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2017-18 Championship title odds: Wolves red-hot favourites for top spot

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Ivan Cavaleiro (right) of Wolves in action during their pre-season friendly match against Leicester City (credit: Getty Images)

Wolves are now overwhelming favourites for the 2017-18 Championship title, with their big summer transfer investment looking like it should pay off with promotion to the Premier League.

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The famous Midlands club were bought by Chinese investment company Fosun International last year and, with super-agent Jorge Mendes acting as an advisor, they have appointed former Porto and Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo as manager and spent £16million on playmaker Ruben Neves, who had previously been linked with several top-flight clubs.

After a hugely promising first half of the season, the bookmakers clearly believe Wolves have what it takes to go the distance and wasted little time early in the campaign in elevating them above Aston Villa and Middlesbrough by making them favourites to go up as champions.

Wolves' West Midlands rivals Aston Villa were relegated in 2016 and last term never really looked like bouncing straight back up, getting off to a poor start under manager Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked in October after only 11 league matches in charge.

His replacement was Steve Bruce, who presided over patchy form for the remainder of the campaign as Villa strung together alternate good and bad spells which resulted in them finishing in mid-table.

What Bruce has going for him is vast experience and success at this level having won promotion four times previously, twice each with Birmingham City and Hull City, and he certainly has the credentials to make the best use of the funds injected by Villa’s owner Dr Tony Xia.

The club's ambition was illustrated during the close-season when they secured the signature of former England captain John Terry after he was released by Chelsea at the end of his contract.

Ryan Fredericks (left) of Fulham in action during a pre-season friendly match against Wolfsburg on July 29 2017 (Getty Images)
Another club aiming to get back to the top flight after a few years away are Fulham, who ended 2016-17 in excellent form to force their way into the play-offs and indeed started them as favourites for Wembley success.

The Cottagers came unstuck in their semi-final against Reading, but in Slavisa Jokanovic they have a manager who took Watford up to the Premier League and they will hope to continue the momentum they generated in the spring.

The trio of clubs that came down from the Premier League all changed their manager either towards or at the end of last season and Middlesbrough, who have already made another switch by replacing Garry Monk with Tony Pulis, are the only one of those teams with any realistic chance of going straight back up, with Hull City and Sunderland having made very disappointing starts.

Cardiff City are launching a surprisingly strong challenge for promotion under veteran manager Neil Warnock, who has previously led Notts County, Sheffield United and QPR to the top flight, while Bristol City are another club faring much better than expected this season after narrowly avoiding relegation last time around.

Sheffield United have enjoyed a promising first half of the season in their quest to rise from League One to the top flight in successive campaigns, while Derby County are another club who look ready to launch a serious promotion challenge after some near misses in the last few years.

2017-18 Championship title best odds


  1/12 Wolves (BetStars)
  22/1 Derby County (Paddy Power)
  40/1 Aston Villa (BetVictor)
  50/1 Cardiff City (BetVictor)
100/1 Bristol City (SunBets)
175/1 Fulham (Paddy Power)
200/1 Middlesbrough (SunBets)
200/1 Sheffield United (Paddy Power)
250/1 Leeds United (SunBets)
275/1 Brentford (Paddy Power)
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