Stoke City look a fantastic bet at 6/1 to win the 2018/19 Championship title, with Gary Rowett making some shrewd signings
The Championship typically offers more excitement than the Premier League due to being a more competitive division. “Anyone can beat anyone” goes the old adage, although there still looks to be a natural pecking order for the second tier of English football.
The teams coming down from the Premier League have their pockets filled with parachute cash and that applies to STOKE CITY who are the rightful favourites to land the 2018/19 Championship title.
The Coates family acted quickly after getting relegated from the Premier League, poaching Gary Rowett from Derby County and laying down a plan of action which has seen them retain the nucleus of the squad that played in the top flight.
James McClean has arrived recently from West Brom, while Benik Afobe is the goal-getter that the Potters need to launch a promotion campaign, while Joe Allen has just signed a four-year deal.
The vibes are very positive and Rowett is an experienced manager at this level who has punched above his weight with Birmingham and Derby, with the Rams having made the play-offs last term despite selling Will Hughes and Thomas Ince.
Ince might yet be reunited with Rowett at Stoke, with West Brom and Swansea the other relegated teams, although neither have made a big move in the transfer market at the time of writing.
The Baggies will be led by the relatively inexperienced Darren Moore, while Graham Potter is the slightly leftfield appointment at the Liberty Stadium, with the futures of Andre Ayew and Alfie Mawson up in the air.
Middlesbrough are managed by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis and the Teeside club are likely to be competitive but perhaps a touch workmanlike, while Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are operating under new ownerships but stability could be a problem.
Beyond this, there doesn’t look to be fierce competition, with Frank Lampard trying to get a tune out of Derby with a modest budget and Preston potentially a side that can go well at odds of 33/1.
However, Stoke at 6/1 look a touch of value and those odds could shorten before the season starts.
Stoke City to win @ 6/1 with William Hill
All odds were correct at time of posting.