It’s been a great summer of football for fans of Portugal, Wales, Iceland and one or two other countries but most English fans will welcome the return of domestic action rather than want to look back at the Euros. The big kick-off in the Championship is just around the corner and here we take a look at who we think will win the second tier title this term.
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When it comes to who the bookmakers think will win the Championship title in May 2017, the three sides relegated in the summer dominate. Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa head the outright betting, with many predicting an instant return to the top flight for those clubs.
It is the Magpies who are hot favourites to actually win the Championship though, priced at odds of 19/10 with Sporting Bet. Little separates the other two, with the Canaries 10/1 and the Villains 11s, both with Coral. If the bookies are to be believed there are four other possible contenders.
Derby are priced at 14/1, Brighton and Wolves at 16/1 and Sheffield Wednesday a shade longer at odds of 17/1. There may be some Welsh money coming in for Cardiff at 33s but realistically the men making the odds view this as a seven-horse race at the most, with one real thoroughbred in the Black and White silks of Newcastle United.
The Toon Army have managed to convince Rafa Benitez to stay and that is a big plus. Whilst the Spaniard hasn’t managed at this level for a long time he does have experience of promotion campaigns. Benitez made a name for himself as a manager by earning promotion to La Liga for first Extremadura and latterly Tenerife.
He is undoubtedly a top manager and on paper Newcastle’s squad looks the best in the Championship. However, the English second division is notoriously tough to earn promotion from and odds of less than 2/1 are just too short for us.
Norwich, as the title of our article suggests, are our Championship winner betting tip but before we justify our prediction, let’s look at some of their supposed rivals.
Villa were so abject last season that whilst the bookmakers have them as third favourites for promotion, we find them more interesting as a relegation bet. Priced at odds of 33/1 with William Hill they wouldn’t be the first “big” side to suffer back-to-back relegations.
Derby are fourth favourites and they and Wednesday look interesting options. They finished fifth and sixth respectively last term and having held onto their best players can improve with a little more year-long consistency. Equally Brighton, who came so close last term having finished level on points with Boro, will feel this could be their time.
Ultimately though it is Norwich, who finished third in the Championship in 2015 to earn promotion via the play-offs, who we feel offer the best value in the Championship outright winner betting. They finished 19th in the Premier League last term, five points shy of safety but they have the experience and the manager to bounce straight back.
They have kept faith with Alex Neil in the dugout and the determined Scot, still only 35, can lead them back to the glory of the Premier League. Neil is tactically sound and is an excellent motivator. He got the job in Norfolk on the strength of guiding Hamilton to the Scottish Premier League and despite the loss of Nathan Redmond to Southampton, he can lead Norwich to the Championship title at double digit odds this May.Google+