The start of the new EFL season is nearly upon us as the 72 clubs continue their pre-season preparations, hoping to have achieved promotion in May.
In the Championship, perennial underachievers, Leeds United, are amongst the favourites to win promotion and take their place back in the Premier League. They had looked certain to go up last season after a brilliant start to their campaign, but a poor run of results towards the end of the season saw them drop into the play-off places, where they were beaten by Derby County.
A club recently relegated from the top-flight, Fulham, are also being tipped for an immediate return to English football’s elite. Despite spending the money of a casino winner on new player’s last summer, they had a poor season, but did improve under the new permanent management of Scott Parker.
Cardiff City, also relegated from the Premier League last term, are expected to challenge at the top of the Championship, as are West Brom, who lost in the play-offs to Aston Villa. Brentford might not be a name that is instantly associated with a promotion chance, but the bookies have them at a short price to reach the Premier League for the first time in their history.
In League One, Sunderland have been installed as favourites for promotion after missing out in the play-off final last season when losing to Charlton Athletic at Wembley. The Mackem’s had beaten Portsmouth to reach the final, and Pompey are also amongst the favourites for a return to the Championship.
Newly relegated Ipswich Town are tipped to challenge for promotion too, along with Rotherham who came down with them last campaign. Lincoln City, champions of League Two last season, are being priced at short odds for back-to-back promotions as well.
In League Two, Salford City, who are making their league debut after winning the National League play-offs, have been made joint favourites with the bookies for another promotion. They are being tipped alongside Bradford City, who were relegated from League One last season. Plymouth Argyle and Scunthorpe United, who came down with the Bantams, are also amongst the favourites, as are Mansfield Town and Forest Green, who both missed out in the League Two play-offs last term.
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