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2018-19 Championship title odds: Stoke City favourites to bounce straight back up

Jon Wilde 6 Jul 2018
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Joe Allen (left) of Stoke City in action during a friendly match (credit: Getty Images)

Stoke City have been installed as favourites to finally take manager Gary Rowett up to the Premier League by being promoted as Championship winners in the 2018-19 season.

Rowett somewhat surprisingly left Derby County, for whom he had also played over 100 matches, in the summer after only 14 months in charge to take over at the bet365 Stadium.

The 44-year-old has been knocking at the door of the Premier League for the last few years, shining in the Championship with Burton Albion and Birmingham City as well as Derby, and clearly feels Stoke are the club to take him to the promised land.

The Potters suffered a surprising fall from grace in 2017-18 as manager Mark Hughes’ spell at the helm turned stale and his replacement, Paul Lambert, was unable to prevent relegation.

But the bookmakers clearly feel that Stoke, who had been in the top flight for 10 years, can bounce back at the first attempt.

Second favourites in the Championship title betting are West Bromwich Albion, the Midlands rivals of Stoke who were also relegated having spent much of last season at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Allan Nyom of West Bromwich Albion during a friendly match (Getty Images)
The Baggies improved towards the end of the campaign when they put Darren Moore in interim charge and he has understandably been given the job on a full-time basis.

Moore’s two predecessors at The Hawthorns last term were Alan Pardew and, before him, Tony Pulis, who is now managing another team with leading promotion hopes in the form of Middlesbrough.

Pulis took the Teessiders into the play-offs but they lost in the semi-finals to eventual runners-up Aston Villa, who are a surprisingly big price to capture the title this time but needed to make big financial cuts due to Financial Fair Play which could hinder their chances.

The third team to be relegated last season was Swansea City, who have taken a chance on appointing as their manager Graham Potter after his impressive exploits with Swedish club Ostersunds in the Europa League especially.

Of the clubs who have been in the Championship for a couple of years at least, Leeds United, Brentford, Derby County and Norwich City will be among those hoping it will be their turn to celebrate at the climax to the 2018-19 campaign.

2018-19 Championship title odds

6/1 Stoke City (William Hill)
  8/1 West Bromwich Albion (Ladbrokes)
  9/1 Middlesbrough (William Hill)
11/1 Swansea City (William Hill)
12/1 Leeds United (BoyleSports)
12/1 Nottingham Forest (BetStars)
16/1 Brentford (Ladbrokes)
16/1 Derby County (Coral)
18/1 Aston Villa (Unibet)
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