2011-12 NPower Championship: 8 Teams to Watch for

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2011-12 NPower Championship: 8 Teams to Watch for
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The new championship season begins tonight and more excitement is expected in one of the most entertaining leagues in Europe as 24 teams are challenging for just three places in the Premier League in 2012-13.

And there have never been as many teams who have a realistic chance to follow in the footsteps of QPR (pictured celebrating above), Norwich and Swansea in gaining promotion to the best league in the world.

From the teams who suffered the agony of relegation from the Premier League last year to the teams joining the division having gained promotion from League 1, so many clubs have cause for optimism heading into the first games of the season.

Here are eight of these teams that should fancy themselves to be challenging for those three places in the Premier League next season.  

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