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Championship winner odds: Fulham are off the pace

| 04.10.2021
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The latest in the race for the 2021/22 Championship title

With 11 games of the season gone, we take a look at the updated Championship winner odds.

Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United were all relegated from the Premier League last season and having assessed the likely candidates for the drop this time, now we look at the current leading contenders to make it to the top flight.

Fulham

Fulham fans had little to cheer in a 2020/21 Premier League campaign that yielded 27 points and relegation with three games remaining but they have made a reasonable start this term, scoring more goals (23) than any other side in the division.

Marco Silva’s side have suffered a dip in recent weeks, however, winning just one of their last four games. They suffered their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday, going down 4-1 at Coventry and giving away some sloppy goals in the process.

Having lost three times already, they sit five points off leaders Bournemouth, so there is clearly work to be done if they are to justify Championship winner odds of 9/4 and 8/15 to earn promotion.

West Brom

Frenchman Valérien Ismaël, who guided Barnsley to fifth place in the Championship last term, could well be one of the signings of the season.

The former Bayern Munich defender saw his side lose 1-0 at Stoke on Friday as they lost their unbeaten record, but the Baggies face three sides who have won just nine of 33 games in the next three weeks and must fancy their chances of cementing themselves as title challengers.

They are 9/4 to take the title and 4/6 to go up.

Bournemouth

Scott Parker’s side were 9/1 to win the title at the start of the season and are in to 10/3 now, following an unbeaten start that has seen them take 25 points from 11 games and concede just eight goals.

They top the table by three points following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat of Sheffield United and while they have three away games in their next four, the Cherries are now evens to earn promotion.

Stoke

Stoke have lost just twice this season and they were full value for the 1-0 win over West Brom on Friday, which puts them fourth in the table just four points behind Bournemouth.

Michael O’Neill has the luxury of being able to mix and match his midfield and forward pairing to suit his opponents and Stoke are reaping the benefits.

The Potters are 10/1 to win the title and 11/4 to earn promotion, although upcoming clashes with Sheffield United, Bournemouth and Millwall will make this an interesting October.

Coventry

Mark Robins’ side have been one of the surprise packages of the season thus far. Having been thumped 5-0 at Luton in midweek, they defeated Fulham 4-1 at home on Saturday and have won seven of their 11 games – as many as leaders Bournemouth.

Coventry have a proven scorer in Viktor Gyokeres, who netted a brace on Saturday, and they are 20/1 to win the title and 9/2 to go up.

QPR

Rangers strengthened last season’s ninth-placed squad with five permanent signings and Mark Warburton’s side have won their last two to sit in sixth place.

They have had three defeats so far and remain 20/1 to win the title, although they are in to 9/2 to be promoted.

Sheffield United

Things have not gone according to plan as United bid to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The Blades, 8/1 in the Championship winner odds at the start of the season, are out to 33/1, following two successive defeats – at Middlesbrough and Bournemouth – and Slavisa Jokanovic, who led Watford and Fulham to the Premier League in 2015 and 2018 respectively, has a job on his hands.

United, who sit in 14th place, 13 points behind the leaders, are now 7/1 to earn promotion.

View the latest EFL Championship odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Simon Milham