The race for promotion out of the Championship and into the money-spinning heavens of the Premier League is set to heat up next month when the January transfer window opens, with most managers looking to strengthen their squads ahead of the final push.
The Christmas period is always a fascinating time in England’s second tier for football betting fans, where five fixtures in the space of three weeks producing a real sense of how the table will lie come May.
Indeed, post Christmas, club bosses will assess their team’s fares, their triumphs and shortcomings, and eagerly anticipate the transfer window in the new year. Two clubs that could benefit greatly from the January buying and selling period are Leeds United and Millwall – both of whom are eyeing up a playoff place this season.
Leeds fans, especially, should see some major investments to their playing staff after the takeover of new owners GFH Capital was recently completed. The company have promised cash funds for manager Neil Warnock, whose side’s odds of 8.00 with the likes of bet365 Australia to be promoted will fall once new faces arrive at Elland Road.
They are expected to bring in a competent centre-half, another midfield option to cover for the injured Rudolph Austin and, importantly, secure the long-term services of in-form striker El Hadji Diouf.
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett, meanwhile, will be hoping his side’s great form this season will convince the board to release funds this winter. The Lions last tasted top-flight action in 1989/90 and, after falling to the depths of League One in for four years, have redefined themselves under Jackett’s rule and currently sit outside the Championship playoffs on goal difference.
They should keep hold of top scorers Chris Wood and Darius Henderson, who have formed a formidable strike force with Andy Keogh also an attacking option. Millwall are currently 11.00 to achieve promotion for the first time in two decades and, if Jackett can add more faces come January, their odds should shorten towards the end of spring.