READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Blackburn Rovers' Sam Gallagher wins the ball from a corner during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Blackburn Rovers at Madejski Stadium on April 4, 2017 in Reading, England. (Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images)

With Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United confirmed to be promoted to the Premier League for the 17/18 season, we take a look at the 5 remaining Championship teams that could achieve Premier League status.

5 Teams That Could Achieve Premier League Status

Reading

Current Championship position: 3rd

Season spend: £7.6 million

Manager: Jaap Stam

Last in Premier League: 2012/13

Summary: Reading’s consistent season is coming to a stuttering end. With recent defeats to relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest and a 7-1 thumping by Norwich City, Reading are not the form team going into the play-offs. They’ll be looking to gather some momentum in their final two fixtures against Wigan and Burton.

Sheffield Wednesday

Current Championship position: 4th

Season spend: £9.3 million

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal

Last in Premier League: 1999/00

Summary: With attendances pushing the 30,000 mark in the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday are certainly a sleeping giant. In their best season since being relegated from the Premier League Wednesday will be looking to use their 12th man in the play-offs. They are due to play fellow promotion-hopefuls Fulham on the last day of the regular season. The result of that could have a huge psychological impact on the losing side.

Huddersfield Town

Current Championship position: 5th

Season spend: £3.8 million

Manager: David Wagner

Last in Premier League: Never

Summary: The Terriers are the Championship’s surprise package this season after appointing relatively unknown boss David Wagner whose only experience was with the Borussia Dortmund second team. He has quickly made his mark in England and with Birmingham and Cardiff still to play they should feel no pressure as the play-offs’ underdogs. 

Fulham

Current Championship position: 6th

Season spend: £21.7 million

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Last in Premier League: 2013/14

Summary: The biggest spending of the remaining 5 contenders, Fulham have arrived very late to the promotion party. In late October the Cottagers found themselves in 14th position. Their late charge has been helped by impressive recent wins over Huddersfield (4-1), Aston Villa (3-1) and Norwich (3-1). They’re looking to keep their winning run going in their final two fixtures against Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds United

Current Championship position: 7th

Season spend: £7.3 million

Manager: Garry Monk

Last in Premier League: 2003/04

Summary: Since reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 Leeds United’s dramatic fall from grace has been a painful one for the West Yorkshire outfit. With 12 managerial changes in 5 seasons Leeds have finally found some continuity under the leadership of ex-Swansea boss Garry Monk. With some powerful displays in front of sell-out crowds at Elland Road it looks like another sleeping giant could be returning to England’s elite. But they have to navigate through fixtures against Norwich and Wigan as well as hoping that one of the teams above them drops points if they are to make it into the play-offs.

The first legs of the Championship play-off semi-finals will be played on the weekend of 13th May with the second legs played the following midweek. The final will be played on 29th May.

Written by Tom Tyler (@gameof2football)

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