English Premier League: Watford and Norwich Bounce Back to the Top Tier

2021-04-25 Football

The Hornets finally secured one place for the Premier League promotion next season. They followed Norwich which already sealed their way back to the top flight earlier this month. These two sides bounced back to the 1st tier after being relegated two seasons ago.


Watford clinched their narrow win last weekend while hosting Milwall 1-0. A single goal by Ismail Sarr's penalty was the only one which made the difference. Xisco Munoz's men secured the runner up position after having ten points clear from Brentford sitting on the third. Thomas Frank's side also snatched a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on the road. Yet, it did not make any difference.


For Watford FC, this is their fifth promotion to the top flight. The previous four were in 1981/82, 1998/99, 2005/06 and 2014/15 season. Their best position in history of English top flight league was in 1982/83 season when The Hornets finished on the second while during Premier League era, their best season was in 2018/19 under the reign of Aidy Boothroyd, Troy Deeney and Co was sitting on the 11th in the standings and reached the FA Cup final before being thumped by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.


Meanwhile, Norwich City has been promoted to the Premier League for six times. The last one was actually three years ago. Daniel Farke's men led the championship table most of the season. They have collected 93 points so far. Now, Temmu Pukki and Co will have to perform better in the top flight next season than in 2019/20 to avoid being addressed 'the yo-yo' club because of their notorious reputation as the team which got promoted but then instantly is relegated in the following season.


The remaining one ticket will be something the four clubs are fighting over via playoff stage. There are still five teams battling for the four spots in the last two games left. They are Brentford, Bournemouth, Swansea, Barnsley and Reading. The playoff will be played at the end of May in Wembley Stadium, London. The winner of Championship Playoff will join The Canaries and The Hornets to replace Sheffield United plus two more relegated teams at the bottom three of EPL.