What promises to be another captivating Championship season kicks off on Friday night – and the outright market is tight, with a number of teams dreaming of securing a place in the Premier League by being crowned as champions of the second tier in the forthcoming campaign.
In eight of the past 11 campaigns, a team that has been relegated the previous season has secured automatic promotion back to the top flight and Middlesbrough, now under the stewardship of former Swansea City and Leeds United boss Garry Monk, will be hoping to continue that trend this term. The team from Teesside are a 13/2 (7.50) chance with dabblebet to win the Championship.
Aston Villa struggled for consistency in their first season in the Championship last time out, but the Villans are expected to make a bold bid for promotion this season and there is 13/2 (7.50) that Steve Bruce’s side, who have added former Chelsea captain, John Terry, to their ranks this summer, are crowned as champions.
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Fulham had high hopes of promotion via the play-offs last term after a fine finish to the season, but Slavisa Jokanovic’s men fell to Reading at the semi-final stage.
The west Londoners are chalked up as a 17/2 (9.50) shot to win the Championship this season, but those keen to back the Cottagers may well have been alarmed by Jokanovic’s recent criticism of the club’s transfer policy.
Sheffield Wednesday, another side who fell in the play-off semi-finals last season, Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers can all be backed at 10/1 (11.0) to win the league this season.
The odds offered on Wolves winning the second tier are perhaps most intriguing of the trio given that the men from Molineux flirted with relegation at times last season and it remains to be seen whether the appointment of Nuno Santo as manager this summer, as well as some big spending, improves the fortunes of the club.
Derby County, under the guidance of Gary Rowett, are a 12/1 (13.0) shot to take the title, while Sunderland, who suffered a humiliating 5-0 friendly defeat on home soil against Scottish champions Celtic on Saturday afternoon, are a 14/1 (15.0) chance to follow in the footsteps of their bitter rivals, Newcastle United, in being crowned as Championship winners.
Leeds United, who agonisingly missed out on a play-off place last term, are a 16/1 (17.0) chance to make amends by winning the title this season, while Hull City are also available at 16/1 (17.0) to triumph in the second tier.
The Tigers, relegated last term, have lost a number of key men this summer and new boss Leonid Slutsky has plenty of work to do if the team from Humberside are to be crowned as champions.
The Championship is always fiercely competitive and the appointment of Garry Monk as manager may well prove pivotal as Middlesbrough aim to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
As such, the team from Teesside could be decent value at 13/2 (7.50) to take the honours in the second tier this season.