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Assessing the early managerial favourites to win the Championship, League One and League Two

Can Dean Smith lead Norwich to their third Championship title in five years?
Can Dean Smith lead Norwich to their third Championship title in five years?

Stamp those key dates in the diary as the 2022/23 Football League fixtures are out! 

Last season’s defeated Championship play-off finalists, Carlos Corberan’s Hudderfsfield, kick-start proceedings in the second-tier on Friday 29th July when they host relegated Burnley, who themselves have ventured into a new era under Vincent Kompany.

The bulk of the Championship action then takes place on the Saturday, when League One and Two also spark into life.

With the clock ticking and only five weeks to go, to complement the release of the fixtures we’ve taken an early look at the ante-post favourites to win the title in each EFL division: Championship, League One, and League Two.

Daily Football Tips

Championship

Norwich once again meekly plopped out of the Premier League, a division they just can’t seem to get to grips with. On the plus side they are now back in the Championship, which has been a fertile league for the club; producing two titles in their last two appearances; in the process they have accumulated a combined 191 points, scored 168 goals, won 56 games, and lost just 13 times.

It's not too much of a surprise to see that its Norwich that have been installed as the bookmakers’ 6/1 favourites to make it three Championship titles in five seasons, although they must do so without the mastermind of their previous two triumphs: Daniel Farke. Instead they have another promotion winner at the helm, Dean Smith, who will be looking to re-group and galvanise his troops after a testing period in charge last term. It’s crucial that he makes the most of a reasonably favourable start to avoid any early seeds of doubt.

The pre-season odds have new Watford (7/1) boss Rob Edwards bang in the mix as he prepares to make the step up from League Two, where he led Forest Green Rovers to the title last season. 

Four-time promotion winner Steve Bruce (West Brom) and Paul Heckingbottom (Sheffield United) follow at 10/1, as do another promotion-winning boss in Chris Wilder (Middlesbrough) and new Burnley manager Vincent Kompany at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively. If you're after an outsider, Martin Russell's Swansea can be backed at 25/1. 

You can vote on who you think will triumph in our Poll.

Championship Winner Odds

Burnley
WIN PROB: 45%
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Sheffield United
WIN PROB: 25%
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Norwich
WIN PROB: 8%
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Watford
WIN PROB: 8%
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Blackburn
WIN PROB: 2%
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Millwall
WIN PROB: 2%
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Middlesbrough
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West Bromwich Albion
WIN PROB: 2%
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Coventry
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Luton
WIN PROB: 1%
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Swansea City
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Preston
WIN PROB: 1%
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Queens Park Rangers
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Sunderland
WIN PROB: 1%
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Reading
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Birmingham
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Stoke City
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Cardiff
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Bristol City
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Blackpool
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Rotherham United
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Wigan
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Hull City
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Huddersfield
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League One

Now onto League One which has been conquered by Leam Richardson (Wigan), Grant McCann (Hull), Mark Robins (Coventry), and Mick Harford (Luton) in the last four seasons. Who will be next to taste the sweet nectar of the third-tier title?

They may have been tangled in the League One web for the last three seasons now, but as we’ve seen in the past the bookmakers have once again taken a fancy to Ipswich, the early 11/2 favourites to win the division.

The Tractor Boys haven’t even made the play-offs in that time, finishing 11th, 9th, then 11th again last season, but strides have been made under talented young coach Kieran McKenna who is expected to spark a promotion push next season.

Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday came unstuck in the play-offs last season but can draw confidence from a promising campaign which saw them finish just two points off the top-two. The Owls, who have made some shrewd additions, are hot on Ipswich’s tail in the betting at 6/1, while Wayne Rooney’s Derby are a double-figure price at 10/1 to finish at the summit upon their return to the third-tier for the first time since 1985/86. It's a rather short price given all of the uncertainty that still surrounds the club, but on the plus side Rooney has stayed put, as he said he would.

12/1 priced Peterborough, now managed by Grant McCann, will always be worth keeping an eye on. McCann won the League One title with Hull in 2021, while Posh previously won three promotions to the Championship under former boss Darren Ferguson, although the title always eluded them.

Liam Manning won widespread plaudits for his work with MK Dons last season - they agonisingly missed out on 2nd on the final day - and has since been linked with a move to the Championship. However, he's still in place and is priced at 16/1 to lead his troops to top spot next term.

Bolton, also 16/1, continue to improve under Ian Evatt, while Barnsley (Michael Duff), Portsmouth (Danny Cowley), Oxford (Karl Robinson), and Wycombe (Gareth Ainsworth) simply can't be ignored.

League One Winner Odds

Ipswich
WIN PROB: 51%
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Sheffield Wednesday
WIN PROB: 25%
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Plymouth Argyle
WIN PROB: 17%
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Derby
WIN PROB: 2%
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Portsmouth
WIN PROB: 3%
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Peterborough
WIN PROB: 3%
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Bolton Wanderers
WIN PROB: 1%
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Barnsley
WIN PROB: 1%
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Charlton Athletic
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Wycombe Wanderers
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Oxford United
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Port Vale
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Exeter
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Lincoln City
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Shrewsbury
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Bristol Rovers
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Fleetwood Town
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Accrington Stanley
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Cheltenham
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Milton Keynes Dons
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Cambridge United
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Burton Albion
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Forest Green Rovers
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Morecambe
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