Hull City season predictions: Should have no trouble securing the play-offs

Hull City KC Stadium

Hull City will hope that they have enough quality to stamp their authority in the Championship and make an immediate Premier League return.

Hull could consider themselves somewhat unfortunate to suffer relegation last season but they will be confident that the immensely experienced Steve Bruce can help them bounce back.

The Tigers have suffered the inevitable exodus of talent that follows demotion but they have found some potentially impressive replacements. However, it remains to be seen whether Hull's new boys can gel quickly enough to mount a promotion push.

Prediction: 3rd.

Mathew Nash: Should be able to fight back and try again for promotion. However, they are likely to come up short.

Freddie Shires: The stability of having Steve Bruce still in charge and most of last season’s squad intact will prove a massive boost.

Damien Lucas: It's always difficult to bounce straight back after relegation but I think Steve Bruce has played this game too many times and will have Hull right up there after a shaky start. Hull had a good squad last season and will get promoted as runners-up.

Che Thomas: Hull were unlucky to go down last season, having a significantly better goal difference than most of the sides around them, and Steve Bruce has managed to keep enough quality to take them straight back up.

Stephen Pickering: Steve Bruce has been left frustrated with his side’s transfer business this summer, however, he still has the players to ensure a top six finish. The form of Tom Huddlestone, James Chester and Curtis Davies could prove pivotal. Key player: Curtis Davies

Tim Poole: The uncertainty surrounding the club this summer could set a bad precedent for the campaign as a whole.

Billy Hawkins: Having kept much the same squad as in the Premier League, should have no trouble securing the play-offs.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

Middlesbrough

Derby County

Hull City

Burnley

QPR

Wolves

Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United

Brentford

Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest

Reading

Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic

Brighton

MK Dons

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Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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