Slipping from the Premier League to League One in the space of two seasons hit Wolves hard but with a new manager at the helm in Kenny Jackett and a keen young team, the gloom has potentially been lifted at Molineux.
The layers however, have taken note and Wanderers are clear title favourites at 4/1 courtesy of betway but even at that level they look the pick of the bunch and with question marks about most other contenders, Wolves are a confident selection.
Brentford are the team capable of providing the stiffest challenge to Jackett’s troops. Uwe Rosler’s men had to regroup over the summer after their play-off disappointment but they’ve recruited well and will be better prepared for the fight ahead after their sobering experience last term.
Most firms go no higher than 9/1 about the Bees’ title chances but the good news for punters is that Winner.com quote them at a whopping 12/1 and that’s hard to resist, especially on an each-way basis.
Completing the trio of teams set to put in a promotion challenge are Sheffield United. Admittedly, the Blades are a bit of an unknown quantity under new boss David Weir given his lack of experience but he is well regarded in the coaching game and it could be that United have made a very shrewd, forward-thinking appointment.
Weir has spent the summer signing potentially exciting youngsters and with the youth setup at Bramall Lane already producing plenty of talent, a vibrant and youthful Blades side could be set for an exciting League One campaign.
Nevertheless, it could take a while for the side to gel and they might lack the consistency to scoop top spot so they’re a better bet at 7/2 (Skybet) to be promoted.
In the top goal scorer market, Wolves’ Leigh Griffiths is William Hill’s 7/1 favourite after a couple of productive seasons on loan at Hibs but it’s Brentford new boy Will Grigg that really stands out at 20/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes.
The 22-year-old was joint second in the scoring charts last season, notching 19 times for Walsall and now he is in what should be a stronger side, he can help himself to an even bigger tally.
Finally at the bottom, it’s likely to be a long old campaign for Colchester, who are the eye-catching relegation bet at 2/1 via BetVictor.