The 2019-20 Championship season is well under way and the fight for Premier League promotion is set to be a fiery one.
Norwich City stormed to the title last year, winning 10 of their final 14 fixtures to ensure Sheffield United had to settle for second, whilst Aston Villa beat Derby County in the play-off final to return to the Premier League.
- Who are the favourites to win the Championship?
- Who are the Championship outsiders?
- Who are the Championship underdogs?
Leeds United are bet365’s 13/8 (2.63) favourites to win the Championship and gain promotion back to the top flight after what will be 16 years away, with the leadership of Marcelo Bielsa no doubt a huge factor in that short price.
The Whites are fifth in the table with six wins and three losses so far this term, appearing to have put last season's play-off semi-final heartbreak behind them.
West Brom can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) with bet365. The Baggies were in the fight for promotion last season and were the last unbeaten team in the division this time around, going nine games without defeat before losing to Leeds in October.
Slaven Bilic's men had struggled for goals early on but have scored in all-but one of their fixtures this season and are set to be in the running again at the business end of the campaign.
Fulham were relegated from the Premier League last term but are 9/2 (5.50) to go straight back up in style by winning the Championship, having retained the services of the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Tom Cairney.
The Cottagers started slow but have won five games and lost just twice this season, with Mitrovic the top scorer in the division on eight goals.
Little was expected of the Welsh side this term, as evidenced by bet365's pre-season 40/1 (41.0) quote, but the Swans faithful will be dreaming of a Premier League return after taking 21 points so far.
Forest finished ninth in the Championship last season after a string of inconsistent results in 2019, but their new manager appears to have steadied the ship somewhat as they push for a Premier League return.
Their eighth-place finish was their best return in 11 years and boasted the third-best away record in the Championship last season. The Robins took just one point from their first two matches but have recovered to occupy a play-off position.
Preston, too, are available at 20/1 (21.0) after an impressive start has seen them score 23 goals - the most in the Championship - to affirm their status as this season's surprise package.
Neil Warnock's men initially struggled to adapt to life back in the Championship but have lost just once in the league since August 18 and are climbing the table.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.