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Brighton 5/2 for Championship promotion after flying start

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Brighton have dropped just two Championship points after seven games and are now 7/1 title second-favourites

Can Brighton & Hove Albion stay at the top of the Championship table this season? Probably not, although Chris Hughton couldn’t have imagined the Seagulls would get off to such a fast start.

Six wins and a draw in seven matches mean that the Sussex club are five points clear at the top, with Tuesday’s 2-1 win against Rotherham helping to keep their promotion rivals at bay.

Tomer Hemed was an unknown when arriving at the AMEX Stadium in the summer, with a bigger fanfare afforded to Bobby Zamora’s return to the club, although it’s the Israeli who has made the biggest impact thus far.

Four goals in the past three Brighton games suggest that Hughton has a prolific scorer in the squad, with Ladbrokes going a best price 5/2 about the Seagulls getting promoted to the Premier League.

Albion are 7/1 with the same bookmaker to enjoy a title-winning season, with Middlesbrough remaining favourites after a strong start to the campaign which has seen them collect fourteen points from seven matches.

Aitor Karanka’s side are second in the table and Christian Stuani appears to be finding his feet at the Riverside, with the Uruguayan scoring a brace in a recent win over Brentford.

Bet365 offer 9/4 about Boro claiming the title this season after missing out in the play-offs last term, with the Teeside club odds-on across the board to land promotion to the top flight.

Hull have also enjoyed a strong opening as they bid to make an immediate return to the top flight, with Derby County 10/1 for the title after a couple of away wins under Paul Clement.

The Rams have a squad bulging with quality players after a summer spend and perhaps County will gain some momentum after landing three-point hauls at Preston and Reading.

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