The new Championship season is drawing ever closer and already attention has turned to who are the favourites for promotion and who are the ones who should be worried about relegation.

Leeds United will win the Championship this season, ending their exile from the Premier League.

That’s according to the UK’s bookmakers, who are tipping Marcelo Bielsa’s men for the Championship crown.

Betting analyst Mark O’Haire has put together a predicted Championship table according to the accumulated odds of the UK’s bookmakers.

And that puts Leeds on top, winning promotion with Fulham, who are tipped to bounce straight back up.

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff are predicted to finish third, just missing out on automatic promotion, earning a spot in the play-offs with West Brom, Stoke and Middlesbrough.

The bookmakers are predicting that a number of the second tier’s big players will miss out on the top six, including Brentford, Derby, Huddersfield, Bristol City,  Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, who will have to settle for a spot in the top-half, if these predictions do come true.

 

Hull City are tipped for a 16th-place finish, which will see them away from the trouble at the bottom.

Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, Barnsley are favourites to go down, along with Charlton and Wigan Athletic.

Perhaps surprisingly, newly promoted Luton are being tipped to beat the drop relatively comfortably, finishing in 17th.

Millwall, Reading, QPR and Birmingham are all predicted to finish below the Hatters this season.

 

Here’s a full Championship table, as predicted by the bookmakers.

Leeds

Fulham

Cardiff

West Brom 

Stoke 

Middlesbrough

Brentford

Derby

Huddersfield

Bristol City

 

Forest

Sheffield Wednesday

Swansea

Preston

Blackburn

Hull City

Luton

Birmingham

QPR

Reading

Millwall

Wigan

Charlton

Barnsley