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2020-21 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Ismaïla Sarr (11' PEN)

Watford seal Premier League promotion with victory over Millwall

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Wild scenes as Watford promoted to Premier League (1:45)

Huge celebrations ensue after Watford's 1-0 win vs. Millwall, which confirms the Hornets' return to the Premier League. (1:45)

Watford secured promotion to the Premier League on Saturday with two games to spare, after a 1-0 win over Millwall in the Championship at Vicarage Road.

Ismaila Sarr's 11th-minute penalty proved enough as Watford guaranteed one of the two automatic promotion spots alongside Championship leaders Norwich City, who booked their top-flight spot last weekend.

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Xisco Munoz's Watford have secured an immediate return to the top flight -- which has been worth at least £160 million ($221.3m) in previous seasons -- having finished second-bottom of the Premier League in the 2019-20 campaign.

Watford were one of the playoff contenders after a mixed start to the second-division campaign but found another gear when Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic as manager in December.

The Spanish manager has guided Watford to 17 wins in 24 Championship games, opening up a 10-point gap over third-placed Brentford, who have a game in hand.

Watford's victory means Norwich must wait to be crowned champions, despite a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Daniel Farke's side need two points from their remaining two games to guarantee the second division title.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 AFC Bournemouth 13 +13 31
2 Fulham 13 +15 26
3 West Bromwich Albion 13 +11 25
4 Coventry City 13 +3 23
5 Queens Park Rangers 13 +4 21
6 Huddersfield Town 13 +4 21
7 Stoke City 13 +2 21
8 Reading 13 -2 19
9 Luton Town 13 +4 18
10 Middlesbrough 13 +2 18
11 Millwall 13 -1 18
12 Blackpool 13 -3 18
13 Blackburn Rovers 13 +4 17
14 Nottingham Forest 13 +2 17
15 Swansea City 13 -1 17
16 Bristol City 13 -2 16
17 Sheffield United 13 -2 15
18 Preston North End 13 -2 15
19 Birmingham City 13 -6 13
20 Peterborough United 13 -12 11
21 Cardiff City 13 -12 11
22 Hull City 13 -10 9
23 Barnsley 13 -10 8
24 Derby County 13 -1 4