Reading are leading the EFL Championship 7 points clear of second place Swansea after eight rounds. Their performance is a big surprise as no one mentioned The Royals in the favorites before the start of the season. Let’s see their and the other favorites’ odds now in the Championship 2020-21 winner odds.
24 teams compete in the English second-tier league, the EFL Championship and fight for a place in the top. The first two teams of the league are automatically promoted to the Premier League, while teams between the 3rd and 6th place take part in the play-off, where the winner also gets promoted. This season it is even more crucial for the clubs to be able to play in the top league and strengthen their financial situation.There is a huge race for the three places between several former PL clubs and last season’s major teams like Brentford who only lost to Fulham in the play-off final last year.
Brentford and former PL clubs are favored in the Championship 2020-21 winner odds
Interestingly online sportsbooks in the UK still favor last season’s 3rd-place team, Brentford, to win the league this season with the odds of 5.50. Even though the team is only in 11th place at the moment with 11 points out of 8 games. Of course, the team was great last season, and got very close to promotion. But they lost their last two crucial games at the end and also the play-off final against Fulham. This unexpected downfall might have an impact on the players who seem to struggle in the beginning of the new season. Except for new signing Ivan Toney, who is in great form and scored his 100th career-goal yesterday.
But Brentford need to recover quickly if they want to fight again for promotion. As they face huge rivalry from last year’s Premier League clubs who all want to get back for next season. Bournemouth have the biggest chance to return to the top tier straight away according to the Championship 2020-21 winner odds. In spite of losing several key players, like Nathan Ake, Aaron Ramsdale and Jermain Defoe and long-term manager Eddie Howe. Another ex-Premier League club, Watford might have a stronger team though. The Hornets managed to keep most of their players and looks like they found a suitable manager in Serbian Vladimir Ivic. Their odds to win the league is 6.50 on bet365.
Current leaders Reading can surprise everyone
Probably only the biggest fans of Reading thought that their team would lead the Championship at the end of October. After the appointment of former Chicago Fire boss Veljko Paunovic the team started the season brilliantly. They won 7 games and drew one, currently leading the league 7 points ahead of Swansea City. During the summer several senior players left the team, but they signed young talent Ovie Ejaria from Liverpool who added creativity to their play. While Ivorian striker Yakou Meite and Portuguese Lucas Joao are bringing the goals every game. Online gambling sites in the UK now offer the odds of 11.00 for their win at the end of the season.
We also have to mention the third team relegated from the Premier League last season, Norwich. The Canaries are in 5th place right now, 8 points behind Reading. They only spent one year in the top league after getting promotion as the winner of the 2018-19 Championship season. Now they will try to get back as soon as possible with the help of their talisman man, Teemu Pukki and on loan players like Ben Gibson and Oliver Skipp who joined them from Burnley and Spurs. Their odds to win the league again is 7.50.