Leeds are 9/2 favourites in bwin’s Championship winner predictions following the announcement of next season’s EFL fixture lists.
United start out with a visit to Bristol City and will be looking to win on the opening day for a third straight year, having beaten Bolton and then Stoke in previous campaigns.
Fulham are fancied to fare best of the three teams relegated from the Premier League, with the Cottagers quoted at 8/1 ahead of an opening trip to Barnsley.
Cardiff kick off by playing Wigan away and can be backed at 10/1 to top the table at the end of the campaign.
Huddersfield are 14/1 and start out by entertaining Derby, but County are unbeaten on the first weekend of the season for the last 10 years, with five wins and five draws.
The Rams are also 14/1 to be crowned champions after losing out in last term’s play-off final to Aston Villa.
Whoever starts the season as Derby boss will have to hit the ground running, as they face five of the teams expected to push for promotion in their first eight outings.
However, October may bring some respite and the festive fixture list also looks kind, meaning a possible slow start followed by a mid-season improvement.
Early start for Woodgate
Jonathan Woodgate’s managerial debut will be the first match of the 2019-20 EFL campaign, with Middlesbrough travelling to League One champions Luton on Friday August 2.
New Swansea boss Steve Cooper is handed a home opener against Hull, while West Brom begin at Nottingham Forest after hiring Slaven Bilic as their latest manager.
Birmingham, currently managerless following the sacking of Garry Monk, start at Brentford, while League One play-off winners Charlton open at Blackburn.
Reading host Sheffield Wednesday, who could start strongly, as they face five of the Championship’s apparent weakest teams in their first six matches.
However, from mid-February onwards the Owls only have two such games and finish with three back-to-back fixtures against clubs expected to be in the shake-up for promotion.
Preston are at Millwall and QPR travel to Stoke in the other opening matches.
The Potters, who are 12/1 for the title, have the worst recent record in opening games, having not started with a win since 2009, when they beat Burnley.
They have spent much of the time since in the Premier League but have six defeats and three draws, losing five of the last six.
Sam Vokes offers hope, though, as he has netted four times on the opening day of a season.
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