We’ve been counting down to the Championship’s opening day all week here on news.bwin.com/en/ and, on the day it all begins, it’s time to announce our best outright bets for the campaign.
Read on to find out who will be tearfully thanking their relatives and who will be attempting to maintain their rictus grins until the cameramen grow bored of their disappointment.
Fulham 9/1 to win the Championship
The Cottagers get the nod over Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest due to the fact that their situation offers Bundesliga-winning boss Felix Magath his preferred conditions to thrive.
Renowned for his preference for blooding young players who he can indoctrinate with a deep understanding of his methods, the German will be in his element with the fruits of Fulham’s two-time consecutive Premier Youth League-winning side.
Reading @ 5/1 to be promoted
The Royals came perilously close to yo-yoing their way back into the play-offs in their first post-demotion campaign last term and, having retained virtually all of the 2013/14 roster they should be capable of reproducing that form at the very least.
Promoted twice, both times as league winners, within the last decade, they’re a club imbued with promotion pushing experience.
In Nigel Adkins they have a serial promotion-winning manager and if he can coax his side into replicating road form that saw them finish fourth in the ‘away’ league last term at the Madjeski, they’ll have a serious shout of landing automatic promotion.
Blackpool 11/20 to be relegated
While the 9/2 about Sheffield Wednesday meeting their second-tier makers is a very tasty price, that shouldn’t mean punters ignore the farcical goings on at Bloomfield Road this summer.
Having only recently signed a goalkeeper, manager Jose Riga will likely be entertaining overtures from Barcelona, Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munchen if he manages to save the seasiders from seemingly certain death this term.