We are just days away from the opening weekend of the 2018/19 Championship season and 888sport have a range of betting markets available on England’s second tier. From outright odds on the winner and promotion to ‘team to finish higher’ markets, punters can find the latest odds and
Stoke City are the market leaders at 5/1 to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The Potters struggled for form throughout the entire 2017/18 campaign and relegation was on the cards for some time. Gary Rowett has spent most of his managerial career in England’s second tier and Stoke fans will be hoping that his experience can help the Potters in their pursuit of automatic promotion.
Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion are next up at 8/1. Keeping Adama Traore at the Riverside Stadium will give Boro a real boost ahead of the 2018/19 season and Tony Pulis will be quietly confident of a successful campaign. Aden Flint, a pivotal figure in Bristol City’s run to the League Cup semi-finals last season, has moved to the north east and he will bring reliability and confidence to the Middlesbrough defence.
Nobody gave Darren Moore a chance when he took charge of West Brom at the back end of last season but he dared fans to dream. Rooted to the foot of the table and 10 points behind their closest rivals, Moore led Albion to an unbeaten April – but the damage had been done during Alan Pardew’s tenure. On that form, West Brom could be right in the mix this season.
At slightly longer odds, Derby County carry some appeal at 14/1. There or thereabouts in the playoff race in each of the last five years, the Rams could feature towards the top of the Championship table once again. Frank Lampard’s side will have no fear but this may be one season too soon for the former Chelsea star. The 2/1 on offer for Derby to finish in the top six is well worth considering though.
Swansea City, the third team relegated from the Premier League last season, are out at 14/1 to win the Championship title. The Welsh outfit have dropped down to the second tier after eight years in the top flight and you won’t find too many punters fancying an instant return to the Premier League. Those expecting a huge collapse can back Swansea at 7/4 to finish in the bottom half of the table.
Wigan Athletic are an interesting one to watch this campaign. It would be foolish to label the Latics as dark horses but their League One exploits and FA Cup victory over Manchester City raised a few eyebrows. Paul Cook’s side have kept most of their key men at the DW Stadium and Wigan are primed to go on and enjoy a decent season back in England’s second tier.
Picking an outright winner in the lottery that is the Championship is almost impossible. With so many teams in the mix, opting for one of the division’s more consistent teams may be the best option. With that in mind, Derby County at 14/1 are worth a second look – Frank Lampard could be an instant hit in the dugout. Newly promoted Wigan Athletic also represent solid value at 11/10 for a top half finish; the Latics could be set for a positive campaign.
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*