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.
Middlesbrough are the 7/4 favourites to join Burnley and Sheffield United in next season’s Premier League, according to bwin’s Championship promotion odds ahead of the play-offs. Boro ended the regular season in fourth place, which was impressive considering they failed to win any of their first five matches and were just a point outside the relegation zone when Michael Carrick was appointed as head coach in October.
Birmingham can leapfrog Reading with a victory in Friday night’s televised Championship match and are fancied to seize the opportunity. Blues are three points behind their visitors with a better goal difference and will be looking to climb into the top half of the table during the second half of the season.