

@DJWENZE: Leicester will struggle. They made a massive loss with PL income, and will lose 100m of that income next season, even with parachute payments. Add to that the players out of contract who can’t be sold for money. They will need a complete rebuild and will have no funds for it. They have a loan to Macquarie which needs repaying. They will need to sell those stars who are still in contract just to balance the books enough to stay solvent and within EFL’s tighter FFP rules, but that will leave them with a depleted squad and no money to rebuild.

@CFCWARREN: Leicester. That’s if they manage to keep hold of the Maddison’s etc. Vardy will be massively effective in the championship

@zacsmidnights: Leeds maybe, if we get rid of the bad players and get some good ones in. Helps that we have the most recent experience in the championship, having only been there just 3 years ago. But tbh I think Leicester will go straight back up

@mahmud19971: Southampton then maybe Leeds if they get right manager there squad is full of championship quality anyways

@pippasibbald: Not Leeds. Not unless there’s a clear out starting at the top with the Board.

@malex200311: I don’t see any coming straight back up

@liammufc03: Definitely Southampton

@Paul_the_Fox: I hate to say it, but it won’t be Leicester.

@carlsmith_88: Any of them but leeds

@KelvinLeGod1986: Southampton 😇

@rickster_patel: leeds hopefully with the Americans being in full control rather than @andrearadri the Italian fraud 🇮🇹

@m46197009: Everyone saying Southampton, they won 6 games and only managed 25 points with the top players they have,, the top players will obviously move on now. They’re no better placed than Norwich tbh

@_alexsmith1999_: Albeit at this early stage, I’d put money on Leeds to win it. Some excellent young players to build a new look squad around; Cresswell, Shackleton, Drameh, Hjelde. I actually think that relegation could benefit them in the long run

@RedDogGary: Southampton, some good young players and not in as much as a mess as the other two

@Mr_Aaron_23: Southampton will win the league, Leeds will finish in the top six but miss out on promotion, Leicester will not get into playoffs

@bLeedsUtd: The Championship is impossible to predict at the best of times. Without knowing our owners, DOF, manager or players for next season…I’d predict somewhere between 1-24 for Leeds

Depends if we can organise some or all of the following;
An Owner
An Sporting Director
A director of football
A manager
An assistant manager
A coaching team
At least 6 first team players

@Aaron_Howells: More faith that Southampton will finish higher than both Leicester and Leeds. As a Leicester fan, can see anything other than a 8-14th finish, gonna be a tough season for us #lcfc

@Medds92: None, massive rebuilds needed

@jamiehack1: Southampton will probably be one of the favourites to go straight back up. Leicester have to do a fire sale to reduce the wage bill. Leeds might take them another 16 years or not as they are unpredictable.

@andyhmfcc: i actually think southampton are in the best position of the 3 to come straight back up

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