Posted on August 22nd, 2017
The football season has only been underway for a matter of weeks, yet there’s already talk of who’s going to triumph and who’s going to fail. Manchester United look good for the Premier League title whilst Spurs look like they’re going to flop at Wembley and Swansea suggest they’re going to struggle without Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But what about down in the Championship? Which teams are most likely to be vying for promotion?
Both Ipswich and Cardiff have got off to a flawless start with four wins out of four. Ipswich, managed by Mick McCarthy have been the surprise team thus far as boy Martyn Waghorn continues to prove his worth with a haul of four goals already.
The Tractor Boys have saw off Brentford, Millwall, Barnsley and Birmingham and face Fulham in the league next. McCarthy’s men are as high as 18/1 for promotion. If these odds appeal to you, the Bet 365 offer at Bonus Code could help you win as much as £3600 if Mick’s men manage the unthinkable by May.
Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have also got off to an unbeaten start and currently head the table having conceded just one goal. The Bluebirds have had a rough ride over the past few years and things certainly haven’t been easy under Vincent Tan, though Warnock is doing everything he can to bring the good times back to the Millennium Stadium.
With four months of the year remaining, and 11 league games, Warnock’s men now have as many league wins in 2017 as they did in the whole of 2016. If they can keep this Warnock effect up, they will certainly be there or thereabouts for promotion and you get can them as high as 7/2.
Until Cardiff arrived at Molineux, Wolves had also got off to a flawless start and with three wins out of four, you could still say that their form is rather is flawless. Hull boss Leonid Slutsky has described Nuno’s side as the best in the Championship.
The Midlands side endured a tough fixture list in their opening games but managed to overcome Middlesbrough, Derby and Hull without any problems. Nuno’s side are 13/8 for promotion and clear favourites.
After an impressive campaign last season, Fulham are also odds on for promotion at 10/3. The Cottagers lost the play-off semi-final 2-1 to Reading, however, another strong season is likely for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
Ryan Sessegnon is the subject of interest for a number of the Premier League’s elite, however, should the 17-year-old stick around, Fulham’s promotion chances will be handed a huge boost. With one loss and three draws, the Londoners certainly could have got off to a worse start.
Sheffield Wednesday also narrowly missed out on promotion last season, losing the play-off semi-final to Yorkshire rivals and eventual promotion winners Huddersfield. Carlos Carvalhal’s men will be keen to repeat last season’s exploits and make it just that one step further. The Owls are 11/2 to be in the Premier League next season.
Championship new boys Sunderland and Boro have also delivered promising starts. The latter’s spending has totalled over £40million and having acquired Garry Monk, it’s no surprise that they are second favourites to go up at 15/8. Sunderland, on the other hand, are 7/1.
Simon Grayson’s men were delivered a tough start and looked promising until their lack of squad depth shone through when Leeds visited the Stadium of Light. However, should Grayson be able to make additions such as Robert Snodgrass and Ross McCormack, the Wearsiders may be closer than many suspect.