Leicester are the 5/1 favourites in bwin’s Championship winner odds as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The 2021 FA Cup winners are back in the second tier for the first time since the 2013-14 season, having been relegated seven years on from their remarkable Premier League title triumph.
They have a new man at the helm, with Enzo Maresca succeeding Dean Smith, who was in charge for the final eight matches last season but was unable to prevent relegation.
Maresca had been working as part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City and has previously been assistant coach to Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham.
The Foxes start the season at home to play-off finalists Coventry and then go to Huddersfield, who have faced the eventual champions in their first home game in the last three seasons – a good omen for Leicester!
The three relegated teams dominate the Championship winner odds, with Leeds and Southampton the joint-second favourites at 7/1.
Leeds won the title in their last season at this level under Marcelo Bielsa but are still seeking a replacement for Sam Allardyce, who was in charge for the last four games of last season’s relegation campaign.
Southampton finished bottom of the Premier League table last term and were 11 points from safety but look to have made a smart managerial appointment after bringing in Russell Martin from Swansea.
Boro rated best of the rest
Middlesbrough are next in the title betting at 9/1 after Michael Carrick transformed their form last season and guided them to the play-offs, only to be beaten in the semi-finals.
East Anglian neighbours Ipswich and Norwich renew their rivalry after Town’s promotion from League One and the outright Championship odds suggest they will be neck and neck in the table, with both teams 14/1 to win the league.
Watford are also 14/1 as they start the season with former Barnsley and West Brom boss Valerien Ismael in charge ahead of a trip to QPR on the opening weekend.
Sunderland and Coventry are 16/1 and 25/1 to top the table as they look to bounce back from last season’s play-off disappointment while West Brom are 16/1, having been much improved under Carlos Corberan after replacing Steve Bruce last season.
Blackburn and Millwall both missed out on the play-offs on the final day of the regular season and are 28/1 for the title, while promoted duo Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth are 33/1 and 100/1 respectively.
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