Given their incredible unbeaten run last season and the fact that they only narrowly missed out on automatic promotion before suffering the heartbreak of a play-off final defeat, it’s perhaps not surprising that bookies think Huddersfield have a great chance in League One this term.
The Terriers, Paddy Power’s 11/2 title favourites, have a good manager in Lee Clark and it’s easy to see them being there or thereabouts, however, they could have stiff competition in the battle for top spot and the loss of the likes of Lee Peltier and Anthony Pilkington is a blow so a better bet might be bet365’s 13/8 for Town to go up.
Huddersfield’s main rivals are expected to be Sheffield Wednesday, a 6/1 shot at Ladbrokes and although punters might be a touch cautious where the Owls are concerned after they endured a tough campaign last time out, we think the Steel City outfit have what it takes to be crowned champions.
Gary Megson should give Wednesday a bit more steel, particularly defensively and the Owls boss has clearly been concentrating over the summer on strengthening the spine of the team, bringing in Rob Jones and Julian Bennett to bolster the heart of the defence as well as midfield pair David Prutton and Jose Semedo, who will shore things up in the centre of the park.
As a result Megson’s troops should prove to be very difficult to beat and while there’s unlikely to be anything spectacular about their work, they have the look of a squad that will grind out results with the necessary consistency. They’re 13/8 at Coral to gain promotion.
Joining their neighbours in League are relegated Sheffield United and they’re rated at 9/1 by to go straight back up as champions, but new boss Danny Wilson has his work cut out at Bramall Lane, where his budget isn’t huge and he doesn’t exactly enjoy the backing of supporters having previously managed the Owls.
Subsequently, of the teams that came down, it’s Preston that perhaps have the best chance of making an immediate return to the second tier; they’re 2/1 at Betfred to go up as well as 7/1 with to clinch top spot and Phil Brown’s troops should trouble the play-off places, along with the likes of Charlton.