Bettors backing Strachan’s Middlesbrough to be champions

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Middlesbrough’s Championship title odds have been slashed from 10/1 to 6/1, as bettors back Gordon Strachan’s men for the coming season.

Boro are now sole favourites to be champions, and their flocking support in the market has been attributed to their lavish summer spending.

Strachan has assembled something of an SPL dream team, bringing Old Firm players Kevin Thomson and Stephen McManus to the Riverside, already home to the likes of Scott McDonald and Barry Robson.

The jewel in Strachan’s summer spending crown, however, is former Rangers striker Kris Boyd, who is being backed all the way at 8/1 to be the Championship’s top scorer.

Boyd is the SPL’s all-time leading goalscorer, and his prolific powers have attracted a host of backers in the Championship’s goalscoring markets.

Boyd’s nearest competitor in this particular market is Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard at 12/1.

Bettors are also keen on Maynard’s side, now under the tutelage of seasoned campaigner Steve Coppell.

Boosted by the signing of England goalkeeper David James, City are gathering much interest in the league winner market at a tempting price of 14/1.

Having finished third last season, Nottingham Forest are expected to do well this term, and Billy Davies’s side have been the subject of a host of bets. They are 8/1 to win the title.

Neil Warnock is as experienced a manager as QPR could wish to have at the helm, and the former Sheffield United boss is priced at 10/1 to guide the Hoops to the Premier League as champions.

Warnock, Davies and Coppell have all won promotion to the Premier League with former clubs, and bettors appear to value such experience, as they are backing all three – and Strachan – in huge numbers.

Who do you think is destined for the Championship summit? Burnley are 10/1 to win the title. See the full Championship 2010/11 Betting Odds market.

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Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.