Hull and Burnley can thrive in the Premier League next season

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Every Premier League season, the three newly-promoted sides produce very contrasting campaigns.

Last season, for example, Norwich's on-off love affair with the top flight ended miserably again with a 19th placed finish, having got there by beating now-promoted Middlesbrough in the 2015 play-off final. However, Bournemouth's first ever season in the Premier League produced a big surprise, as they secured a 16th placed finish, five points clear of the drop zone. 

And Quique Sanches Flores let Watford to a very comfortable 13th placed finish, also taking them to an FA Cup semi-final, which they lost to Crystal Palace at Wembley. 


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Reasons for optimism 

The 2015-16 Championship campaign saw Burnley bounce straight back after winning the Championship with an impressive 93 points to their name. Middlesbrough got the last laugh over Norwich as they switched divisions after 'Boro snatched 2nd place off Brighton on goal difference. 

Hull will also be joining them in the top flight, and they are another team familiar with the Premier League as like Burnley, they are also bouncing straight back. 

All three teams have the potential to cause their opponents problems and make a name for themselves. 

Yet, it may well be that only Burnley and Hull will secure survival. Hull have more than enough top flight experience and talent to secure back-to-back Premier League campaigns, a feat they haven't often been able to achieve. 

With the likes of ex-West Ham anchor man Mo Diame, Championship joint-second top goalscorer Abel Hernandez and former long-serving Spurs men, Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone in their ranks, manager Steve Bruce will be expecting a more successful campaign than their previous efforts.

Proving the doubters wrong 

Burnley, too, can put previous poor seasons behind them and prove a lot of people wrong with a prosperous campaign. Again, similarly to Hull, they have some vital experience which could be very helpful on their way to securing survival.

Much-loved boss Sean Dyche will be praying that Championship top scorer Andre Gray, alongside the experienced George Boyd, and England squad member Tom Heaton, will deliver the goods. Some summer signings could also bolster the squad. 

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, may not have enough in their arsenal to beat the drop. Aitor Karanka had a minor falling out with his dressing room and threatened to walk out, but he regained the club's trust and ultimately led them to automatic promotion. 

Problems for Boro

Their most notable players include Stewart Downing, Jordan Rhodes and Gaston Ramirez. Even though Downing and Ramirez have plenty of top flight experience, they were released from their clubs for a reason, and that was because they couldn’t make the cut.

Even though they have found a new home at the riverside (it is Downing’s second spell at his boyhood club, where he previously made over 180 appearances,) they may find it difficult to adapt back to the highest level.

What is more, with Karanka having no Premier League managerial experience and main man, Rhodes, only hitting 16 Championship goals (the majority of which were for Blackburn Rovers), Middlesbrough will surely be favourites to be swallowed back into the second tier of English football. 

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