It was underlined at this time last year in a Championship title preview how much money talks in England’s second tier nowadays. The tip, Middlesbrough, eventually found Burnley too good but the Lancashire side were able to utilise the Premier League parachute payment to good effect and play-off winners Hull City had the same advantage.
Clubs not able to claim an inflated share of the TV money really are at a massive disadvantage in the EFL Championship unless they have a mega-rich benefactor who doesn’t mind gambling part of his fortune on a bid for the top flight. NEWCASTLE UNITED have both and they are strong favourites to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking as champions.
They did it in 2010 and sportingbet‘s 19/10 to win the Championship title will look very big if Rafa Benitez’ men get off to a flyer.
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The Magpies have done very well to persuade Benitez to stay in charge. The Spaniard has managed at the highest level and should really find the Championship a breeze. United are really a Premier League side masquerading as a Championshipclub with their squad. Internationals Grant Hanley and Ciaran Clark should help shore up their defence and Tim Krul should be fit again soon. Mohamad Diame, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle were other expensive summer signings and the race is probably on to finish second.
Brentford are hard to beat at Griffin Park and could be worth a bet at the 11/1 with bet365 for promotion. You can get 9/2 with the same firm for Dean Smith’s Bees to finish in the top six. There are no real stars among the Brentford ranks but they have a togetherness fused by having a settled squad who know each other’s game. Last season’s play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday should be in the mix if starting a bit quicker than last year and are a general 5/1 for promotion. Brighton were just pipped to an automatic promotion place last year and were also unlucky in the play-offs so should also be buzzing around the promotion places and are a general 7/2 to gain elevation this time.
If Newcastle look good things for the Championship title, the same can be said regarding BURTON ALVION and relegation. Back-to-back promotions may have left the tiny Brewers ill-prepared for a season in with clubs who have recent Premier League history. Their home support will probably be outnumbered by visiting fans on most occasions and it’s hardtop see Nigel Clough’s men scoring enough goals to make a fight of it. Get on the 11/10 with Skybet for an immediate return to the lower leagues.
EFL Championship Title Latest Odds
Newcastle (19/10), Norwich (10/1), Aston Villa (12/1), Derby (13/1), Brighton and Wolves (16/1), Sheffield Wednesday (17/1), Brentford and Cardiff (33/1), Leeds, QPR, Fulham, Reading and Ipswich (40/1), Huddersfield and Wigan (45/1), Nottingham Forest and Bristol City (50/1), Birmingham (66/1), Blackburn, Barnsley and Preston (100/1), Rotherham (200/1), Burton (250/1)