GIVEN their incredible unbeaten run last season and the fact that they only narrowly missed out on automatic promotion before suffering play-off final heartbreak, it’s perhaps not surprising that bookies think Town have a top chance in League I this season.
Lee Clark’s team are Paddy Power’s 11/2 title favourites, but they can expect a strong challenge from Sheffield Wednesday, who are 7.0 (6/1) via Betdaq to clinch top spot despite what has to go down as a disappointing campaign last time around.
Relegated Preston come next in the betting at 7/1 with Sportingbet while Charlton are 15/2 (Stan James).
Sheffield United, another to drop down from the Championship, are 9/1 with Victor Chandler, although new boss Danny Wilson has his work cut out at Bramall Lane, where his budget isn’t huge and he doesn’t exactly enjoy the total backing of fans having previously managed rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
After coming so close to promotion, Lee Clark’s charges are 13/8 with bet365 to achieve that aim, the same odds as Ladbrokes quote for Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Town striker Jordan Rhodes is tipped to enjoy a fruitful season and he’s among the favourites, at 9/1 with Betfred, to be League I’s top scorer.Lee Novak and Danny Ward are both 40/1 at Totesport.
Meanwhile, as huge title fancies, Town start from scratch in the handicaps, where Boylesports rate them at 20/1.
l Odds by www.betrescue.com.