As the Championship makes its full return, we look at the title favourites, teams targeting the playoffs and those facing the drop.
Who are the favourites for the Championship title?
Burnley currently sit top of the table after 21 games with 41 points, with Sheffield United just behind them on 38 points, but when these sides met it was actually Sheffield United who came out on top with an empathic 5-2 victory.
The Championship winner market has Vincent Kompany’s men as favourites with a best price of 6/5 (10/11 with some bookmakers), while Paul Heckingbottom’s side can be backed at a best price of 10/3 (worst price 9/4).
Behind the top two in the market are Watford, who can be found as short as 9/1 (12/1 best price), and Norwich who are a best price of 13/1.
Both of these clubs were tipped as favourites for the title before the season began but found adjusting to the Championship hard to begin with. More recently, they have found their groove with both now sitting in a playoff position.
To Make the Playoffs
Which teams are in the playoff hunt?
As we have seen in many Championship seasons gone by, there are a host of teams in the hunt for a playoff spot with only eight points separating 6th and 21st.
QPR may occupy a top six place but have lost their manager Michael Beale to Rangers and are yet to replace Gerrard’s former number two, with former Blackpool boss Neil Critchley leading the way.
Millwall are forever the bridesmaid when it comes to the playoffs having missed out on a top six spot on the final day last season. The Lions resumed their Championship campaign following the winter break last weekend and lost 3-0 to Sunderland. They are 11/4 to make the playoffs.
Luton have lost Nathan Jones to Southampton but remain just one point outside of the top six in 11th. The Hatters are a best price 7/2 to make the top six.
A team to watch out for is West Brom (7/2), who started the season poorly under Steve Bruce and currently sit 21st but are only eight points adrift with a game in hand.
The appointment of former Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan could see the Baggies climb the table with the Spanish manager winning three of his first four matches.
Who is fearing relegation from the Championship?
The bottom of the Championship table is just as tight as the top with only three points between 23rd and 16th but one team that will be fearing the worst is Huddersfield.
Despite making the playoff final last season, Huddersfield are currently sitting bottom of the table on 19 points and the bookies feel their time could be up. The Terriers are odds-on-favourites with all the bookies and the best price of 13/20 to go down.
Hull are next on the bookies list to suffer relegation back to League One and currently sit at a best price of 15/8 to face the drop. After starting the season with Shota Arveladze in charge, they decided to dismiss the Georgian and replace him with Liam Rosenior, who spent some time in charge of Derby before being replaced by Paul Warne. It could be a risky appointment.
Michael Appleton’s Blackpool and Kolo Toure’s Wigan are next on the list at the respective best price of 2/1 and 9/4. Toure will be taking his first step into management with his role at Wigan but the two-time Premier League winner has a strong coaching background having served under Brendan Rodger’s staff at Celtic and Leicester City.