EFL Championship Odds 23/24 Season – Leicester To Bounce Back?
In this post you can find all the EFL Championship odds for the upcoming 2023/24 season with relegated clubs backed to bounce back.
Championship Odds 23/24
Leicester – 5/1
The Premier League Champions from 2015-16 and the FA Cup Winners from 2020-21 have landed themselves through the proverbial trapdoor following their relegation to the Championship after their eighteenth-place finish in last season’s Premier League.
Leicester is arguably the most talented squad to have ever been relegated from the Premier League with the likes of Tielemans, Vardy, Maddison, and Barnes all a part of the squad that finished eight the previous season. However, there seems to be a mass exodus of their so-called stars with Tielemans already gone on a free and with many others linked with a move away it is unclear who will remain at the start of the season, who comes in and even the mentality of the existing players.
Enzo Maresca, former assistant to Pep Guardiola has left his role at Manchester City to take the head coach role. While he is a very highly respected coach, he has been a senior manager before with Parma and that didn’t exactly turn out well.
Leicester are still worthy favourites based on the current squad now and I am sure they will recruit well, but I can’t see them winning the Championship next season.
Leeds – 13/2
Leeds returns to the Championship this upcoming season for the first time since their 2019-20 triumph under Marcelo Bielsa. That season they dazzled the league with a 93-point total coming ten points clear of second-placed West Brom.
Leeds were treading water in the previous season coming seventeenth so their relegation from the Premier League following their nineteenth-place finish was less than surprising than Leicester.
The interesting thing about Leeds is that while their current squad isn’t quite at the level of Leicester and arguably more of a Championship-level squad I think you will see less of an upheaval in their squad which should land them a more favourable chance of winning the Championship title.
Leeds have been linked with the likes of Ryan Manning, Viktor Gyokeres and Cole Palmer. If they can get a similar quality of signing along with retaining players like Gnonto then they could make a swift return to the Premier League.
The one key for Leeds is their decision on who will take over as manager with Daniel Farke, Patrick Viera and Graham Potter linked. If they can get the right man I make them my favourites for the Championship.
Southampton – 8/1
Southampton returns to the Championship this upcoming season for the first time since the 2011-12 season. That season they were promoted to the Premier League after their second-placed finish under manager Nigel Adkins.
The relegation of Southampton, like Leeds, was less than surprising after coming fifteenth in the previous season. They were relegated this year finishing at the foot of the table eleven points adrift from safety.
While James Ward-Prowse and Roméo Lavia have been linked with moves away the Southampton spine next season will likely retain the services of Gavin Bazunu, Tino Livramento and more. If they recruit well they will have an excellent Championship squad next season.
Currently managerless, the key to their success next season will be the correct appointment at head coach. Fortunately for Southampton supporters, Swansea boss Russell Martin looks nailed on for the role and his possession-based style of football where he demands his side press the opposition feels like the perfect fit for Southampton.
Don’t sleep on them to go close for automatic promotion.
Middlesbrough – 8/1
Middlesbrough finished their Championship season comfortably in fourth on 75 points, but when Carrick was appointed in October they were 21st,only one point above the relegation zone.
Carrick steered their fortunes quickly being nominated for November manager of the month. The team entered the playoff spots on the 29th of December and did not leave their playoff spots for the remainder of the season before losing the semi-final to Coventry.
This will be Michael Carrick’s first full season as a head coach at the club and it will be interesting to see how he performs. While Chuba Akpom and Darragh Lenihan will prove crucial to their chances again, they will need to recruit very well if they are to have a chance of winning the Championship.
For Middlesbrough it will come down to recruitment which will determine whether they pose a threat higher up the table this season. There is reason for optimism with Ross Barkley among the rumoured signings they very well could go close for automatic promotion.
Elsewhere Watford, despite their eleventh-place finish last season, are favoured to make a charge for promotion this season at 14/1. But with Pedro gone to Brighton and Ismaila Sarr looking destined to leave, I cannot see them troubling the top of the table.
Norwich are also 14/1 despite their thirteenth-place finish last season. With Pukki gone and the likes of Omobamidele linked with big moves to AC Milan, it will take a big effort from signings Barnes, Duffy and Stacey if they are to stand a chance of winning the Championship.
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