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With the 2021-22 Championship campaign drawing to a close, the race to secure promotion into the Premier League is very much in full swing
Fulham and Bournemouth have already booked their tickets back to the big time, leaving it to the likes of Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield to battle it out for one remaining spot in the top-flight.
GOAL has all you need to know about the favourites to step out of the second tier, with the race very much on to start rubbing shoulders with English football's elite in 2022-23.
Who are the favourites to win the Championship in 2021-22?
Having spent two of their last three seasons in the Premier League, Fulham will be back for more next term after claiming this year's Championship title.
Marco Silva inherited a squad that boasts a number of players that represented the Cottagers in the Premier League last season, and that top-flight calibre - along with a few notable additions - allowed them to start pulling clear of their fellow frontrunners. Despite having not lifted the second tier trophy since 2001, the 2018 and 2020 play-off winners are bouncing back up as champions this time around.
After last season's heart-breaking play-off semi-final defeat to Brentford, Bournemouth have made absolutely sure this term by securing automatic promotion. Having left Fulham to move to the Vitality Stadium in the summer of 2021, Cherries boss Scott Parker has his current charges heading back to the top-flight alongside his previous employers from west London.
Who are the favourites to win promotion from the Championship in 2021/22?
Nottingham Forest remain the value bet heading into the second legs of crucial play-off semi-final contests, with the Reds priced at 4/6 (1.67) for promotion as Steve Cooper seeks to wake a sleeping giant of English football from the deepest of slumbers. The former Swansea City boss has made a remarkable impact at the City Ground since succeeding Chris Hughton and has the Reds looking to return to the top-flight for the first time in the 21st century.
Luton Town have exceeded all expectations in 2021-22, with Nathan Jones being crowned Championship Manager of the Season as a result, but they are 6/1 (7.0) to complete a remarkable rise that has - across eight memorable years - lifted them from non-league football to within touching distance of the Premier League.
The Hatters' play-off foes, Huddersfield Town, are 3/1 (4.0) to make their way to Wembley and get over the line at the home of English football. The Terriers know what it takes to get that job done having secured promotion down that path as recently as 2016-17.
Sheffield United are attempting to yo-yo into the Premier League at the first time of asking, but they have slipped to 7/1 (8.0) after coming unstuck on home soil in the first leg of their semi-final showdown with Forest. The Blades have it all to do at the City Ground, but a late effort at Bramall Lane in a 2-1 defeat means that they still have hope to cling to.
Odds correct at the time of writing on 16/05/2022. 18+. begambleaware.org