Coca Cola Championship 2005/06 Betting preview:
The new season is fast approaching, but there remains plenty of time for transfer movement over coming weeks and that will be a key factor in betting for Championship.
The three teams that were relegated from Premiership head market, where they are joined by Wolves (13/2), who had an outstanding run over second half of last season.
Southampton (6/1) and Crystal Palace (13/2) should each be expected to make a strong bid for title but I believe Norwich, who are a touch longer than other market leaders at 7/1, are best equipped to bounce straight back to top flight as champions.
Relegated teams do not always adjust straight away to Championship, particularly if they are forced to sell key players and that is likely to happen to both Saints and Palace and, like West Ham before them, I can see them scrapping for play-off places.
Southampton have already lost Kevin Phillips and Jamie Redknapp, while Peter Crouch is subject of strong interest from several Premiership clubs. Similarly, it will be a surprise if Palace keep hold of Andy Johnson.
Norwich, on other hand, look set to retain key men who will make a significant difference to their prospects.
Dean Ashton scored 20 goals in 24 league games last season for Crewe at this level and then prospered in his five months in Premiership with Canaries.
He should guarantee them 20 goals, while Darren Huckerby will once again be a real menace, as he was when he inspired City to title two years ago.
The hard-working Jason Jarrett, signed on a free transfer from Wigan, will be a decent replacement should Damien Francis depart, while Nigel Worthington can call on an experienced defence who have proved themselves to be winners at this level.