For the upcoming SkyBet Championship season, the three team that got relegated are the top three favourites to win the league, as Fulham come in as favourites at 5/1, whilst West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United have the odds of 6/1 and 7/1. Bournemouth are fourth favourites at 9/1.
Ironically, all four of these sides have had managerial changes, as Fulham appointed former Watford and Everton manager Marco Silva, following the departure of Scott Parker to Bournemouth, whilst Valerien Ismael joined the Baggies having worked wonders at Barnsley last season and Slavisa Jokanovic took the vacant managerial role at Sheffield United.
Last season both Norwich City and Watford were promoted as first and second place, whilst Brentford managed to beat Swansea City in the playoff final, which could be a good omen for some of those which dropped down to the Championship from the Premier League last season. Both Parker and Jokanovic also have previous experience of earning promotion to the Premier League, as they both won the playoffs with Fulham, in 2020 and 2018 and the Serbian even managed to earn automatic promotion with Watford in the 2014/15 season.
What must be noted is that Fulham have kept the majority of their side that played in the Premier League last season apart from Alphonse Areola, Joachim Andersen and Ademola Lookman, although they have signed the likes of Paulo Gazzaniga and Harry Wilson on permanent deals from Tottenham and Liverpool.