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2016-17 Championship title odds - Can Newcastle pip Brighton for top spot?

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez (credit: Getty Images)

Rafael Benitez is masterminding a new era at Newcastle United – but the bookmakers have the club as second favourites as the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship title race reaches its climax.

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Benitez was brought to Tyneside as the replacement for Steve McClaren in March 2016 and although he improved Newcastle’s form significantly towards the end of last season, he could not prevent relegation from the Premier League.

Having started that campaign as the new coach of Real Madrid, where he was in charge until being sacked in January 2016, Benitez went from El Clasico to facing Burton Albion in the space of 12 months!

But while his side were expected by the bookies to make short work of the second tier, as they did the last time they were relegated in 2009 and bounced straight back up as champions by 11 points, they may have to settle for being promoted in second position on this occasion as they have been usurped as title favourites by Brighton.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton (Getty Images)
Of those who just missed out on promotion last season, Brighton have got the job done this time having been the odd one out in what developed into a three-way tussle for the automatic spots with Burnley and Middlesbrough and then missing out in the play-offs.

With just one round of matches of this campaign remaining, Newcastle and Brighton have both secured automatic promotion with nine points and more in hand of the other teams.

The biggest surprise packages in the Championship this season have been Huddersfield Town and also Reading in their first season under manager Jaap Stam. That duo, along with Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham, are now trying to join Brighton and Newcastle in going up via the play-offs.

Our tip for the trophy all season has been Newcastle United. In Benitez they have a manager who has experience of winning trophies at a higher level than this and the signings they made last summer added Championship experience to a squad packed with quality in players such as Chancel Mbemba, Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez.

We still think the Magpies can clinch the title by winning at home to Barnsley on Sunday and that Brighton, one point ahead, could be denied victory away to Aston Villa.

2016-17 Championship title best odds


    4/5 Brighton (Marathonbet)
11/10 Newcastle United (Sky Bet)

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2016-17 Championship title odds - Can Newcastle pip Brighton for top spot?

Rafael Benitez is masterminding a new era at Newcastle United – but the bookmakers have the club as second favourites as the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship title race reaches its climax.

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