npower-championshipAs we start to prepare for 2013/14, The Championship remains one of the most difficult leagues in the world to predict.

Every season, a team most people consider to have no chance of challenging for promotion seems to defy logic and secure an insanely valuable Premier League spot. 2012/13 was no different. Cardiff City were amongst the favourites, but no one was tipping Hull City and Crystal Palace. Not for promotion at least.

It makes setting odds something of a guessing game, akin to the Grand National you could argue. Nevertheless, the bookies have had a go.

For the 2013/14 season, the odds comparison on Freebets.com shows Queens’ Park Rangers to be favourites at every bookmaker, with odds ranging from 6/1 to 7/1.

QPR are followed by a closely matched group of teams in the 9/1 to 12/1 range, led by Leicester City at most bookmakers.

Reading, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic all have odds equal to or lower than 11/1 at one bookies or another, completing the predicted top six.

The early odds for Leeds United winning the league range from 17/1 to 19/1, ranking them the 9th most likely champions.

At the other end of the scale, Yeovil Town are considered the least likely team to win the Championship with odds as high as 200/1. Yeovil are followed by a group of unfavoured Yorkshire teams with Doncaster Rovers at 150/1, Barnsley at 100/1 and Huddersfield Town at 80/1, all with Sporting Bet.

Millwall are also expected to have a tough season at 66/1.

It’s early days for the Championship odds and you can expect a lot to change based on the transfer window. If you fancy Leeds United to sign a few big names and challenge for the title, it’s probably best to place your bet now, as any big name transfer will shorten Leeds’ odds considerably.

If I was a betting man – which I’m not, because I’m useless at it – I’d be inclined to agree with the bookies that QPR are the most likely champions. I suspect Reading will challenge and wouldn’t rule Brighton (17/1) out as an outside bet, though a lot will depend on the future of Gus Poyet and their ability to retain key players like Liam Bridcutt, who is currently attracting a lot of attention.

  • spellz

    Looking at the clubs that are in the running this season personally I think we have a great chance of winning the league, I know that sounds like wishful thinking but a few more signings of significant quality could well be the key, our mis-managed squad of last season might well play top quality football we just never would have known under NW’s reign.

    Looking at the rest of the favourites not one team really stands out as scary I think you will have some consistent squads that will win a good portion of games such as leicester, bolton, Q.P.R, reading but I do feel we should be on terms with them and this is a totally unbiased judgement but If I did not support a championship side I would definitely think Leeds United would be my wager, great fans, promotion proven manager, expect signings to come, no team likes travelling to ER and finally we have some stability as a club in a fresh start to the season, in fact we are value at 17/1 and also on bet365 we are 5/1 to be promoted which I will be putting a packet on this season just to maintain the belief as I think this is not a strong looking list of teams this season and the mighty whites will prevail. M.O.T as always.

    • jb

      I agree I think our players were ok last year but Warnock managed shockingly last term. With a few quality editions we can do it. We were a much better side when Brian came in and we had the same players. We can do it….MOT

      • spellz

        Plus he came in at a time when relegation threatened us and players confidence was low and we still played more fluently than we did under Warnock I believe we can do it why the hell not, M.O.T as always.

  • John

    I’ve already put a £100 bet on Leeds to win the league, odds were 16/1 with William Hill at the time. My Dad & I are going to split it £50 each!

    • spellz

      A solid £800 profit for you and your dad, it will feel so good if you get your returns and see Leeds in the Premier League at the same time what could possibly be better than that? mot aa

      • Exiled White

        Knocking the scum out of the FA cup on their turf. Again. Coupled with a winning bet and back where they belong in the top flight, it will do me fine.

        • spellz

          Yeah and that :)

          • dyl

            leeds r going up!!!!!

          • spellz

            Sure hope so pal.

    • dyl

      ur gonna win that money!

  • Tyler75

    Reading for automatic with Leeds, Bolton, QPR, Forest and Leicester battling it out for second auto and play-off places.

    • dyl

      i agree with leeds and forest

  • gordon findlay

    If uncle Fester gets the backing the n I’m sure we’ll be up there and in with a chance . If not , I feel nobody is going to lay the blame on the manager and the owners will be in for a rough ride . And rightly so , what’s the point of buying a Ferrari and not being able to afford the petrol ?

  • Matthew

    I can’t see QPR being up there personally. Everything going on there suggests things will implode soon. Arry will jump ship when he isn’t backed to his liking, if results don’t go their way, they lose a manager and the general feeling of shitness is felt at Loftus Road.

    They were also relegated on the back of a dreadful season. They have as much chance as anyone else.

  • dyl

    WE ARE GOING UP
    LUFC