Championship winner odds: Fulham seek Silva lining
Preview of the 2021/22 Championship title race
The English domestic football season is fast approaching and we are taking a look at the updated Championship winner odds ahead of the big kick-off.
Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United were all relegated from the Premier League last season and are among the favourites to make a swift return.
We look at the leading contenders for the Championship, which is scheduled to start on August 6.
Fulham fans had little to cheer in a 2020/21 Premier League campaign which yielded 27 points and relegation with three games remaining.
Former Everton boss Marco Silva, who took Watford and Hull to the Premier League, replaced Scott Parker after he oversaw the end of their demotion in 2019 and the promotion campaign in 2019/20.
Having been relegated from the Premier League, Frenchman Valerien Ismael, who guided Barnsley to fifth place in the Championship last term, has taken over from Sam Allardyce.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) June 24, 2021
The former Bayern Munich defender wasted no time in bringing in Barnsley midfielder Alex Mowatt.
West Brom still possess a core group of players who won promotion from the Championship under Slaven Bilic so expect the Baggies to challenge.
Norwich won the Championship last season, followed by Watford – who both dropped out of the Premier League the previous season.
The Blades will hope they, too, can make a swift return and are 8/1 in the Championship winner odds.
New boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who led Watford and Fulham to the Premier League in 2015 and 2018 respectively, has yet to make any significant signings but their odds of 11/4 to be promoted at the first time of asking will tempt some.
Last season, the Cherries almost made it a clean sweep of quick top-flight recoveries, only to lose out in the Championship play-offs.
Incoming manager Parker has replaced caretaker boss Jonathan Woodgate and he has done an important piece of business, extending defender Adam Smith’s contract while the signing of Brentford midfielder Emiliano Marcondes on a free is also noteworthy.
Fourth last season before suffering play-off heartbreak, Steve Cooper then saw experienced striker Andre Ayew leave the club.
Impressive on-loan stars Conor Hourihane , Marc Guehi and Freddie Woodman also headed back to Aston Villa, Chelsea and Newcastle respectively.
Liverpool loan signing Harry Wilson will be hard to replace while Jonny Williams’ surprise release has also lessened the creative options in midfield.
Lee Tomlin is back and fully fit, which will be a boost to manager Mick McCarthy, and the arrivals of James Collins, Mark McGuinness and Ryan Wintle look shrewd.
Tenth last season, boss Neil Warnock has been creative in the transfer market.
Ex-Wycombe striker Uche Ikpeazu will unnerve plenty of opponents while former Nottingham Forest striker Sammy Ameobi returns to his north-east roots.
But key for Warnock will be keeping key players Dael Fry, Marcus Tavernier, Sam Morsy and Anfernee Dijksteel fit.
Goals were a problem last season for Forest and manager Chris Hughton will want to strengthen the centre-forward position after Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban struggled for form with just 11 goals in all competitions between them.
They have yet to make a splash in the transfer market but their odds of 5/1 to be promoted suggest they will do much better than their 17th place achieved last term.
Two-time European champions Forest are 18/1 in the Championship winner odds.
Former TSV Hartberg boss Markus Schopp will do well to lead Barnsley to the dizzy heights of fifth place, as they did last season.
Rangers have been active in the market, strengthening last season’s ninth-placed squad with five permanent signings.
Three of last season’s loanees have returned to Loftus Road on a full-time basis in Jordy de Wijs, Sam Field and Charlie Austin while midfielder Andre Dozzell and goalkeeper Jordan Archer have also arrived in west London.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication