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Saturday, 03 August 2013

Championship: QPR, Reading and Bolton get the nod for the Premier League


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The 2013/2014 Championship season gets under way today with Queens Park Rangers being pushed as the favourites to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Hoops, managed by wheeler-dealer and former England manager contender Harry Redknapp, will be hoping to utilise Tony Fernandes’s fortune and Redknapp’s experience to get themselves back into the top flight, and they are the white-wash favourites across the bookies to win the division, with 6/1 odds from SkyBet and Bet365. Both also hold Rangers at 15/8 to get promotion.

AdkinsThe nearest challengers, according to the bookies, are Reading, under the stewardship of Nigel Adkins, with William Hill giving 9/1 on the Royals claiming the Championship trophy, with Bolton also being backed at the same price by SportingBet. Adkins has experience with scaling England second division, having finished runners-up with Southampton two years ago, while Bolton are hoping Dougie Freedman can launch them back into the big time. Paddy Power are offering 11/4 odds for promotion on both clubs.

Watford, Nottingham Forest, Wigan Athletic and Leicester are all available at 11/1 to win the Championship from Boyle Sport. Gianfranco Zola’s Hornets narrowly missed out on promotion in the play-offs last season, while Wigan finally slipped through the Premier League trap-door. New manager Owen Coyle has made a few signings, and both clubs have been given 4/1 by 888sport for promotion.  Nottingham Forest and Leicester arguably underperformed last season, and are available at 4/1 (SportingBet) and 9/2 (Bet Victor) for promotion, respectively.

Blackburn Rovers, under the guidance of manager Gary Bowyer, have been installed at 20/1 for the Championship by most bookies but Betfair offer slightly larger odds at 22/1, while Brighton get 16/1 for the Title and 5/1 for promotion from Bet Victor.

Of the promoted teams, Bournemouth are favourites for the championship out of the three, with BWIN offering 28/1. Doncaster have odds as high as 150/1 from SportingBet for the title while Yeovil are the bookies’ least likely team to win the Championship, with odds of 250/1 being offered from SkyBet, William Hill and Bet365, and 88/1 for promotion from 888Sport.

Here are the odds for the Championship Winners for all the clubs:

QPR 101/19 (WXM.com)

Reading 109/14 (BetFair)

Bolton 49/6 (BETDAQ)

Watford 10/1 (Coral)

Nottingham Forest 11/1 (BWIN)

Wigan 11/1 (William Hill)

Leicester 14/1 (Bet Victor)

Brighton 16/1 (Bet Victor)

Blackburn 20/1 (BWIN)

Ipswich 20/1 (BWIN)

Leeds 20/1 (BWIN)

Bournemouth 28/1 (BWIN)

Derby 28/1 (YouWin)

Middlesbrough 33/1 (Bet Victor)

Charlton 40/1 (SkyBet)

Birmingham 41/1 (WMX.com)

Milwall 80/1 (Bet365)

Sheffield Wednesday 85/1 (BetFair)

Blackpool 80/1 (BoyleSport)

Burnley 97/1 (32Red)

Huddersfield 100/1 (William Hill)

Doncaster 150/1 (SportingBet)

Barnsley 150/1 (BetWay)

Yeovil 250/1 (SkyBet) 

So who is your money on?

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