Derby were amongst the teams battling for automatic promotion last term until a dramatic late collapse saw them not only slip out of contention but also miss out on the play-offs. However, bookies believe the Rams will bounce back, bet365 making them 6/1 favourites to land the title this time around.
A better bet though, are Middlesbrough (in from 7/1 to 6/1 at Skybet), who made great strides under Aitor Karanka last season and can continue that progress. At the other end meanwhile, Rotherham are bankers for the drop at 9/5 via Ladbrokes, Coral quote them at 5/1 to finish bottom and Boro’s Kike catches the eye at 33/1 in Skybet’s top scorer market.
After losing in the League One play-offs last season Sheffield United opted for a change at the helm, installing Nigel Adkins as manager following Nigel Clough’s departure and bookies fancy that switch to reap dividends, Paddy Power pricing the Blades as 9/2 favourites to be crowned champions.
William Hill have installed Portsmouth as 4/1 title favourites in League Two, ahead of bet365’s well-backed 13/2 chances Luton and Oxford (9/1, Winner.com) but there might be some mileage in an each-way flutter on relegated Leyton Orient at 14/1 courtesy of Betfred. BetVictor finally, go 4/1 about Accrington Stanley slipping down into the Conference.
Middlesbrough to win the Championship – 6/1 (Winner.com)
Rotherham to finish bottom of the Championship – 5/1 (Coral)
Sheffield United to win League One – 9/2 (Paddy Power)
Leyton Orient e/w to win League Two – 14/1 (Betfred)
Accrington Stanley to be relegated from League Two – 4/1 (BetVictor)