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Who will win the Championship in 2019-20? The favourites, outsiders, underdogs & latest odds

5:00 PM GMT 19/08/2019
Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United 2018-19
Norwich City won the second tier title last season ahead of Sheffield United, but who do the bookmakers think will take the glory this time around?

The 2019-20 Championship season is well underway 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?

Leeds United are bet365’s 9/4 (3.25) favourites to win the Championship and gain promotion back to the top flight after what will be 16 years away, with the retention of Marcelo Bielsa no doubt a huge factor in that short price.

The Whites are top of the table with two wins and one draw from their three games so far this term as they look to put last season's play-off semi-final heartbreak behind them.

After missing the first half of the campaign in 2018-19, Patrick Bamford has started in fine fashion with three goals, whilst winger Pablo Hernandez has contributed two.

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.

After losing their opening match at Barnsley, the Cottagers have won their most recent two - with Mitrovic netting in each of those fixtures.

West Brom can be backed at 15/2 (8.50) with bet365. The Baggies were in the fight for promotion last season and have established them as one of the early frontrunners this time around with seven points from their opening three games.

There were initial worries that the sales of Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon could leave Slaven Bilic's men short in attack, but Grady Diangana's double against Luton Town will have certainly helped to ease those fears.

Who are the Championship outsiders?

Brentford are available at 16/1 (17.0) but are also unlikely to gain too much support at that price, having finished 10 points off the play-offs last term and made a largely indifferent start to this season.

The Bees have collected just four points so far, netting only twice in their three matches - the joint-worst attack in the league so far.

bet365 offer Cardiff City at 16/1 (17.0) as well, with the Bluebirds playing in the second tier again after being relegated from the Premier League last season.

Neil Warnock's men have seemingly yet to adapt to life back in the Championship, with one win and two losses to their name, most recently going down 3-0 to Reading.

Who are the Championship underdogs?

Derby could prove to be a popular selection at 20/1 (21.0), with Phillip Cocu having begun his reign in positive fashion thanks to a win and two draws this season.

The Rams lost out in the play-off final last term and an unbeaten start could prove enough for backers, especially at such a long price.

Bristol City have been making steady progress since Lee Johnson took charge in 2016 and offer significant value at 25/1 (26.0) with bet365.

Their eighth-place finish was their best return in 11 years and boasted the third-best away record in the Championship last season, although they have started in inauspicious style with four points from their three games.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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