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Championship promotion odds: Plenty in running in tight division

| 13.11.2021

Championship promotion odds and contenders

The Championship title race may look like a straight battle between Bournemouth, Fulham and West Brom but the fight for promotion is a lot more open.

Heading into the international break, 19th-placed Bristol City are just seven points off the top six so there are around 17 teams still entertaining thoughts of making it to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Fulham, Bournemouth and West Brom are all odds-on to be promoted but we have picked out some of the other contenders.

Stoke

The Potters are well placed in fifth spot but they could easily find themselves in mid-table should they fail to win any of their next three games such is the tightness in the division.

Stoke will need to avoid throwing away three-goal leads as they did in the recent 3-3 draw with Cardiff but seven points from nine suggests they are moving in the right direction and can be backed at 4/1.

Coventry

City’s superb home form has helped put them in the play-off spots heading into the international break and they can be backed at 6/1 in the Championship promotion odds.

Coventry beat Bristol City 3-2 last time out despite playing the whole of the second half with 10 men, a performance described as “phenomenal” by manager Mark Robins, so if they can start picking up more points away from home they stand a chance.

QPR

Mark Warburton’s side occupy the final play-off spot as the Championship pauses for World Cup qualifiers but they perhaps should be even higher.

The R’s scored the opening goal in their last five matches but took just eight points during that spell, although Warburton believes his players are “making progress” so we go 7/1 on them reaching the top flight for the first time in 10 years.

Blackburn

Rovers are on the fringes of the top six and priced at 10/1 in the Championship promotion odds but like many of the teams outside the top two their form has been inconsistent.

However, Tony Mowbray praised his side’s “strength of character” having watched his men bounce back from their worst home defeat – a 7-0 drubbing by Fulham – with a 3-1 comeback victory over Sheffield United for a third win in four.

Only Fulham and Bournemouth have scored more goals than Rovers this season but they have the fifth leakiest defence in the division so they are a team that usually needs to score at least twice to win.

Huddersfield

The Terriers dropped out of the play-off places with a 1-1 draw at Peterborough during the week and conceded a stoppage-time winner at Cardiff at the weekend, so just one win in five means they are eighth heading into the break and 20/1 to be promoted.

Town are the lowest scorers of the teams in the top eight but they don’t concede many and their home form has been solid.

They have broken the deadlock in 10 of their 17 games and only have 25 points to their name so need to start hanging on to their leads.

Best of the rest

Neil Warnock left Middlesbrough despite a 1-1 draw with West Brom and was replaced by Chris Wilder so hopes are high of a promotion push at Boro, who are 16/1 in the Championship promotion odds.

Sheffield United have won just five games but are just seven points off sixth so they could still put a run together having retained the majority of their squad from the Premier League. The Blades are 8/1 to be promoted.

Millwall are 10/1, Luton and Swansea are both 16/1 while Nottingham Forest are 18/1 to launch a late push under Steve Cooper.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner