After a spectacular month of football, the Championship is geared up to take us into the 2021/2022 season on Friday 6 August when newly-relegated West Brom take on Bournemouth.

This year’s Championship season promises to be an exciting contest and there have already been a flurry of top managers taking high end jobs, with plenty of proven Premier League talent on display across the whole league.

Championship Winner Odds: 

This market is always a hard one to call due to the madcap nature of this league.

Normally the relegated clubs have the best chance of making an immediate return to the Premier League with the help of parachute payments, with covid also making it harder for Premier League clubs to acquire their players. As it stands the relegated trio of Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United are the bookies’ favourites to win the league at 11/2, 13/2 and 8/1 respectively.

All have had managerial changes with Marco Silva now the Fulham manager, former Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael taking over at West Brom and Slavisa Jokanovic the new Blades manager.

Out of the three Ismael’s West Brom are perhaps the best equipped to finish top; he took over at Barnsley and guided them to the dizzy heights off 6th place last year, with some outstanding football. Ismael was also able to snatch away from the Tykes one of the leading lights in the Championship, Alex Mowatt, and he will be integral to the way West Brom play this coming campaign.

West Brom - 1pt @ 11/2

Championship Promotion Odds:

With two automatic places for promotion up for grabs and play-offs offering another route for promotion, three teams can all reach the heights of the Premier League.  

West Brom can be backed at 11/4 to secure promotion if you don’t fancy their winning odds.

Bournemouth can be backed at 7/2 to get promoted. The Cherries undoubtably have a Premier League squad but managerial changes and lack of leadership hurt their chances last year, however this time around they have appointed Scott Parker as manager. Parker is very talented coach, and one could argue that this squad is even better than the squad he had at Fulham during his last promotion campaign.

Another one that seems very interesting to me is Middlesbrough at 11/2. Neil Warnock is a promotion master, with eight through his career, and his Boro side is developing into the way he likes his team: well-organised, athletic and loads of flair. He took Boro to a 10th place finish last year and I think at the price given they’re worth backing.

Bournemouth to get Promoted - 1pt @ 7/2
Middlesbrough to get Promoted - 1pt @ 11/2

Championship Relegation Odds:

Like most leagues the new boys are prime candidates to get relegated straight away. Peterborough, Blackpool and Hull all got promoted from League One and can be back at 3/1, 3/1 and 5/1 to make an immediate return to League One.

If I’m honest I can’t see Hull going back down, the football they played and the squad they have is more than worthy of staying up but the other two I worry for.

Blackpool defence looks very shaky and their failure replace arsenal loanee Daniel Ballard concerns me deeply. Peterborough, who are accustomed to scoring a lot of goals in League One, will struggle in the Championship as defences are naturally better.

The final relegation place is hard to call, and I can see a few teams having issues like Huddersfield (10/3), Coventry (4/1) and Bristol City (9/2) but as thing currently stand, I think Huddersfield will be most likely to face the drop.

They have a lower-half Championship squad but what most concerns me most is the constant swapping of managers in a season. It’s hard for any side to deal with and another managerial change could be on the horizon for the Terriers.

Blackpool to get Relegated - 1pt @ 3/1
Peterborough to get Relegated - 1pt @ 3/1
Huddersfield to get Relegated - 1pt @ 10/3