We’ve had five games of the Championship campaign so far and there are some surprise names at the top after another unpredictable start to the season.
Although the Terriers and Cottagers have spent wisely and strengthened their squads this summer, even their own fans would be surprised if they are still battling it out in the top two come April.
Several of the ‘big boys’ have started sluggishly and not yet lived up to pre-season predictions. Even though there is a long way to go yet and it is far too early to rule out the likely contenders, it could be another wide-open Championship campaign.
In fact, there is some real value available if you are considering a Championship bet with ComeOn! at this stage of the season.
Pre-season favourites Newcastle remain odds-on for promotion (4/7) and can be backed at 33/20 to win the title – despite losing two of their five league games to date. But they have won their last three in the league and didn’t concede a goal in the last two against Brighton and Bristol City.
But the stand-out value bet at present appears to be Derby County, who are currently 4/1 to win promotion after a disappointing start to the campaign.
In previous roles, Nigel Pearson has always looked to shore up his team’s defence before moving forward from an attacking perspective, and that’s something he’s working on at Derby.
Despite having just five points from their first five games, the Rams have kept three clean sheets and they will hope to find themselves in the top half soon, especially with back-to-back home games following the international break.
The odds for Derby look even more favourable when you consider Aston Villa are on the same points and are 33/10 to win promotion back to the Premier League.
Midlands rivals Birmingham are another team to seriously consider, with Gary Rowett strengthening his squad before the transfer deadline.
Premier League duo Lukas Jutkiewicz and Rhoys Wiggins have joined, from Burnley and Bournemouth respectively, and several punters could be tempted by the 18/1 on offer to be promoted.
Even though they currently sit third in the Championship with nine points from a possible 15, Barnsley are also a big price at 28/1 to cause a shock and clinch promotion.