EFL Championship Season 2019/2020 Preview, Predictions, Transfers & Betting Odds


Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:36 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2019 7:36 AM UTC

Norwich City Prevailed as EFL Champions last season. Who Can Conquer One of the Most Unpredictable Football Leagues on the Planet this Year?

<div><h2><strong><em>The English Football League Championship season will begin on</em></strong></h2><h2><strong><em>Friday the 2<sup>nd</sup> of August </em></strong></h2><h2><strong><em>when Middlesbrough travel to Luton Town for the opening game of the season</em></strong></h2><p>The summertime is coming to an end for British citizens but more importantly, the new football season is just about to begin for English football fans.</p><p>It has been a lacklustre and gruelling transfer window period for the majority of English football league fans this summer. Minimal signings and a lot of departures are leaving clubs and fans alike wondering how they are going to fair in the new season. It seems like the focus has been on managerial and tactical changes across the English football leagues which can impact a team just as much.</p><p>Although it’s slightly early to know how good a team really is with no games played, let’s take an early look at the top tipped teams for this seasons Championship battle and how the oddsmakers are projecting for the 2019/2020 season of English Championship football.</p><h2><strong>LEEDS UNITED </strong></h2><p><strong>Odds to win the Championship: [5.5] [+450] [9/2]</strong></p><p><strong>Available at: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Championship Betting Odds">Bet365</a> / Unibet / Coral / Paddy Power</strong></p><p>As expected, Leeds United are heading into the new season as this year’s favourite. December 2018 was looking like Leeds United’s season to lose and they certainly did that. Fans were already looking forward to Premiership football with how their team had performed up until this point with a 10-point gap at Christmas. A bad spell for Leeds in the new year costs them the first-place position as Norwich City and Stoke City stole the points from right under their noses whilst landing themselves automatic promotion.</p><p>The Portuguese international ‘Helder Costa’ was easily the biggest signing of the summer for Leeds United, the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger is on a one-year loan with the opportunity for Leeds to buy him at the end of the season.</p><p>The other huge signing for Leeds United was none other than current manager Marcelo Bielsa, who extended his contract with the club for another year. Bielsa has the knowledge and now the experience to avoid making that same second-term slump.</p><p>I do think we’ll see Leeds United make a good run for the title again but I’m not so sure they can take first place in a division that has been a free for all season after season. Leeds United to place in the top two does have some slightly tempting odds at <strong>3.5 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">William Hill</a> </strong>but even then, it’s a longshot in such a dramatic league.</p><p><strong>Players In</strong></p><p><strong><u>On Loan</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Jack Harrison (Manchester City)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Helder Costa (Wolves)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Jack Clarke (Tottenham)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Ben White (Brighton) </strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong><u>Purchased</u></strong></p><p><strong>N/A</strong></p><p><strong><u>Notable Players Sold</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Jack Clarke (Tottenham for £10m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Pontus Jansson (Brentford for £5.5m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor for £900k)</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong>Final Thought</strong></p><p>You can’t deny Leeds had a great season and missed Premier League promotion by a whisker two times in one season! Automatic promotion was snatched from them and then their Playoff hopes were shattered by Aston Villa.</p><p>A low number of signings isn’t something I’d worry about, with Pablo Hernandez and Helder Costa I expect even more flair than last season from the Northern football club. Marcelo Bielsa may have lost Jack Clarke but still has all the talent and experience needed to finish in the top six with ease.</p><p>It does come with heavy juice but Leeds United to finish in the top six should be money in your pocket. <em>Leeds United to finish in the top 6 at <strong>1.57</strong> with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds"><strong>Paddy Power</strong></a></em></p><p><em><strong>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;👀 Throwback to Pablo Hernandez's goal against West Brom after just 17 seconds.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/LUFC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@LUFC&lt;/a&gt; fans will be hoping for a similarly fast start to the season. 💨 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/LUFC?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LUFC&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/fSoObEJoIA\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/fSoObEJoIA&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/SkyBet/status/1155191178956091392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</strong></em></p><h2><strong>FULHAM </strong></h2><p><strong>Odds to win the Championship: [8.00] [+700] [7/1]</strong></p><p><strong>Available at: Bet365 /<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds"> Unibet</a> / Betfred </strong></p><p>With a disappointing effort in the Premier League last season behind them, Fulham set out for new goals in the EFL.</p><p>Without losing all of their key players and making a few key signings I think Fulham have great chances to make the playoffs this season. Ivan Cavaleiro comes in on loan from Wolves alongside Anthony Knockaert on loan from Brighton.</p><p>Knockaert adds some serious firepower to the Fulham line-up and he could have easily been snatched up by an EPL side. Cavaleiro is also hot property because Fulham had to battle with several other clubs to manage this signing. If Aleksandar Mitrovic stays with the club, I’m positive that Fulham can make a serious title run this season, with odds at <strong>5.00 +400 4/1</strong> for <strong>Fulham to finish in the top two</strong> I see holding great value available at <strong>William Hill</strong>.</p><p><strong>Players In</strong></p><p><strong><u>On Loan</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolves)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Anthony Knockaert (Brighton)</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong><u>Purchased</u></strong></p><p><strong>N/A</strong></p><p><strong><u>Notable Players Sold</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Ryan Sessegnon is being scouted by multiple Premier League teams</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong>Final Thought</strong></p><p>Similar to Leeds United, I think Fulham have loaned the perfect players and made the correct choice on additions needed for the new season. Fulham is more than capable of winning the league but Championship football is nothing like the Premier League and adapting to the lower league style of game could cause Fulham issues.</p><p>On paper, Fulham has one of the best teams in the league. So long as they stay headstrong, a playoff finish should come easy for the former Premier League side.<em> <strong>Fulham to finish in the top six at 1.83 with Paddy Power &amp; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Betfair</a> </strong></em>is a decent punt, whilst nearly doubling your money for backing a former Premier League side. This bet will be my first personal play of the season.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Screamers only when KMAC's around. 🙀&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;5 days. Counting down. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/MondayMotivation?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#MondayMotivation&lt;/a&gt; 👊 &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/EuQnSERYY7\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/EuQnSERYY7&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/FulhamFC/status/1155781229536600065?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 29, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>CARDIFF </strong></h2><p><strong>Odds to win the Championship: [11.00] [+1000] [10/1]</strong></p><p><strong>Available at: Bet365 / <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Betway</a> / Betfred / William Hill</strong></p><p>Neil Warnock and his Cardiff side know a thing or two about gaining promotion into the Premier League, it’s not the first rodeo for Neil and certainly isn’t the last.</p><p>Losing Kenneth Zohore was a dent in the amour for Cardiff but the former Premier League side has more experience than most when it comes down to tackling the Championship.</p><p>Will Vaulks should be a great addition for the Welsh side, relegated side Rotherham labelled him as the most outstanding player of the season and so did Neil Warnock. It just goes to show the championship level of knowledge that Neil possesses by swooping in on such a player.</p><p><strong>Players In</strong></p><p><strong><u>On Loan</u></strong></p><p><strong><u>N/A</u></strong></p><p><strong><u>Purchased</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Aden Flint (Middlesbrough for £4m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Will Vaulks (Rotherham United for £2.1m)</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong><u>Notable Players Sold</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion for £8m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Bruno Ecuele Manga (Dijon for £1.8m)</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong>Final Thought</strong></p><p>Cardiff City is quite high in terms of odds, their visit to the Premier League wasn’t an easy one but they made very little changes to the squad. They head back down to familiar territory and should be a tough team to beat with a strong back four in defence.</p><p>I’m not sure Cardiff will squeeze an automatic promotion spot but given their history, a top-six finish should be a position Cardiff are more than capable of obtaining. <strong><em>Cardiff to finish in the top six at 2.20 +120 6/5 with Betfair &amp; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Paddy Power</a> </em></strong>is worth a look.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock gives an update on any potential transfer business his side may do before the window closes... &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/JInI6r7Z6Y\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/JInI6r7Z6Y&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BBCSportWales/status/1155183380193054720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><strong>WEST BROMWICH ALBION </strong></h2><p><strong>Odds to win the Championship: [13.00] [+1200] [12/1]</strong></p><p><strong>Available at: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Bet365 </a></strong></p><p>At first glance into the top four teams, West Brom is probably the side I worry for the most. With a huge number of players leaving the club, I’m not sure if new manager Slaven Bilic has what it takes to figure out a viable game plan for ‘The Baggies’ in their hunt for promotion as he’s not known for being the most defensive style of manager and West Brom conceded more goals than any other top ten side last season.</p><p>The likes of Leeds United and Fulham will be difficult sides to take on for top two positions but a top-six finish is more within their range with odds coming in at <strong><em>2.20 +120 6/5 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Betfair</a> &amp; Paddy Power</em></strong>.</p><p><strong>Players In</strong></p><p><strong><u>On Loan</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Filip Krovinovic (Benfica)</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong><u>Purchased</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff for £8m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Romaine Sawyers (Brentford for £2.9m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United for £1.5m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers for £1.5m)</strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong><u>Notable Players Sold</u></strong></p><ul> <li> <p><strong>Salomon Rondon (Dalian Yifang for £16.5m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Jay Rodriguez (Burnley for £5m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Morgan Rogers (Manchester City for £4m)</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Craig Dawson (Watford for £4m) </strong></p> </li></ul><p><strong>Final Thought</strong></p><p>West Brom has made more purchases than any other top 4 at the bookies but they have also sold more. With over £30m made in profit and only £15m spent, it does leave room for ‘The Baggies’ to make some more last-minute transfers.</p><p>If West Brom could tighten up the back and maybe purchase one more key striker I can see them gaining promotion this year whether that be automatic or playoff. Kenneth Zohore could be significant for West Bromwich Albion’s strike force but without the defence to back it could spell danger, other than a West Bromwich top six finish I don’t see value anywhere in backing them for a top-two finish just yet. <strong><em>West Bromwich Albion to finish in the top six</em></strong> <strong><em>2.20 +120 6/5 with Betfair &amp; Paddy Power.</em></strong></p><h2><strong><em><u>Official Bets</u></em></strong></h2><p><strong><em>2u on Fulham to finish in the top six at 1.83 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Paddy Power</a> &amp; Betfair</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>2u on Cardiff to finish in the top six at 2.20 +120 6/5 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="EFL Betting Odds">Betfair</a> &amp; Paddy Power</em></strong></p><p> </p></div>
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