Championship predictor: What will final 2017-18 table look like?

Will Sunderland bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt? Can new signing John Terry inspire Aston Villa to promotion? Will the promoted clubs struggle to survive?

Whichever club you follow, there are always high hopes at the start of any season.

Maybe this will finally be your club's time to reach the top flight? The year your team "do a Huddersfield" by defying all pre-season predictions to win promotion?

We've had a go...

We may be opening ourselves up to criticism from fans, players and managers of several clubs by doing this, but we have decided to try it ourselves. Remember - it is just a bit of fun!

A group of 25 BBC Sport journalists who cover Championship football on a regular basis were asked to make their predictions, and their forecasts were combined to make a final table.

In our defence, there are about 620,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 different combinations, so the chances are that we will probably end up getting it horribly wrong!

How our predicted table was put together

Our journalists were asked to place each Championship team in positions one to 24. The first-placed team was given one point, the second-placed team two points and so on.

Once all predictions had been received, all of the points for each individual club were added together and then divided by the number of responses (25) to give each club an average position.

The team with the highest average position was placed first in the final table, while the side with the lowest average position was placed 24th.

BBC Sport's predicted final table
Pos Team Average
1 Middlesbrough 2.68
2 Fulham 3.36
3 Aston Villa 3.96
4 Sheffield Wednesday 5.12
5 Derby County 5.68
6 Wolves 6.92
7 Reading 8.24
8 Norwich City 9.08
9 Hull City 9.12
10 Leeds United 9.56
11 Sunderland 11.16
12 Birmingham City 11.60
13 Cardiff City 12.56
14 Brentford 13.20
15 Nottingham Forest 15.56
16 Sheffield United 15.80
17 Preston North End 16.96
18 Queens Park Rangers 17.52
19 Bristol City 17.84
20 Ipswich Town 18.44
21 Barnsley 20.12
22 Bolton Wanderers 20.36
23 Millwall 22.28
24 Burton Albion 22.88

How did we rate your club?

Title favourites

The teams coming down

While Middlesbrough were backed to do well, the fates of fellow relegated clubs Hull and Sunderland split our group of journalists:

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The play-offs

Rising and falling

Of the 18 teams remaining in the Championship from 2016-17:

Wolves paid a Championship record fee, reported to be £15.8m, to sign midfielder Ruben Neves from Porto in July

The teams coming up

The relegation battle

Burton finished 20th at the end of their first ever season in the second tier, one point above the relegation zone

Source: BBC NEWS