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Huddersfield seek to beat the odds of play-off winners and survive in top flight

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Huddersfield seek to beat the odds of play-off winners and survive in top flight


Huddersfield have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Reading on penalties in the Championship play-off final.

Attention will now turn to survival in the top flight for David Wagner and co – with the record of previous play-off winners providing mixed messages as to their hopes.

:: In 15 of the 25 Premier League seasons to date, the team promoted via the play-offs has been relegated – meaning 10, or 40 per cent, have survived.

:: However, the average finishing position the season after winning the play-offs is 16th (15.92, or 15.95 in the years since the Premier League was reduced to 20 teams).

:: That is thanks to five teams finishing in the top half – Blackburn were fourth in 1992-93, the first season of the Premier League, Leicester ninth in 1996-97, Ipswich fifth in 2000-01 and West Ham ninth in 2005-06 and 10th in 2012-13.

:: The last team to survive after winning the play-offs were Crystal Palace in 2013-14. Since then, QPR, Norwich and Hull have each lasted just one season.

:: Birmingham, the last team to win promotion via a penalty shoot-out, survived and finished 13th in the following top-flight season in 2002-03. Charlton, though, were relegated in 1998-99 after going up in similar fashion.

:: Three other finals went to extra time, with Palace (2013-14) and Leicester (1996-97) surviving but Bolton relegated in 1995-96.

:: Huddersfield finished the regular season in fifth place, the third of the four play-off spots. Three of the seven teams previously promoted from that third play-off slot have survived – the aforementioned Palace, Birmingham and Leicester teams – with the other four relegated.

:: Town are the first team ever promoted to the Premier League with a negative goal difference.

Source: PA




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