Championship title odds: Cottagers head field for top-flight return
The Championship fixtures have been released so we’ve taken a look at the Championship title odds for the new season which gets under way on August 7.
All three relegated teams from the Premier League are among the market leaders as they seek an immediate return to the top flight, with Fulham installed as the 6/1 favourites.
It promises to be another open season in the second tier so we’ve highlighted some of the contenders in our Championship title odds.
Cottagers head title pack
Fulham kick off their season at home to Middlesbrough and are favourites to finish top of the pile despite Scott Parker leaving to fill the managerial vacancy at Bournemouth, with former Everton and Watford boss Marco Silva taking charge at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers signed seven players on loan at the start of last season and they all played prominent roles in the first team, so whoever is in charge will have the task of rebuilding the squad.
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The Cherries are 15/2 second favourites with West Brom to win the Championship despite flopping in the play-offs last season under Jonathan Woodgate.
The two teams meet on the opening day of the season at the Vitality Stadium on August 7.
David Brooks, Arnaut Danjuma, Jefferson Lerma, Dominic Solanke and Philip Billing form the core of Bournemouth’s excellent squad which won seven successive games to ensure a top-six spot last season, although they lost their last three and were beaten 3-2 by Brentford on aggregate in the semi-finals.
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West Brom appointed Valerien Ismael from Barnsley as a replacement for Sam Allardyce, who could not keep the Baggies in the Premier League.
They still have plenty of players who could do a good job in the Championship such as former Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant, Matt Phillips, Callum Robinson and Sam Johnstone but loan signings Conor Gallagher, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mbaye Diagne will have to be replaced.
Jokanovic in Brum opener
Sheffield United finished bottom of the Premier League with just five wins all season, although three of them came in their final six games.
Chris Wilder was sacked when it became obvious the Blades were going down with Paul Heckingbottom taking over but former Watford and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is now at the helm, inheriting the bulk of the squad which secured promotion two years ago.
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There is a big gap separating the rest of the Championship contenders with Cardiff next in the betting at 14/1 as they start their campaign at home to Barnsley, who made it to the play-offs last season.
The Bluebirds were languishing in 15th place when Neil Harris was sacked in January and replaced by Mick McCarthy and he oversaw just three defeats in the remaining 22 games as the Welsh club finished in eighth place.
Cardiff’s arch rivals Swansea lost to Brentford in the play-off final but with the future of manager Steve Cooper up in the air, they are 16/1 to win the Championship as they start with a trip to Blackburn.
Newcomers Peterborough and Hull are priced at 40/1 and face trips to Luton and Preston on the opening day but Blackpool, whose first game is at Bristol City, are viewed as massive 100/1 outsiders to be top of the table in May.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication