Despite a poor start to the season under manager Steven Gerrard, Aston Villa managed to turn their season around after the arrival of ex-Arsenal and Sevilla boss Unai Emery. Emery’s last stint in the Premier League left much to be desired but he has seemed to find his footing with Aston Villa. Villa finished seventh leaving them in the Europa League Conference Qualifiers, showing they are definitely capable of finishing in the top half of the table. The only doubt for this may be if their focus remains on Europe and as a consequence, their league football suffers.
Sunderland had an impressive first season back in the Championship, finishing sixth and within the Play-off places. Though they suffered a 3 - 2 aggregate loss to Luton Town, this showed they definitely have the squad and ability to finish in the top half of the table at least.
Wycombe had a tough season for the 2022/23 campaign, finishing ninth in comparison to the year before’s sixth-place finish. Despite this downturn in form, Wycombe still finished in the top half of the table and looks likely to repeat this feat or improve on it this season.