A new EFL season is upon us, with clubs throughout the football pyramid dreaming of promotion and hoping to avoid a brush with relegation.
Here's how the bookies see the new season turning out...
The Championship campaign kicks off on Friday night as Bournemouth host recently-relegated West Brom at the Vitality Stadium.
And the Baggies, one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, will be tested on their return to the second tier. Valerien Ismael’s side are 11/2 with Betfair to win the Championship title and make an immediate return to the Premier League.
Fulham, though, are the division favourites at 5/1, with much expected of new man in charge Marco Silva. They kick off their campaign with a home game against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
A lack of attacking firepower was an issue for the Cottagers last season, though the step down is likely to suit Aleksandar Mitrovic. The combative forward is joint 6/1 favourite with Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong to finish as the division’s top scorer.
Of the sides that have dropped down from the Premier League, Sheffield United perhaps have the most difficult task on their hands. The shrewd appointment of Slavisa Jokanovic means the Blades are certainly contenders. But they will need to recover from a disastrous season in the Premier League, and that is reflected in their odds of 6/1 to win the title.
Bournemouth, in action on Friday evening, are among the promotion hopefuls with odds of 10/3 to return to the Premier League. QPR and Barnsley - 9/2 and 5/1 for promotion respectively - are also outside contenders, with the latter having surpassed all expectations in reaching the playoffs last term.
At the wrong end of the table, Blackpool could find the step up to the Championship too much to handle, hence their odds of 9/4 to be relegated. It could be a long season, too, for Huddersfield, 3/1 to go down despite playing some eye-catching football under Carlos Corberan last season.
All 2021/22 Championship odds are supplied by Betfair and correct at the time of writing.
Championship winner odds
West Brom 11/2
Sheffield United 6/1
Championship promotion odds
West Brom 21/10
Sheffield United 11/5
Nottingham Forest 5/1
Championship relegation odds
Bristol City 7/2
League One preview
Over in League One, Sunderland are Betfair’s pick to finish top and end what has often felt like a torturous wait to return to the second tier. The Black Cats are joint 6/1 favourites with Ipswich to win the League One title, while Sheffield Wednesday are 15/2 despite their well-documented problems off the pitch.
The lack of a clear out-and-out favourite hints at a potentially open league, which will be a positive for the neutral and for those clubs viewed as outsiders for promotion.
Amongst the newcomers to the division are Morecambe, whose unexpected promotion last season means they are inevitably the favourites to succumb to relegation. The Shrimps are as short as Evens to immediately return to League Two.
League One odds
All 2021/22 League One odds are supplied by Betfair and correct at the time of writing.
League One winner odds
Sheff Wed 15/2
League One promotion odds
Sheff Wed 11/4
League One relegation odds
Cambridge United 6/4
AFC Wimbledon 15/8
League Two preview
Morecambe could be replaced in the third tier by Salford City. Gary Neville and co continue to invest heavily in the Manchester-based club, and at 11/2 to win League Two they are some way out in front of their anticipated closest challengers, recently-relegated Bristol Rovers (9/1).
As ever in the fourth tier, the battle to avoid relegation will be intense and stressful for those involved.
League Two odds
All 2021/22 League Two odds are supplied by Betfair and correct at the time of writing.
League Two winner odds
Salford City 11/2
Bristol Rovers 9/1
Forest Green 13/1
Leyton Orient 13/1
League Two promotion odds
Salford City 6/4
Bristol Rovers 5/2
Forest Green 16/5
League Two relegation odds
Sutton Utd 7/2
Crawley Town 5/1
Odds correct at the time of writing. Visit Betfair for the latest EFL odds. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.
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