Fans of the EFL Championship will be looking ahead to next year and who could win the 2019/20 Championship title. Here's our take on the dark horses that might surprise us all.

There is no doubt the 2018/19 race for the Championship title was both thrilling and dramatic. With Leeds United looking sure to bag it at one point, their tragic late stumble saw Norwich win the league instead. While the football action has ended domestically for now, already fans of the Championship will be looking ahead to next year and who could win the 2019/20 Championship title.

The three teams relegated from the Premiership in the previous season are always fancied, so Huddersfield, Fulham, and Cardiff City will be worth keeping an eye on. Teams like Leeds and Derby County who had strong seasons last year will also be in the mix. But which teams are the dark horses that might surprise us all?


One team that had a solid enough 2018/19 and seem well set to make a tilt for the title are Boro. New Jersey sports betting sites currently peg them around 9th in the overall betting at 16/1. It is a similar story around other online sportsbooks. The players will be keen to not only impress a new manager now that Tony Pulis has left but also erase the memory of last year’s poor finish which ended their playoff hopes. If the nucleus of Pulis’s side can be kept together and defensive solidity and stronger attacking instincts are shown by players, it could be a good year for Boro fans.

Stoke City

For Stoke fans, the season of 2018/19 was one to forget. Before a ball was kicked, they were heavily fancied to make an instant return to the Premier League. That did not work out as planned though and in the end manager Gary Rowett paid the price. Although new manager Nathan Jones didn’t immediately improve things, many think a few new faces over the summer and a clear-out of underperforming players will make a real difference. Jones certainly has the managerial skills to get Stoke challenging for the title and everyone around the club will be desperate to move back into the Premier League. At odds of around 11/1, they are not out of it yet.

Sheffield Wednesday

With promotion guru Steve Bruce in charge, Wednesday could well be dark horses for next year’s Championship trophy. Although they finished 12th last time around, a successful summer in the transfer market to refresh the squad could be all Bruce needs to work his magic. They are currently being given odds of around 14/1 which shows they are not that far down the betting. The strong start made under Bruce’s reign in 2018/19 gives them the perfect platform to build from for next season.

What about Barnsley?!

It would be amazing to think that Barnsley could bag the Championship title in their first season back next year. With Daniel Stendel in charge and a feel-good factor around the club, anything is possible. However, it does seem that the team will have a season establishing themselves again before pushing for this. The 2019/20 Championship is sure to be another exciting one and, like Norwich last year could be won by a team outside of the betting favourites.
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