Betting: Wolves lead the way in the Championship with Sheffield United also in running for Premier League

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Santo's men look the most likely title winners after 16 games, but the Blades and Cardiff City are both within touching distance of the leaders

The Championship has always been classed as one of the most difficult leagues to win, but one team are ahead of the pack in terms of quality and price.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have flirted with relegation for the last two seasons before finishing mid-table, are currently two points ahead of second and are 4/7 (1.57) favourites with Paddy Power to finish first come May.

Due to the investment the club has had and connections with super-agent Jorge Mendes, the squad has been strengthened significantly with high-quality performers such as Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota, whilst head coach Nuno Espirito Santo deserves great credit for building not just a group of impressive individuals, but a cohesive team with outstanding tactical awareness.

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Such is the bookies confidence in the Molineux outfit Sheffield United - who sit on 33 points compared to Wolves' 35 - are as big as 8/1 (9.0), which is an intriguing price given that they will at least temporarily go top if they win next time out at Burton after the international break.

Chris Wilder has concluded his last two full seasons as a manager by lifting a title and he draws every ounce of ability out of his players, despite many squad members only having real experience of the lower two divisions of the EFL.

Cardiff City are priced at 9/1 (10.0) for the title, as Neil Warnock seeks his eighth promotion as a manager, whilst Bristol City, who beat the Bluebirds 2-1 on Saturday, are 16/1 (17.0) to claim top honours.

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Middlesbrough have recovered well following their relegation from the Premier League last season and are offered at 16/1 (17.0) to make an immediate return to the top flight, with Aston Villa available at 14/1 (15.0) as they look to return to the Premier League after a two-year exile.

Derby County, who have made the play-offs in two of their last four seasons, are quoted at 25/1 (26.0), whilst Leeds United - currently on a three-game losing streak in the league after setting the pace early - are a tempting outside shot at 90/1 (91.0).

Whilst teams like Bristol City, Cardiff and Sheffield United are all worthy challengers, Wolves at  4/7 (1.57) are the undisputed team to beat.

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