The football in England is returning on Friday, 2 August, with the beginning of season 2019/20 of Championship. Last year the second-highest division of England was exciting, unpredictable and with many changes in the standings. In the end, promotion to the Premier League reached Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa, while Derby County, Leeds and West Bromwich were left disappointed.
The competition this season looks like even fiercer with the presence of Fulham and Cardiff City. In this article, we will look at the teams that we consider favourites for success in season 2019/20 in Championship. We will also pay attention to the clubs that we will think will fail in the upcoming season, and what bets and odds the bookmakers offer. I will give you my long-term prediction for the final winner of Championship in a season 2019/20.
Championship 2019/2020 Promotion Favourites
As expected, Leeds are favourites for a long-expected returning in the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa’s players were very close for direct promotion during the last season. However, the poor results in the final rounds of Championship left the team on the third place in the final standings. In the play-offs, Leeds again disappointed their fans as the team was knocked out by the sixth-placed Derby County.
Immediately after Leeds, the bookmakers are placing Cardiff and Fulham. Both sides have some fantastic players who left a positive impression at the end of the season in Premier League. From the remaining teams, we can distinguish West Brom and Swansea. Although both sides couldn’t reach promotion in the last season, if we look at their overall performance in 2018/19, they are capable of upsetting the leading clubs in the league.
Marcelo Bielsa decided to stay as a head coach of Leeds for one more year. ‘The Whites’ finished the last season with the third-best defence in the league and the fifth-best attack. During the year, Leeds steadily improved their performance, and only the individual mistakes deprived them of promotion.
The remaining of Marcelo Bielsa means at least on paper that Leeds will keep improving. However, the Spanish coach will have a task to resolve because the defence of ‘The Whites’ may not be as stable after the departure of Pontus Jansson. During the last season, the Swedish player was crucial for the defence of the team, but in the summer he was transferred to Brentford.
From the new players of the team, I can distinguish Jack Harrison from Manchester City (loan), and Hélder Costa bought from Wolverhampton. Leeds to win the Championship this season is priced at odds around 5.50 at bet365.
The bookmakers consider Fulham as the second favourites. Still, I am not sure if Scott Parker is the right man to earn them a promotion to the elite of England. The Englishman has no experience as a manager, but Fulham may draw inspiration by the performance of Derby County who were in a similar situation with the appointment of Frank Lampard.
Ryan Babel and Jean Michaël Seri joined Galatasaray, but the star of the team Aleksandar Mitrović stayed. With his goals, the Serbian striker qualified Fulham for the Premier League in season 2017/18 and indeed intends to do the same in the upcoming campaign. Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert were bought by ‘The Cottagers’. Both players have extensive experience in the second level of English football and have already won promotion with Wolverhampton and Brighton. A triumph for Fulham this season is priced at odds around 8.00 at bet365.
Cardiff were the best from the three teams that suffered from relegation during the last season. ‘The Bluebirds’ were very close to rescuing, but in the end, they couldn’t win the battle with Brighton. The good news for Cardiff is that Neil Warnock remained as a head coach of the team. The experienced manager knows how to motivate his players, which was visible in the fixtures in the Premier League.
The squad of ‘The Bluebirds’ is almost unchanged with the one that achieved promotion in season 2017/18. During that year, Cardiff finished second in the league, only behind Wolverhampton. Winning the title this season in the Championship by Cardiff is priced at odds around 13.00 at bet365.
During the summer, James Shan has left West Brom after his failure in the play-offs for promotion in the Premier League. As a head coach was appointed Slaven Bilić who has rich experience in English football. The Croatian specialist has a huge challenge ahead of himself because a big part of the leading players of ‘The Baggies’ left the team.
The top scorers of WBA in season 2018/19 Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez left the team, while Salomón Rondón who was on load in Newcastle made a transfer to China. This outgoing transfers will make the attack of the team weaker, which means that Slaven Bilić will have to compensate for the lack of goals with excellent performance in defence.
However, during the last season, WBA were among the weakest teams when it comes to the defence, with 62 conceded goals. The Croatian manager has to make changes in this zone too because the experienced defender Craig Dawson left for Watford. These transfers make me think that the returning of West Bromwich in the Premier League will be delayed with one more year. Winning the title this season in the Championship by West Brom is priced at odds around 13.00 at bet365.
Swansea was among the pleasant surprises during the last season of Championship. ‘The Swans’ finished in tenth place, but I think Graham Potter did an excellent job and laid the foundations for returning of Swansea in the Premier League. The accomplishments of the English specialist was rated highly by Brighton, and I am interested to see how the team will perform in the Premier League with him on the charge.
On his place, Swansea appointed Steve Cooper. The young specialist was the head coach of the England Under-17, and together they won the World Cup in 2017. The squad of ‘The Swans’ for this season is almost the same, excluding Daniel James who made a transfer to Manchester United, and Leroy Fer and Martin Olsson who left as free agents. Winning the title this season in the Championship by Swansea is priced at odds around 34.00 at bet365.
Stoke City and Brentford are interesting teams which I also have to list as possible contenders for the title. ‘The Potters’ finished the season well under the leadership of Nathan Jones and remain questionable for the upcoming season. Brentford strengthened during the summer and currently will attack the places that give right for participation in the play-offs at the end of the season.
Championship 2019/2020 Promotion Odds
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