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2017-18 Championship title odds - Aston Villa favourites for top spot

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Aston Villa's new signing John Terry (right) and manager Steve Bruce during a press conference at Villa Park (credit: Getty Images)

Aston Villa, who signed John Terry from Chelsea this summer, have been installed as the early favourites to be promoted to the Premier League as winners of the Championship in the 2017-18 season.

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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.

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.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk (Getty Images)
The trio of clubs that came down from the Premier League all changed their manager either towards or at the end of the season and the bookmakers feel that Middlesbrough, who have appointed Garry Monk, are better placed than Leonid Slutsky's Hull City and Simon Grayson's Sunderland to go straight back up.

Norwich City fans will be hoping their club can emulate Huddersfield Town in being led to promotion by a German manager who was on the coaching staff at Borussia Dortmund.

Daniel Farke is the man little-known in England who has taken a similar route to the Championship as David Wagner, who was appointed at Huddersfield by Stuart Webber, now sporting director at Carrow Road.

Sheffield Wednesday have missed out in the play-offs for the last two seasons and will be hoping it is their turn to celebrate this time around, while Derby County are another club who must feel they are ready to launch a serious promotion challenge.

2017-18 Championship title best odds


  8/1 Aston Villa (BetVictor)
17/2 Middlesbrough (188BET)
  9/1 Fulham (Stan James)
12/1 Norwich City (betway)
12/1 Sheffield Wednesday (Sportingbet)
14/1 Derby County (Paddy Power)
14/1 Wolves (BetVictor)
17/1 Sunderland (188BET)
18/1 Leeds United (BetStars)
20/1 Hull City (188BET)
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2017-18 Championship title odds - Aston Villa favourites for top spot

Aston Villa, who signed John Terry from Chelsea this summer, have been installed as the early favourites to be promoted to the Premier League as winners of the Championship in the 2017-18 season.

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