Ten Seasons Of Division Three History And What It Means For Season 11

D3 looks to be getting harder and harder to get out of.

Last four seasons see above average points for D3 title

The average points tally needed to win the D3 title is 71, but that wasn’t enough in three of the last four seasons.

71 points not enough for 2nd place in recent seasons

And 66 points is the average needed to ‘guarantee’ automatic promotion in third place, but that hasn’t been enough in three of the last fours seasons, either.

66 points not enough for automatic promotion?

Which is what Montpellier discovered last season.

A record high points total for fourth place in S10

Of the relegated teams, Borussia Monchengladbach must be firm favourites to make an immediate return to D2.

Can Gladbach bounce back at the first attempt?

Newcastle have finished lower than 4th in D3 only once in Top history.

History suggests the Toon will make the D3 playoffs, at least

D2 bottom club in S10, Villarreal, may find themselves fighting to avoid another drop.

Is the Yellow Submarine going down again?

Of last season’s playoff losers, Lazio will be expecting to mount a serious challenge for the promotion places this time around.

Lazio have never finished lower than 9th in D3

Similarly, Sevilla look to be strong contenders this season, too.

Sevilla have never finished lower than 6th in D3

Of the rest, Levante have improved every season under manager Dario Saviano, and should be expected to push for a playoff place this season.

Impressive progress for Levante

Of the promoted teams, D4 champions Koln could well continue their impressive record of improvement every season under boss Neil Frankland.

Five seasons of continuous improvement

Stoke City – managed by one of the most decorated managers in Top 100 history – are another improving side, and last season’s D4 runners up could surprise many a team in D3 this season.

Stoke’s highest ever finish is 9th in D3 in S1

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