Championship title odds: Hot Cottagers odds-on for top spot
Championship title odds and contenders
The Championship title race is looking like a three-horse race between Fulham, Bournemouth and West Brom as we head into the international break.
The Cottagers are on a six-match winning run which has seen them move to within two points of leaders Bournemouth, the team they face at the start of December.
Marco Silva’s side are 5/6 in the Championship title odds to make an immediate return to the Premier League, so let’s check out their prospects and those of their rivals.
Fulham are looking unstoppable having scored 21 goals and conceded just once in their last half a dozen matches.
The west Londoners are comfortably the top scorers in the division with 44, 13 more than nearest rivals Bournemouth, and they have the second meanest defence so the signs are promising they can finish top of the table.
Another important victory. 😌
Stayed patient, stayed balanced. ⚖️#PETFUL
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) November 6, 2021
Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been outstanding this season, scoring 20 goals in 17 appearances. 10 of which have come in his last six games.
With such an outstanding goalscorer in a squad brimming with talent, Fulham look ideally suited for a top-flight return as champions.
The Cherries bounced back from their first defeat of the season by tearing apart Swansea at the weekend after which manager Scott Parker described his side as “brilliant overall”.
A big reaction and a happy gaffer 😁
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) November 6, 2021
Bournemouth’s 16-match unbeaten run had been ended by Preston during the week, but doubles from Dominic Solanke and Jaidon Anthony ensured they put that result firmly out of their minds.
Solanke has scored 13 of Bournemouth’s 31 goals this season and if he continues in this vein there is no reason why they cannot be crowned champions at 13/8 in the Championship title odds having been 10/3 at the start of October.
The Baggies were 9/4 co-favourites in the Championship title odds in our last preview, but heading into the international break find themselves eight points adrift of top spot in third place.
West Brom have the second best home record in the division (W6 D3 L0) and are the only team yet to be beaten in front of their own fans, but they have lost their last three games on the road.
Valerien Ismael’s men became one of the latest teams to suffer at the hands of Mitrovic, whose hat-trick gave Fulham a 3-0 victory in their last outing away from home, and they are at Huddersfield and Blackpool immediately after the break.
West Brom need to overcome their travel sickness if they are to justify Championship title odds of 5/1.
Best of the rest
Fifth-placed Stoke ended a three-match losing run by taking seven points off Cardiff, Blackpool and Luton, but they are 12 points adrift of Bournemouth who beat the Potters 1-0 last month.
City have taken a division-high 21 points from 27 at home this season, so if they can improve their form on the road they can start to claw back the 10-point gap on Bournemouth.
QPR, sixth in the table, have lost to all of the top three this season, but their form suggests there is more to come and they can be backed at 66/1.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication