Alex Neil’s side will start their campaign against Coventry City on Sunday, July 31.
After their Wembley triumph, the Black Cats start next season as an unknown quantity with a great variety in ‘expert’ predictions about what could be in-store for them next season.
For many supporters, a season of consolidation with few worries about relegation would be an acceptable return from Sunderland - but what are the bookies tipping for them next season?
The Championship is set to be a very tight affair next year with multiple teams holding strong promotion aspirations with the relegated sides and a clutch of strong teams still in the division from last season.
Here, using data provided by BettingOdds.com, we take a look at what the 2022/23 Championship table could look like and how Sunderland are being predicted to fare in their return to the second-tier:
1. 24th - Rotherham United
The Millers have made a habit of being too good for League One but not quite good enough for the Championship in recent years. This season, supporters will hope that trend changes. Probability of winning the league = 1%.
Photo: Henry Browne
2. 23rd - Reading
Reading had a tough season last year and much of the same is predicted for 2022/23. The Royals will be concentrating on keeping themselves in the league next term, rather than aiming for a return to the top-flight. Probability of winning the league = 1.5%.
Photo: Alex Burstow
3. 22nd - Birmingham City
With plenty of off-field uncertainty surrounding the Blues, their on-field performances are expected to suffer next season. Another season of struggle is being predicted at St Andrew’s. Probability of winning the league = 1.5%.
Photo: Eddie Keogh
4. 21st - Bristol City
The Robins survived relegation with relative ease by the end of the season, although it looked touch and go for a long time and they’re expected to struggle once again next year. Probability of winning the league = 2.4%.
Photo: Nigel Roddis