• Wed 26 Oct, 2016
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Newcastle clear 7-4 favourites

People always have their certainties for Premier League relegation but one team always upsets the applecart. Remember Newcastle last season? Free Bets

Newcastle United winning next season’s Championship will be an expensive business for the bookmakers, with the Magpies all the rage despite being relegated last season.

Rafael Benitez remains at St James’ Park, with bet365 offering 7/4 about United claiming the title and there have been some notable acquisitions including Dwight Gayle.

However, this is a tough division to win and there are sturdy rivals in the form of Derby County and Brighton. The Rams are now managed by Nigel Pearson and odds of 12/1 (Ladbrokes) look fantastic from an each-way point-of-view.

Pearson has previously guided Leicester to the Premier League and inherits a squad full of talented players, with Derby having finished in the play-off spots last term despite turmoil with managers.

Brighton also look a good shout at 14/1 (Sky Bet), with Chris Hughton a superb manager who was unlucky not to land automatic promotion with the Seagulls last term before a play-off defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

Aston Villa have ripped things up to start over again under Roberto Di Matteo, with new Chinese ownership making them an interesting prospect. The Villans are a 9/1 poke with Ladbrokes although it might require another season to get a squad ready for promotion.

Norwich will be looking to bounce back under Alex Neil and the Scot achieved promotion two seasons ago after guiding the Canaries through the play-offs after picking up the pieces. William Hill chalk up 10/1 about City and they should go well despite the loss of Nathan Redmond.

Will the winner of the Championship come from outside these five teams? Wolves are 16/1 (Ladbrokes) but struggled for most of the last campaign, while Sheffield Wednesday are the same price but it could be play-offs at best for a side who were never near the automatic places last time out.

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