Coventry City would love nothing more than a return to the Premier League – but the bookies reckon the wait will go on next season.
After Blackpool confirmed promotion to Championship next season by beating Lincoln in the League One play-off final, the odds for the runners and riders in the title race were soon appearing.
While the season doesn’t start until August 7 and that’s before we have even seen clubs do their transfer business, so much can change before the start of the season.
But that doesn’t mean it is wise to dismiss the early betting out of hand.
This time last year, the bookies tipped Watford, Brentford and Norwich City as the three favourites to be champions and all three went up.
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What’s more, Wycombe Wanderers, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday were the three clubs with the longest odds – and all three went down.
Predictably, Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United are the clear favourites in the race to become champions following their relegation from the Premier League.
And ominously for the likes of Blackpool and Peterborough, those two clubs have the longest odds suggesting they are set for a very quick return to League One.
Derby County and Huddersfield Town are both expected to have a season of struggle.
As for Coventry, they are ranked alongside Birmingham, Luton and Hull in the odds of Championship glory with the quartet all ranked at 40/1.
The Sky Blues will, of course, hope to spring a surprise particularly as they made a reasonable fist of being back in the Championship following promotion from League One.
That was despite having no fans, finances hit by the coronavirus pandemic and groundsharing with Birmingham City.
But as far as the bookies are concerned, they don’t feel relegation is on the cards for the Sky Blues who will be looking to improve on 16th in the table as they finished one place above Nottingham Forest.
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Early Championship 2021/22 title odds
Fulham 11/2; West Brom 15/2; Sheff Utd 8/1; Bournemouth 10/1; Swansea 14/1; Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Nottingham Forest 16/1; Blackburn, Barnsley 20/1; Reading, QPR, Millwall 25/1; Preston, Bristol City 33/1; Luton, Coventry, Birmingham, Hull 40/1; Huddersfield, Derby 50/1; Peterborough, Blackpool 66/1.