The international break has given those Championship clubs chasing promotion a chance to breathe following what has been a blockbuster start.
Huddersfield are the surprise early leaders, with their perfect home record the key to their success to date. Boss David Wagner took over the Terriers last November but after a mixed time last term transformed the squad over the summer and his changes appear to be working. With them currently sat two points clear, they are 3/1 to be promoted.
There are a host of quality outfits chasing them and it is Norwich who currently lead the pack. The Canaries were relegated from the Premier League last season but following a mixed start to the season, a run of five wins out of six has seen them surge up the table and they are now 4/7 to be promoted.
Norwich’s experience could stand them in good stead having come through Championship quagmire before.
The sole defeat in that run came at the hands of third place Newcastle in arguably the game of the season to date. Norwich led 3-2 going into stoppage time, only for the Magpies to score twice to snatch all three points.
Following their own relegation last term, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was given the funds to reshape his squad and the quality they possess justifies why they are an extremely short 1/4 to go up and the 1/1 favourites to win the Championship.
Last season’s third-place finishers Brighton also look set to push on having won four of their last five. The Seagulls are a solid unit under Chris Hughton and their heartache from last term could be enough to see them over the line.
Topping the standings might be slightly beyond them but promotion at 11/10 shows just how highly rated they are.
The unpredictable nature of the Championship means that anyone can go on a run and push for the top six.
Having flirted with relegation last term, Bristol City have made an excellent start to the campaign. Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham’s goals have undoubtedly made a difference and as long as he keeps scoring, the Robins, who are 6/1 to be promoted, will certainly have a chance.
Speaking of goals, Scott Hogan’s efforts at Brentford mean they could well sustain their decent early form and look a good value bet at 12/1 to go up.
There are also two Yorkshire sides also worth looking at, with last season’s play-off final losers Sheffield Wednesday potential promotion candidates at 5/1 while (whisper it) improving Leeds at 22/1 could also cause a shock if you are looking for extra value.