The 2014-2015 season draws to a close for the Championship and for Reading, and as many look back to review the season, we begin to look forwards towards 2015-2016 here at Bookie Watch with a very early preview of the Championship odds for next season.
Typically the winner of this league does not come from the favourite, who at this early stage is usually found to be one of the relegated clubs, in this case it’s Hull City (10/1). Only two favourites have won the league in the past 15 years, Newcastle United in 09/10, and Manchester City in 01/02. Only six of the last 12 seasons relegated clubs have finished in the top three the following season. QPR are at 20/1, with the final relegated club Burnley (14/1).
The newly promoted teams are often looked at as teams who may "double promote" straight through the Championship and into the Premier League, this memory is perhaps fazed by the recent success in the past 5 years of both Norwich, and then Southampton managing it in successive seasons. This leads people to be looking at the newly promoted clubs to get promoted. However, the newly promoted clubs have only seen two teams make the top three in their first season in the Championship in the past decade, as mentioned. Bristol City are the highest rated amongst the books, offered at the same odds as QPR at 20/1. the MK Dons and Preston are among the lower end of the table, being offered at 33/1 and 40/1 respectively.
Losing playoff sides are also fondly looked at in the winner market. Three of the last four winners in the Championship have gone on to win the league in the following season, with Leicester in 2014, Cardiff in 2013, and Reading back in 2012 all winning the league after losing in the playoffs the season before. This shows in the odds available, with Middlesbrough as 2nd favourite at 12/1. The other losing playoff contenders, Brentford, and Ipswich, are available at 16/1 and 22/1.
Championship Promotion Odds
|Preston North End||40/1|