Championship promotion odds: Cherries among favourites
Championship promotions odds and preview
The Championship season gets under way on August 6 with a clash between Bournemouth and West Brom, two teams who feature highly in our Championship title odds preview.
Interestingly, the top four teams in the betting have all appointed new managers, with Marco Silva’s Fulham the favourites at 7/4 in the Championship promotion odds.
West Brom, Sheffield United and Bournemouth have new men at the helm as well and they all feature in our Championship promotion odds preview.
Fulham are the favourites for an immediate return to the top flight but most of the players that finished last season in the Premier League were at the club on loan, so Silva has a big job on his hands assessing the strengths or otherwise of his squad.
'The season aim is clear.' 👊
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 11, 2021
New Baggies head coach Valerien Ismael has wasted no time in adding to his squad by raiding his former club Barnsley for out-of-contract captain Alex Mowatt.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) July 10, 2021
However, the Frenchman is resigned to losing two of the major players from last season, with winger Matheus Pereira and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone likely to leave the club.
West Brom won just five matches in the Premier League last season and are 2/1 to bounce back in the Championship promotion odds.
Slavisa Jokanovic hopes to retain all the members of a squad that finished bottom of the Premier League table but admits he will need to strengthen having lost out-of-contract midfielder John Lundstram, who joined Scottish champions Rangers.
Jokanovic has experience of guiding Watford and Fulham to the Premier League and the Blades are 11/4 in the Championship promotion odds to make it a hat-trick for the Serb.
Parker was drawn towards Bournemouth’s long-term vision after failing to keep Fulham in the Premier League but accepts they are “missing six or seven players from last season so in terms of the squad base line we are short”.
"𝘔𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥, 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘨𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨."
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— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) July 7, 2021
Adam Smith was out of contract but has signed a two-year deal, although talks remain ongoing with Junior Stanislas, while the Cherries have signed midfielder Emiliano Marcondes on a three-year deal following his release by Brentford, the team that beat Bournemouth in the play-offs
Bournemouth finished sixth last season and are 3/1 in the Championship promotion odds.
Best of the rest
Swansea reached the play-offs for the second successive season and once again they came up short against Brentford, this time losing to the Bees in the final.
Steve Cooper has brought a couple of strikers to the club following Andre Ayew’s departure, with former Wigan forward Kyle Joseph signing a four-year deal and he is joined by the £1million capture of Joel Piroe from PSV.
The Swans are 9/2 in the Championship promotion odds while Welsh rivals Cardiff are 5/1 after a decent second half of the season under Mick McCarthy.
The Bluebirds have signed free agent midfielder Alex Wintle from Crewe and 20-year-old Arsenal defender Mark McGuiness but their biggest capture came in May when they landed Republic of Ireland striker James Collins from Luton on a three-year deal.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication