GET OUR TOP TIPS

FOLLOW Footballtips

Big gamble on Leicester City to win Championship next season

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson (credit: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
The 2012/13 Championship title race looks poised to be a thriller as some sleeping giants awake from their slumber in a bid to deny three teams an immediate return to the Premier League.

Some 18 of the 24 teams that will make up next year’s Championship have experience in the Premier League, and every one of them will harbour a belief that they are capable of securing a return in the near future.

But some are closer than others, and it is Leicester City, who last graced the top level of English football in 2004, that are fancied as the favourites to earn promotion back to the Premier League, priced at 2/1 with Betfred.

The Foxes have assembled a strong squad during the close season and look easily capable of overcoming the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs last term.

Expect former Everton man Jermaine Beckford to be at the forefront of City’s attacking threat, although they do appear short of other strike options at this relatively early stage of transfer window period.

Of the three teams relegated at the end of last season, it’s Bolton Wanderers who many believe have the best chance of bouncing back at the first attempt.

In Owen Coyle, the Trotters have a manager who already has a Premier League promotion on his CV, and that experience at the top of the club should not be underestimated, to the extent that their 9/4 price seems rather generous.

Wolves endured a torrid time in the Premier League last season and their relegation back to the league they climbed out of three years ago appeared nailed on from an early stage of the campaign.

The club disposed of interim manager Terry Connor at the end of the 2011/12 campaign in favour of recruiting a relative unknown to oversee first team affairs, and what they hope will be a successful campaign in the Championship.

Stalle Solbakken is the man who’s been tasked with leading Wolves’ march back to the Premier League and, at odds of 11/4, they are fancied to be in the mix at the end of the season.

Solbakken made six appearances for Wimbledon in the 1997/98 season, but his lack of experience of the English game beyond that brief spell could hinder the Molineux outfit’s hopes of bouncing back at the first attempt.

Blackburn, meanwhile, have kept their faith in Steve Kean, who will be under great pressure from the club’s Indian owners to bring Premier League football back to Ewood Park.

But at 7/2 they are not fancied to be in the box seat for one of the three promotion places up for grabs, and it is difficult to see the 1994/95 Premier League Champions coasting to success next year.

Outside of those four, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United will head into the new season with renewed hope of sealing what their supporters believe is a long overdue return to one of Europe’s elite competitions.

The two clubs have proud histories at the summit of English football, but those memories of success in major competitions are becoming more and more distant.

Both teams head into the campaign under new managers, and it is Neil Warnock’s Leeds who have a particularly strong chance of defying their 4/1 price and earning promotion.

Warnock has masterminded countless promotions during his managerial career and knows exactly what it takes to turn also-rans into genuine promotion contenders.

Forest, on the other hand, opted to appoint a less well-known name following the departure of Steve Cotterill.

Former Doncaster Rovers supremo Sean O’Driscoll has been plucked from relative obscurity at Crawley and given the opportunity to earn a place in City Ground folklore by leading the team back to the Premier League.

At 7/2, they are expected to at least make the play-offs, but O’Driscoll’s lack of experience at the top end of English football’s second tier could prevent Forest from taking that final step and earning promotion.
comments powered by Disqus

All Championship Tips News

Recent Championship Tips Articles

  • Burnley FC v Reading FC tips – Clarets to collect three more points

    Burnley can consolidate top spot in the Championship with a victory against Reading on Saturday afternoon....

  • Derby County v Leeds United tips – Steve McClaren to enjoy winning Rams debut

    Steve McClaren officially takes charge of Derby County for the first time when they welcome Leeds United to Pride Park on Saturday, and the former England boss can enjoy a winning start to his reign....

  • Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers betting tips - More Blues in store for Trotters

    Birmingham City can sustain their excellent recent home form by inflicting another defeat on hapless Bolton Wanderers. ...

  • Both Teams To Score accumulator tips for Championship games on Tuesday

    The Sky Bet Championship has an almost full programme of games taking place on Tuesday night – and we have looked through the fixtures and picked out the following fourfold that is worth backing on the Betfred ‘Goals Galore’ coupon. ...

  • Championship accumulator betting tips - Five teams to win on Tuesday night

    An almost full programme of Championship games takes place on Tuesday night – and we suggest five teams you should put in an accumulator bet. ...

  • Blackpool FC v Bolton Wanderers tips – Seasiders to add to Trotters’ misery

    Bolton Wanderers' struggles look set to continue when they make the short trip to Blackpool in the Championship this evening....

  • Blackburn Rovers v Watford FC tips – Expect goals in Ewood Park clash

    Ewood Park is expected to see plenty of goals when Blackburn Rovers host Watford in the Championship tonight....

  • Goals Galore accumulator tips for Tuesday October 1

    The Champions League and SkyBet Championship dominate the football schedule for Tuesday, and we have taken a look through the fixtures and picked out the following fourfold that can be backed on the Betfred “Goals Galore” coupon....

  • Nottingham Forest v Derby County betting tips - Ram raid to yield three points

    Nottingham Forest and Derby County are in similar form just now and so the visitors could be good value to win this East Midlands battle at the City Ground. ...

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • One Direction star Louis Tomlinson linked with Doncaster Rovers takeover

    Doncaster Rovers have confirmed they are in talks over a possible takeover following reports suggesting One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is keen on purchasing the club....

  • Watch Bobby Zamora score a £134million goal at Wembley

    QPR won promotion back to the Premier League thanks to a 90th minute goal from Bobby Zamora against Derby County in the play-off final....

  • Loic Remy next club odds - Arsenal FC favourites to sign QPR striker

    Arsenal are the bookmakers' favourites to sign QPR striker Loic Remy this summer....

  • Next Brighton manager betting - Steve Clarke favourite to land Brighton job

    Remi Garde has reportedly emerged as a surprise leading candidate to become Brighton’s next manager, although Steve Clarke remains the bookmakers' favourite at time of writing....

  • Next Brighton manager odds - Tim Sherwood favourite to replace Oscar Garcia

    Tim Sherwood is the bookmakers' favourite to be next permanent Brighton manager after Oscar Garcia resigned from the Championship club....

  • 3 essential bets to place on Reading FC v QPR

    Reading FC host QPR in the Championship on Saturday lunchtime – and we list three essential bets to place on the second tier’s biggest game of the weekend. ...

  • Our 21/1 Championship treble for this weekend

    A cracking programme of games takes place in the Championship this weekend - and we have picked out three bets for a tasty treble that pays nearly 22/1. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship Fixtures 2013-14 – Schedule for the Championship games

    Burnley FC are the surprise new leaders of the Championship and aim to secure that position going into the international break by winning at home to Reading. ...

  • Sky Bet Championship betting tips - October 25-28 fixtures and best bets

    Burnley FC face the biggest test so far of their promotion credentials when they host QPR in a Championship top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday. ...

More Stories

Claim your free bets

Bookmakers


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Big gamble on Leicester City to win Championship next season

The 2012/13 Championship title race looks poised to be a thriller as some sleeping giants awake from their slumber.

Read more »