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Two of the three relegated Premier League sides tipped for promotion

The 2021/22 Championship campaign is now well underway and we take a look at the leading contenders for the title and the sides deemed most likely to win promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.

 

Championship Winner Odds

 

Update: 15.09.21

 

With most Championship sides having played seven league games, it is starting to become clear who will be aiming for promotion and who will be battling against the drop towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

The new season is now very much in full swing and it is starting to look as though two of the sides newly-relegated from the Premier League are going to be fighting for an immediate return to the top-flight at the end of the season. As things stand, West Bromwich Albion sit in joint pole position after seven rounds of fixtures with the same points and goal-difference as AFC Bournemouth, however third-placed Fulham sit just two points behind the top-two with the Cottagers enjoying a game-in-hand over both the Cherries and the Baggies.

 

Fulham

15/8 for Championship Title

8/15 for Promotion

 

Fulham may currently sit third in the Championship table but they have a game-in-hand over the two sides above them in the division. The Cottagers have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign with just a single defeat from their opening six games and the bookies have installed them as favourites to lift themselves back up to the Premier League at the first attempt as champions, most firms going 15/8 that they finish in pole position and 8/15 that they win promotion.

 

West Bromwich Albion

7/4 for Championship Title

4/6 for Promotion

West Bromwich Albion dropped out of the Premier League along with Fulham and Sheffield United at the end of last season although thus far they are looking well placed for an immediate return to the top-flight. The Baggies currently occupy top-spot in the Championship table although while they have thus far avoided defeat in the league, they have dropped points in three of their seven games. Nevertheless the bookies fancy their chances of promotion with most firms going 7/4 that they win the Championship title and 4/6 that they haul themselves up to the Premier League this term.

 

Bournemouth

6/1 for Championship Title

15/8 for Promotion

AFC Bournemouth sit level on points and goal-difference with West Bromwich Albion at the summit of the Championship table and they too have dropped points in three games whilst avoided defeat in the league. Having failed to make it up to the top[-flight last season, the bookies make them 15/8 for promotion at the end of the current campaign and 6/1 to win the Championship title.

 


 

31.08.21

After five rounds of Championship fixtures, Fulham sit in pole position following four wins and a single draw. The Cottagers remain firm favourites to return straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, however they are certain to face stiff competition from the likes of West Bromwich Albion and AFC Bournemouth in what is usually a hugely competitive division. Nevertheless the bookies believe that Fulham and West Brom are the sides best placed to lift themselves back to the top-flight at the end of the season and we take a look at these and the other leading title contenders.

 

Fulham

 

13/8 for Championship Title

1/2 for Promotion

 

Fulham remain in pole position in the early Championship table with twelve points to their name. The Cottagers enjoyed a convincing 3-0 win over Stoke City at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon and having scored thirteen goals and conceding just three in their five league games, most pundits envisage them winning automatic promotion straight back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

 

West Bromwich Albion

 

13/8 for Championship Title

1/2 for Promotion

 

West Bromwich Albion dropped out of the Premier League alongside Fulham and Sheffield United at the end of the 2020/21 campaign and following their 1-0 win away to newly-promoted Peterborough United last time out, most bookmakers have slashed the odds on them winning the Championship title to a general 13/8

 

AFC Bournemouth

 

10/1 for Championship Title

5/2 for Promotion

 

AFC Bournemouth are one of just one of four sides yet to lose in league action this season and the bookies have them priced as third favourites to win promotion back to the Premier League after an absence of just two seasons. The Cherries could only manage a goal-less draw at Hull City last weekend but most firms have them priced at just 10/1 to win the Championship and 5/2 to win promotion via any means.

 


 

26.08.21

Fulham

 

7/4 for Championship Title

8/15 for Promotion

Having been forced to share the spoils in their season-opener with Middlesbrough earlier this month, Fulham sparked to life with a subsequent 5-1 demolition of Huddersfield in their second league outing. Since then they have enjoyed a 2-1 win over Millwall and a 2-0 victory over Hull City as well as a 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Birmingham City last night. On the back of this the bookmakers have installed the Cottagers as firm favourites to win promotion to the Premier League and to win the Championship title.

 

West Bromwich Albion

 

9/4 for Championship Title

8/13 for Promotion

West Bromwich Albion sit second in the infant Championship table with goal difference alone separating them from current leaders Fulham. The Baggies also dropped two points in their opening-weekend 2-2 draw with fellow promotion-hopefuls AFC Bournemouth but they too bounced back to record consecutive league wins over Luton Town (3-2), Sheffield United (4-0) and Blackburn Rovers (1-2). A 6-0 demolition at the hands of Arsenal in the second round of the League Cup was a huge disappointment but we expect the West Midlands side to bounce back when they return to league action this weekend.

 

AFC Bournemouth

 

10/1 for Championship Title

9/4 for Promotion

 

As yet unbeaten in the league, AFC Bournemouth have only managed two wins from their four league games, the Cherries being forced to share the spoils with West Bromwich Albion (2-2) and Blackpool (2-2) while winning against Nottingham Forest (1-2) and Birmingham City (0-2). They were utterly demolished by Premier League strugglers Norwich City to the tune of 6-0 in the Carabao Cup second round last night and they currently sit in seventh position in the Championship table, however the bookies are of the opinion that the south-coast outfit will be one of the challengers for promotion and the title towards the end of the campaign.

 


 

Update: 19.08.21

West Bromwich Albion made their promotion ambitions crystal clear when thrashing Sheffield United to the tune of 4-0 at the Hawthorns last night. The Baggies were in full control of what was a thoroughly one-sided encounter in the West Midlands and while things were more even before the break with West Brom taking the lead in the 26th minute courtesy of a Jack Robinson own-goal, things went very much the home side’s way after the break as they hit the back of the net three times in the space of twelve minutes to put the game well out of reach for the visitors.

This excellent performance lifted the Baggies to the top of the Championship table where they sit ahead of Fulham on goal difference. Indeed after three games, things are very tight at the top end of the table as one would perhaps expect, six teams sitting on seven points apiece.

On the back of this win, the odds on the Baggies being promoted straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking have been slashed to a general 11/10 with some bookmakers going odds-on that they find themselves back in the Premier League next season.

Fulham are still out-and-out favourites in the ‘Championship Promotion’ market at odds of 5/6 while AFC Bournemouth are third in the betting at around 7/4 following their 2-0 win away to Birmingham City last night. QPR and Stoke City are a general 4/1 apiece for promotion while Sheffield United remain high in this market at 9/2 despite their thrashing in the West Midlands last night.

 


 

Update: 18.08.21

Fulham sit in pole position in the Championship table following a hard-fought 2-1 win away to city rivals Millwall last night. The Cottagers went two goals ahead within eight minutes and while Millwall salvaged some pride thanks to an 87th-minute goal, the three points sent Marco Silva’s men to the top of the division after three matches. Thus far, Fulham have enjoyed an excellent start to the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough being followed by a 5-1 thrashing of Huddersfield Town and the subsequent victory at the Den. As such, it is no surprise to see the bookies slashing the odds on Silva’s side winning promotion straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. The Cottagers are now odds-on to be promoted back to the top-flight at the end of the 2021/22 campaign with some firms going just 5/6on such an outcome.

Stoke City’s 3-1 win away to Swansea City was enough to lift them up to second in the Championship table and they sit level on points with Fulham as things stand. Luton Town bounced back from their 3-2 defeat at west Bromwich Albion by edging past Barnsley to the tune of 1-0 at Oakwell and they now sit third in the table with six points to their name, ahead of Coventry City only on goal difference, the latter having beaten Blackpool 1-0 last night.

The third round of Championship fixtures concludes this evening with relegated sides West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United locking horns at the Hawthorns in the standout match of the midweek fixtures.

 

To be promoted to Premier League in 2021/22

5/6  –  Fulham

5/4  –  West Bromwich Albion

9/4  –  AFC Bournemouth

3/1  –  Sheffield United

4/1  –  Middlesbrough

4/1  –  Stoke City

9/2  –  Cardiff City

 


 

o3.08.21

 

This market is always extremely difficult to call due to the nature of the second-tier.

Generally speaking the club relegated from the Premier League at the end of the previous campaign are perceived as having the best chance of hauling themselves straight back up there and on many occasions this is indeed the case, but not always. Parachute payments certainly play a part in helping newly-relegated clubs climb into the automatic promotion berths and Covid19 has also made it more difficult for top-flight sides to grab hold of their players. As things stand, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United are deemed to be the sides most likely to win the Championship at the end of 2021/22 and the odds from the bookmakers reflect this, most firms going around 5/1, 6/1 and 7/1 respectively.

All three of these clubs have changed manager recently with Marco Silva taking charge of Fulham, Valerian Ismael moving from Barnsley to West Bromwich Albion and Slavisa Jokanovic taking charge of Sheffield United. Ismael is likely the best equipped of the three to finish at the summit of the Championship table given that he lifted Barnsley to sixth position last term.

After two rounds of fixtures, Fulham sit in pole position with a win and a draw from their two outings and a goal difference of 4, while Queens Park Rangers come in next with four points to their name and a goal difference of 3. Of the three sides to have dropped out of the Premier League at the end of last season, Sheffield United have thus far fared the worst with just a single point collected from their two Championship outings although they are priced at just 10/1 to win the title.

 

To win the Championship trophy at the end of 2021/22

7/2  –  Fulham

7/2  –  West Bromwich Albion

8/1  –  AFC Bournemouth

10/1 –  Sheffield United

16/1 –  Middlesbrough

18/1 –  Stoke City

18/1 –  Cardiff City

 

Championship Promotion Odds

 

With just two automatic promotion berths available and the Championship play-offs providing clubs with another route into the Premier League, three teams can make it into the top-flight at the end of the season. If you don’t fancy backing West Brom to win the league title, then you can get 11/4 on them winning promotion. Bournemouth are up for grabs at 7/2, the Cherries now under the guidance of experienced manager Scott Parker. Middlesbrough are an interesting one, the Teesside club 11/2 for promotion. Boss Neil Warnock took Boro to the top ten at the end of last season and at these odds we consider them worthy of a bet.

 

To be promoted to Premier League in 2021/22

6/5  –  Fulham

6/5  –  West Bromwich Albion

5/2  –  AFC Bournemouth

3/1  –  Sheffield United

4/1  –  Middlesbrough

4/1  –  Cardiff City

6/1  –  Barnsley

6/1  –  Blackburn Rovers

8/1  –  Nottingham Forest

8/1  –  Reading

 


 

29.07.21

 

Championship Winner

 

Fulham  –  11/2

Having hauled themselves up to the Premier League via the play-offs at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, it was no huge surprise when Fulham found themselves in a relegation battle towards the end of the season. Indeed the Cottagers never really got going last term and the inevitable occurred when they found themselves heading straight back down to the Championship at the first attempt, however the general consensus is that the West London outfit will once again be challenging for a place at the top table of English football and most bookies go 11/2 that they go up to the Premier League as champions.

 

West Bromwich Albion  –  6/1

West Bromwich Albion won automatic promotion to the Premier League along with Leeds United at the end of the 2019/20 campaign but from the outset it was clear that they were going to be in for a tough season. So it proved with the Baggies finishing second bottom of the Premier League table and most pundits believe that they will regroup and once again challenge for promotion. The bookies certainly fancy their chances with most firms going 6/1 on the West Midlands side winning the Championship title and we believe they will feature heavily in any promotion race.

 

Sheffield United  –  7/1

Having finished in the giddy heights of 9th position in the Premier League in the 2019/20 campaign, hopes were high that the Blades might well challenge for a European berth the following season, however that proved to be far from the case. Following a disastrous campaign, Chris Wilder’s men finished rock bottom of the top-flight with 16 points separating them from safety. They should find the going easier in the second-tier this coming season however and most bookies go 7/1 that they haul themselves straight back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

 

Championship Promotion

 

Unsurprisingly all three newly-relegated sides are tipped for promotion straight back to the top-flight at the end of 2021/22 with Fulham and West Bromwich Albion 15/8 to make the jump and Sheffield United a general 11/4.

Other sides in the frame include AFC Bournemouth at 7/2 as well as Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough who are both priced at 11/2 to make it into the Premier League at the end of next season. Swansea City made it to the Championship play-off final last season where they were beaten by Brentford and the Swans are a 5/1 shot to go one better at the end of 2021/22.

Swansea’s arch-rivals Cardiff City are also a 5/1 punt for promotion to the Premier League while Stoke City can be backed as low as 11/2. 13/2 shots include the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley and Reading while Preston North End are 9/1.