Abdi names Sheffield Wednesday’s main challengers for promotion

Aston Villa's Idrissa Gueye (L) and Leandro Bacuna (R) in action with Watford's Almen Abdi

The Sheffield Wednesday attacker names Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Norwich City, Derby County, Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham.

Almen Abdi scores the first goal for Watford from a free kickAlmen Abdi scores for Watford

Sheffield Wednesday attacking midfielder Almen Abdi named on the The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, August 8, 2016) the teams that he thinks pose the biggest threats to his side’s promotion chances.

Wednesday will be aiming to win promotion from the Championship to the Premier League at the end of the season.

The Owls finished sixth in the league table during the 2015-16 campaign and reached the playoff final.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side are among the favourites to finish in the top six of the league table this campaign, and many will back them to end up in the top two.

Abdi, who joined Wednesday from Premier League outfit Watford in the summer transfer window, has named the teams he thinks will challenge his side for promotion.

Almen Abdi celebrates with Ikechi Anya (L) and Mario Suarez (R) after scoring the first goal for WatfordAlmen Abdi celebrates with Ikechi Anya (L) and Mario Suarez (R)

The 29-year-old Switzerland international attacking midfielder has named Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County and Fulham as Wednesday’s main challengers.

“I mean, it’s still early to say that, but when I can see the teams, I would say, of course, Norwich, Newcastle, Villa,” said Abdi on the The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, August 8, 2016) when asked about the teams who pose the biggest threats to Wednesday.

“These three teams got relegated, and there are other very strong teams like Brighton, Derby. Fulham was really good.”

Watford's Almen Abdi in action with Aston Villa's Jordan AyewAlmen Abdi in action with Jordan Ayew

Newcastle are the favourites to win the Championship title this season, although the 1-0 defeat to Fulham away from home at Craven Cottage in London last week was a reality check for the Magpies.

Villa lost to Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but the Villans remain contenders for a top-six finish.

It is hard to see Fulham launch a challenge for the playoffs, but Norwich and Debry should be considered genuine contenders for automatic promotion.

Brighton were probably unlucky not to get promoted last season, and it remains to be seen if the Seagulls are able to repeat their heroics of the 2015-16 campaign.

Watford's Almen Abdi in action with Liverpool's Joe AllenAlmen Abdi in action with Joe Allen

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