The race for the Premier League – do the favourites go up?

The football season begins in the first week in August with the Championship, as the battle for places in the Premier League begins again.

Many are again predicting the winners, and losers, and just who might earn one of the three places up for grabs in the world’s most prestigious league.

The promotion favourites have been named – but is that a good thing or not?

Well OddsMonkey research has shown that it is anything but a good thing to be considered one of the favourites to up…

Promotion favourites in last 5 years
2019/2020 Cardiff City Fulham Leeds United
2018/2019 Middlesbrough Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion
2017/2018 Aston Villa Middlesbrough
Sheffield Wednesday
2016/2017 Aston Villa NEWCASTLE UNITED Norwich City
2015/2016 Derby County HULL CITY
2014/2015 Derby County Fulham NORWICH CITY

And as the research shows, over the last five years – just four of the 15 favourites for promotion have done so…that is just 26.6%.

The last time was one of the favourites to achieve promotion was back in 2017 when Rafa Benitez guided Newcastle United back to the Premier League.

In the last two years, not one of the favourites have managed to land a promotion spot.

Going into 2019/20 and the clubs looking to put the record right are Cardiff, Fulham and Leeds – they are the three favourites going into the campaign.

OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “It really is amazing to look at just how tough the favourites have it in the Championship, but for just one of the favourites in the last three years to make it to the Premier League shows just how tough an ask it is.”

Selected Championship odds 2019/20:
Leeds United – 9/2
Fulham – 7/1
Cardiff City – 10/1
West Bromwich Albion – 12/1
Brentford – 12/1
Stoke City – 12/1
Derby County – 16/1
Bristol City – 16/1
Middlesbrough – 16/1
Nottingham Forest – 16/1
Huddersfield Town – 20/1
Sheffield Wednesday – 20/1
Swansea City – 33/1
Blackburn Rovers – 33/1
Preston North End – 33/1
Millwall – 50/1
Wigan Athletic – 50/1
Birmingham City – 50/1
Queens Park Rangers – 66/1
Luton Town – 66/1
Hull City – 66/1
Reading – 66/1
Charlton Athletic – 80/1
Barnsley – 100/1

*Odds correct at time of writing