The race for Premier League promotion is hotting up, but will there be an immediate bounce back from those relegated last season? Or will a surprise candidate emerge and champion the Championship in 2021/22?
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Who are favourites to win the Championship?
Fulham have put themselves in a commanding position to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Under former Everton manager Marco Silva, the Cottagers have been free-scoring and hoarding points, with the west Londoners currently atop the table with a positive 58 goal difference and 14 points clear of third.
Bournemouth have also been in stellar form this season and are looking to end their two-season hiatus from the top flight. Under former Fulham boss Scott Parker, the South Coast club have been clinging to the coattails of the Cottagers and will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the play-off places in the coming weeks.
And beyond the current top two?
Six points behind Bournemouth, Luton and Huddersfield pose the greatest threat on the top two, although they have played two and three games more respectively.
Luton have won their last two matches, while Huddersfield have suffered back-to-back defeats following a lengthy unbeaten run.
Both on 61 points, Sheffield United and Blackburn complete the top six, although seventh-placed Middlesbrough could leapfrog them by capitalising on their games in hand.
In fact, just six points separate third-placed Luton and Millwall, who currently occupy 10th. Therefore, it is wide open for any side in that bracket to take full advantage by embarking on an impressive run between now and the end of the season.
Bookmaker’s dark horses for top prize in the Championship
Most bookmakers have Fulham nailed-on to preserve their healthy advantage and eventually lift the trophy, with third-placed Luton priced as high as 1500/1.
But they are not writing Bournemouth off just yet, with most pricing them at 10/1. Parker’s side are unbeaten in four matches and still have a game in hand on the leaders, who have collected just one point from a possible six.
Championship outright odds: Other markets
Of course, there are many more outright markets beyond just the Championship winner. On top of backing the team to gain promotion via a first-place finish, many bookmakers offer markets such as Promotion, To Finish In The Top Six, Automatic Promotion, To Be Relegated, To Finish In The Top Half, and even more player specific markets such as the Top Scorer.