The international hiatus affords injured players time to recover, under-pressure managers a chance to mastermind that elusive victory and the tipping extraordinaires that run columns such as this a moment of reflection.
We’ve decided to spend some of our downtime re-assessing the Championship promotion picture and here’s what we found out:
Before a ball was kicked we sounded out Wolves, Reading and Ipswich as the three long-odds outfits worth keeping an eye on (read more on this by clicking here).
With the first and last names of the trio just two points off the summit, things are going swimmingly for the news.bwin.com/en/ tipping force.
Wolves have shrivelled to 7/2 from the 13/2 we were singing the praises of earlier in the summer, while Ipswich are also slimming down, into 11/2 from 8/1.
But there’s another price that has caught our eye, rating arguably better value than any of those mooted so far.
It’s the 20/1 about Leeds scaling the second-tier wall this season to reach the Premier League.
They may have started slowly, but the Whites find themselves just four points from a play-off spot and six adrift of pacesetting Norwich.
With 15 in the pocket already, they have more than double the haul of Fulham, for instance, yet the Cottagers rank as 14/1 shots to escape the second rung via the skylight.
Brighton can be backed at the same price, despite being four points worse off than Leeds.
Clearly, the big names still have the odds gurus scared, but the topsy turvy nature of the Championship, where everyone is beatable, which means siding with the favourites isn’t always advisable.
In Darko Milanic, the west Yorkshiremen may be about to embark on a surge of new manager-induced momentum that could easily see them bridge the small gap that stands between them and the upper echelons.
Their home form isn’t a million miles away from being promotion-worthy either.
Only one team has prevailed at Elland Road, where the Leeds backline has leaked just three goals, half the amount shipped by the table-topping Canaries.
If they can find a way to patch up their away form, a skywards push won’t be too far away so have a flutter on the Whites now while the price is high.