Championship promotion odds: Leeds, Nottingham Forest, West Brom all contenders

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The EFL fixture list has been announced, and Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest are amongst the bookies' promotion contenders.

West Bromwich Albion's caretaker manager Darren Moore gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St...

The new Championship season appears to have moved one giant step closer now that the fixture list has been announced. There are some extremely exciting matches over the opening weekend, with West Brom taking on Bolton, Swansea facing Sheffield United and Stoke travelling to Leeds. 

Of course, every side plays each other twice, but the fixtures announcement perhaps makes it slightly easier to predict who may be in promotion contention and amongst the relegation mix depending on things like who appears to have the easiest game on the final day, who has the shortest journey on Boxing Day, and how many tricky midweek games are ahead for each side.

Three teams face Tuesday night trips to Stoke as things stand. 

So what do the bookmakers make of each side's promotion odds? Sky Bet believe that Gary Rowett's Potters are the favourites to make their second tier stay a brief one, with Stoke at 7/4 to go up. Fellow newbies West Brom sit just behind at 5/2 while Swansea are the joint third favourites at 3/1 alongside Tony Pulis' Middlesbrough.

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Despite registering a bottom-half finish last season, Leeds are the fifth favourites for promotion at 7/2. The arrival of Marcelo Bielsa surely has the potential to go either way. It could prove to be the latest disastrous appointment from the Whites or perhaps it may be a masterstroke that leads to their 15-year top flight exile coming to an end.

Brentford, Frank Lampard's Derby and Nottingham Forest are at 9/2, marginally ahead of last season's play-off finalists Aston Vila at 5/1. What happens with the club's financial situation and Jack Grealish's future will surely have an impact on whether the Villans' odds drop or perhaps rise further.

Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United are all at 7/1, ahead of Bristol City (8/1), Preston North End (9/1) and newly-promoted Wigan Athletic (10/1).

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Garry Monk's Birmingham City are at 11/1, Hull sit at 12s, while Millwall seem to be given little chance of replicating their remarkable campaign last year as they sit alongside Blackburn and Steve McClaren's QPR at 14/1. 

Reading are at 16/1, while Sky Bet appear to believe that Ipswich Town, Bolton and Rotherham have little chance of finding themselves in the top six mix as they are listed at 28/1, 40/1 and 66/1 respectively. 

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