We had an article out earlier today where Coral’s Dave Stevens was on talkSPORT talking about the Championship and who were favorites to go up after 11 games played.
It so happens that both Newcastle (3/10) and Norwich City (4/6) – two of the relegated sides from last season – were both odds-on favorites to be promoted with Newcastle the favorite to win the Championship outright at 5/4.
SkyBet seem to agree with Coral and have installed Newcastle (1/4) and Norwich (1/2) as odds-on favorites to win promotion with Brighton (5/4) and Huddersfield (7/2) next in line in the voting.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
As far as winning the Championship Newcastle are at evens (1/1) on SkyBet with Norwich at 5/2, Brighton at 6/1 and Huddersfield at 16/1.
Seems like Huddersfield are not convincing the betting companies even though they have made a great start to the season under new American manager David Wagner.
Aston Villa have made a poor start to the season and as for being promoted Villa are 13/2 on Coral and 15/2 on SkyBet – and for winning the Championship outright they are 66/1 on Sky Bet and 40/1 on SkyBet.
It could now be a challenge for Villa to be promoted, but certainly by no means impossible – especially if Geordie Steve Bruce gets the vacant manager job.
It’s always interesting to read non-Newcastle blog and journalists point out that we have spent all that money in the summer, so we should get promoted.
That’s nonsense, we made a profit of £30M on the summer transfer market and lost our four highest profile players in Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum. Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko.
As Rafa has pointed out it’s the net spend that’s important because that’s the actual amount spent on players once the players we have sold are taken into account.
So how much did we really spend this summer – minus 30 million pounds – written out in plain English.
It was some magical deal-making in the summer transfer market by manager Rafa Benitez and Managing Director Lee Charnley as we made a profit of £30M, significantly reduced the wage bill and ended up with a stronger squad.
That almost seems to be against the conservation of energy somehow …..