Championship Promotion Odds: A rollercoaster campaign last season brought us all the drama and excitement that we associate so vividly with the Sky Bet Championship and ultimately the league’s top 3 sides were promoted. Norwich and Watford automatically & Brentford via the play-offs.
Wycombe, Rotherham and Sheff Wed were sent down and the league welcomes 6 new sides – West Brom, Fulham & Sheffield United from the Premier League and Hull, Peterborough and Blackpool after promotion from League One.
It’s sure to be another enthralling season, let’s take a look at what sides/players we can expect to be fighting for promotion and those that face a tough ride. Hopefully, you can get some use from this article, if you did feel free to drop by one of my socials and let me know.
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West Brom Championship Promotion Odds: 6/1
A tough return to the Premier League for The Baggies saw them finish 19th in the table and 13 points off safety. A 5-2 victory against Chelsea appeared to galvanize the team and they followed that up with a 3-0 victory over Southampton, it appeared that the tide was turning and Albion could pull off an escape however from that point on they didn’t win a single game and took just 2 points.
Back to the Championship now for the runners up of the 2019/20 season and the expectation is of an immediate bounce back to the top flight. They’ve already recruited Matt Clarke and more impressively – Alex Mowatt who was a huge part of Barnsley’s success last campaign. Nobody too major on the outs, I guess Kieran Gibbs, Ahmed Hegazi and Charlie Austin are the big names.
That does mean that at this moment they still have the services of Grady Diangana, Sam Johnstone and most importantly Matheus Perreira. The Brazillian was the star man in the Premier League, he managed 11 goals and 6 assists which is quite miraculous in such a poor side.
There is more than enough quality for this level, in this side; the likes of Semi Ajayi, Karlan Grant, Callum Robinson and Romain Sawyers are all adept at this level and if they can get Diangana and Perreira firing then they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
If the baggies can keep hold of the core of their squad and possibly make a couple more additions on top then they’ll be in a good place. The Championship is a long, hard season and some added squad depth wouldn’t go amiss.
Fulham Championship Promotion Odds: 13/2
No real surprise to see another of last seasons relegated top flight sides right amongst the favourites for the title this time around. Fulham went up via the play-offs in 2019/20 where they edged out Brentford in the final. Fast forward to now and the minimum expectation is to replicate that success after a pretty torrid Premier League season.
Similar to West Brom there was a couple of points where they looked like they might have enough in the tank to make a go of survival but ultimately they fell 11 points short of survival as they finished 18th.
No real ins and outs of any notes so far for The Cottagers, which means their squad is still pretty strong for this level. Joachim Anderson has now returned to Lyon after his loan spell – he was one of their best players last season and ended up taking the captain’s armband, he’s a player who’ll be sorely missed.
Out and out player of the season was probably Frank Anguissa, he’s had some interest around him but nothing concrete to suggest he’s leaving. Jean Michael Seri has returned from his loan in France. Interesting to see if they keep hold of him and try and get more out of a player they paid nearly £30million for a few years back.
There’s proven ability in this Fulham side, a huge contingent of their squad were part of the previous promotion side. Aleksander Mitrovic is a prime example, he was devastating in his last Championship run and if they can keep him fit and happy he could be the key to another successful campaign.
I’d expect a few transfers in and out before the season kicks off, particularly with a number of players boasting pretty high wages. If Fulham can make the right additions and hold on to key players then I expect them to be in the mix come the end of the season.
Sheffield United Championship Promotion Odds: 7/1
Avoid this one like the plague. Sheffield United were utterly abysmal this season and I worry this could be the start of a very bumpy road for The Blades.
They had a phenomenal first season in the Premier League but were hit hard by the loss of their fans but also they failed to make real quality improvements to their squad. They had no consistent goal scorer and were leaking goals for fun.
Yes, some of their players who struggled in the top flight have previously been successful at this level such as Oli McBurnie & Rhian Brewster but how do you motivate these big money players who were so brutally vilified for their dreadful performances last season?
With Chris Wilder parting ways with the club towards the end of last season after sich an incredible journey with the club, it’s now down to Slavisa Jokanovic to attempt to provide a season that would be deemed acceptable by both the board and the fans.
With recent success, I expect their aspirations are relatively lofty and that spells disaster in my opinion. Jokanovic does have ample experience here, he led Fulham to promotion back in 2018 but was ousted from his position after 7 straight games without a win in the following season.
There’s somewhat of a rebuild needed at Sheffield United. As with many sides there’s quite a bit of dead wood following their relegation and they’re burdened with numerous players who haven’t paid back a penny of their price tags with their performances on the pitch.
Full judgement of their chances will only be somewhat accurate when we see what they do with the squad, but for me they’ve got the most work to do of any of the favourites so I’d be leaving them out of any outright bets,
Bournemouth Championship Promotion Odds: 3/1
Last season’s eventual play-off winners, Brentford got to that point by dumping The Cherries out over two legs, they led 1-0 after a terrific performance at the Vitality Stadium but a lackluster second leg saw them go out 3-2 on aggregate and resign the seaside club to another season in the second tier.
With the addition of Emiliano Marcondes, this Bournemouth side is shaping up for another crack at promotion and for me, they’ve got more than enough to do it. Judging by the odds I think the quality of their squad is being slightly undervalued, they’ve got a plethora of top quality players and they’re yet to lose anyone from the core of players who took them so far last season.
Dom Solanke leading the line again will be huge, he got 15 goals and 8 assists last season and he’ll be supported by last season’s star man – Arnaut Danjuma. The flying Dutch winger got 17 goals and assists and as of right now is still a Bournemouth player, if they keep him and then keep him fit then they’ll cause any side problems this season.
They’ve then also got the experience of the likes of Jefferson Lerma and Asmir Begovic then players such as Chris Mepham and David Brooks who both played at the Euros this summer.
Scott Parker is at the helm after his relegation with Fulham but I think he’s a good fit here, he’s cut from the same cloth as Eddie Howe and his passionate approach to management should endear him with both the fans and players. They’re 10/1 to bring home the title which looks big to me.