We suppose it’s the Rafa Benitez effect, but once the former Real Madrid manager agreed to stay on Tyneside for next season, Newcastle’s odds of being promoted and the odds of winning the Championship outright both shortened significantly.
On SkyBet Newcastle are 4/6 odds on to get promoted with Aston Villa and Norwich next at 100/30.
So the three relegated clubs are favorites to get immediately promoted – so much for it being difficult to get out of the Championship that we keep hearing about.
A confident looking Rafa Benitez
To win the Championship outright Newcastle are 9/4 favorites with Aston Villa and Norwich next in line at 9/1.
Betting website Oddschecker has this to say on Newcastle:
“The Rafa Benitez affect has seen the odds for Newcastle winning the Championship drop from 9-2 to 5-2 to become the shortest pre-season Championship favorites ever.”
While this may look too short, Benitez’s management experience is a cut above the rest and the players at his disposal will be of a similar ilk.”
“Our users obviously think the same as Newcastle to win the Championship is one of our most popular bets today and almost certainly will be going forward.”
But we cannot be over-confident either – and we’re sure Rafa will not allow that to happen – he’s too experienced and too professional for that.
And if any player doesn’t give 100% either in training or during a game, they will be dropped.
Newcastle cannot afford any mistakes in this coming season and it’s a very important season for us – there’s no doubt about that.
We can afford to stay down for one season but not for two.