The new English Championship football season begins from August 8 with six new teams joining the other 18 in the competition for promotion to the Premier League

Recommendations

Middlesborough to win the Championship 7/1 William Hill

Fulham to win promotion 9/1 Skybet

Ross McCormack top Division Scorer 16/1 each way Coral (each way 1/4 1,2,3,4)

Across the league teams are active in the transfer window and new managerial appointments include Paul Clement (Carlo Ancelotti’s former Assistant) to Derby County, Carlos Carvalhal to Sheffield Wednesday and Marinus Dijkhuizen to Brentford

The new inclusions from sides relegated from the Premier League (Burnley, Hull City and QPR) may have a little financial advantage, but it will take more than just money to return to the EPL. Teams like Middlesbrough, Brentford, Ipswich and Wolves will look to improve next season again having come close to promotion last year while they face stiff competition from clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn, Birmingham and Cardiff City who will be looking to rebound after spells in the doldrums.

It will be interesting to see how the promoted teams like Preston North End, MK Dons and Bristol City hold up next season. Preston look like the best bet to survive and should be in the top half of the table at the end of the season.

Clubs such as Fulham, Bolton and Reading were in the bottom half last year and will also be looking to put more consistent campaigns together.

Here are the latest English Championship betting odds for the 2015-16 season:

Outright winner:

The favourites are Derby: 6/1 (SkyBet) Middlesbrough: 7/1 (WilliamHill) and Hull: 10/1 (WilliamHill) followed by Burnley: 14/1 (BetVictor) Brentford: 14/1 (BetVictor) Wolves 16/1 (Coral ) QPR: 16/1 (Coral) and Ipswich: 20/1 (Bet365)

These odds just go to show how open a division it looks. No less than 11 of the sides have been in the Premier League in the last five years and the majority of these still have parachute payments aiding their financial profile and ability to attract players.

Of the favourites I like Middlesborough under Aitor Karanka to take the next step. They don’t concede many goals and will be competitive throughout. At a higher price with more uncertainty attached Fulham could well hit the play-offs at a nice price. A young team that struggled last year they retain the goals of Ross McCormack and the team should mature around him

One thing is certain, it is going to be extremely competitive.

Bookmakers offer a variety of sub-markets on the Championship including Top Goal-scorer and relegation.

Taking some of these markets

Top Scorer last season was Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy with 27. Deeney (Watford, now promoted) and Rhodes (Blackburn) were joint second with 21 goals

Around 25 goals will be needed to win this market this season and the best prices on offer for the fancied players are as follows:

All prices are BetVictor or William Hill

Chris Martin (Derby) 8-1

Darren Bent (Derby) 8-1

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich) 8-1

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) 8-1

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn) 8-1

Ross McCormack (Fulham) 10-1

Benik Afobe (Wolves) 12-1

Andreas Weimann (Derby) 14-1

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) 20-1

Players can be backed each way, four places at one quarter of the odds. Clearly Derby are a fancied side and have no less than three players in the top ten at the head of the betting. Murphy is coming off a 27 goal season and 8-1 looks more than fair if he comes close to repeating that performance. My idea of outright value is Ross McCormack who scored. 17 goals last season in a struggling Fulham side, and 28 the season before for Leeds. I think Fulham should improve substantially this season, and McCormack’s prospects are good.

The Relegation market is headed by Rotherham United who just stayed up last year. Of course we would expect the promoted sides to be prominent in this market too

Best prices are as follows:

Rotherham United 15/8 (Ladbrokes)

Charlton Athletic 100/30 (Betfred)

Preston North End 9/2 (BetVictor)

Birmingham City 9/2 (BetVictor)

Recommendations

Middlesborough to win the Championship 7/1 William Hill

Fulham to win promotion 9/1 Skybet

Ross McCormack top Division Scorer 16/1 each way Coral (each way 1/4 1,2,3,4)