There are three teams set to exit the Championship at the end of the season and we look at the likely candidates
Not every team stands a viable chance of making the top six of the Sky Bet Championship this season, although pretty much any club can sink towards the foot of the league and end up in a relegation dogfight.
Most clubs in the English second tier have to contend with limited budgets and Financial Fair Play, which means that overspending can be disastrous as can be seen from the examples of Sunderland, Leeds United and Leicester City in seasons gone by.
It’s fairly safe to assume that Stoke, West Brom, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest will be immune from the drop this season, although you can make a case for pretty much the other twenty sides in the division if you try hard enough.
Rotherham are trading at a shade of odds-against and it’s easy to see why. The Millers’ last season in the Championship was a car crash, with the Yorkshire side down with several games to spare although Paul Warne has galvanised the squad and they gained an instant return.
United will simply be focused on finishing above three of the other teams and one of them could be Bolton Wanderers who only just stayed up last season. Some bookies actually think the Trotters are the most likeliest to drop and their squad looks modest for this level.
Then we have Ipswich Town, Hull City, Reading, Birmingham, Blackburn, Millwall and Wigan all trading at similar prices. Paul Hurst takes charge of Ipswich after wonderful work at Shrewsbury, with Nigel Adkins looking like a safe pair of hands with the Tigers.
Reading look more of a liability under Paul Clement, with the Royals insipid for most of last season, while we would expect Blackburn and Wigan to enjoy plenty of bounce after enjoying promotion from League One.
At bigger prices, Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday could get sucked into trouble, with Leeds United always capable of reaching crisis point fairly quickly although Marcelo Bielsa looks set to have a crack at Elland Road and perhaps the club have finally hired a manager with credentials to lead a promotion charge.
Reading to be relegated @ 4/1 with BetVictor
All odds were correct at time of posting.