With the Premier League fixtures now confirmed for the 2021/22 season, we’ve taken a closer look at the three promoted clubs and what we can expect when we meet them…
A familiar face is back in the Premier League, after storming to the Championship title under Daniel Farke last season.
Norwich return to the top flight after a year’s absence and are expected to be much better equipped for Premier League football this time around.
Teemu Pukki, Norwich’s talismanic forward, continues to lead the line and can score goals at any level. Todd Cantwell is an exciting young talent providing the creative spark for the Canaries, although they have already lost the services of Emi Buendia who recently moved to Aston Villa for around £30m.
A short trip to Hertfordshire is back on the menu for the coming season, following the Hornets’ promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Watford finished as runners-up in the Championship last season, holding off pressure from the likes of Bournemouth, Brentford, Swansea and Barnsley to clinch the second automatic promotion spot.
They were guided back to the Premier League by Xisco, the former Valencia, Real Betis and Levante winger, who took over at Vicarage Road from Vladimir Ivic in December and securing promotion in late April, with two games remaining.
The Hornets have already set about shaping their squad for the new season, with Danny Rose arriving on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to follow the recent additions of Mattie Pollock and Ashley Fletcher from Grimsby and Middlesbrough respectively.
The likes of Troy Deeney, Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes and former Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah add Premier League experience to the ranks, while Ismaila Sarr is a player reportedly being eyed by some of the top flight’s biggest clubs.
We may have lost our west London neighbours Fulham to relegation, but in their place arrives a Brentford side situated just a few miles up the road.
The Bees’ historic journey up the divisions embarks on a new chapter this season, with Premier League football arriving for the first time in their history to coincide with a first full campaign at their impressive new Brentford Community Stadium.
Thomas Frank led the Bees to the Premier League via the Play-Offs, defeating Swansea in the final, with Ivan Toney’s 33 league goals proving the catalyst for their success.
Brentford have gathered a number of plaudits for the swashbuckling style of play they have implemented, and it will be interesting to see how the adapt to the Premier League.
Along with Toney, the likes of Sergi Canos, Bryan Mbeumo and Saman Ghoddos are going to be expected to score the goals to keep them in the division, while the experienced Pontus Jansson will be required to chaperone a young defensive backline.