Gary Rowett will be the man in the Stoke City dugout at the start of 2017/18 and while the 44-year-old has enjoyed relative success with both Burton Albion, Birmingham City and Derby County in recent years, he is clearly of the opinion that he can lift the Potters back into the top-flight at the first time of asking.
Stoke struggled through a disappointing campaign in 2017/18 with Mark Hughes sacked as manager and his replacement Paul Lambert unable to turn things around and keep the side in the top-flight, however the bookies clearly feel that the Potters can bounce back at the first attempt with Bet365 Bookies going 7/1 on Stoke City to win the Championship title.
Second favourites in the battle for the Championship title are West Bromwich Albion, the Baggies also falling from the Premier League at the end of last season having spent much of the latter stages of the campaign in bottom position. West Brom showed huge signs of improvement later in the season, however it was very much a case of too little too late and it was no huge surprise when they made the drop. Nevertheless the decent run under the guidance of interim boss Darren Moore was enough to secure for him the manager’s position on a permanent basis and should he manage to emulate their excellent late-season form into the new campaign, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be challenging for a play-off place at the very least.
Former Baggies boss Tony Pulis is now in charge of Middlesbrough and he steered them into last season’s play-offs where they lost to eventual runners-up Aston Villa. The Teessiders are third-favourites at 9/1 to win the Championship title in 2018/19, ahead of newly-relegated Swansea City at 10/1.
Championship Title Best Odds
7/1 – Stoke City
8/1 – West Bromwich Albion
9/1 – Middlesbrough
10/1 – Swansea City
14/1 – Aston Villa
16/1 – Leeds United