The bookies are never slow to take your money and they have already marked up prices for Sunderland to finish up as champions next season, as well as odds on them keeping on going into League One.
Amusingly, the bookies believe it is more likely that the Mackems will be relegated for a second season in a row, than end up top of the Championship next (2017/18) season.
Looking at it from a purely hard-nosed business point of view, the bookmakers have given odds of only 10/1 on Sunderland being in League One in time for the 2018/19 season.
With the club in disarray and the team one of the worst seen in the Premier League for some time, little wonder relegation is seen as a live possibility.
With no/very little money to spend and only Jordan Pickford likely to attract a decent transfer fee, the outlook is bleak for the Wearsiders.
There are two teams still to be priced up, with either Bradford or Millwall being promoted tomorrow (Saturday 20 May) at Wembley, then Monday 29 May seeing Reading v Huddersfield fight to get into the Premier League.
To finish as champions next season in the second tier, Villa are the 8/1 favourites, with Fulham 9/1 second favourites after their late run this past season ended in play-off disappointment.
The likes of Norwich, Boro and Derby are all shorter prices as well than the 14/1 you can get on Sunderland bouncing back to the Premier League as champions.
Ominously for David Moyes’ team, they are rated to have the same chance/odds as Wolves who could only manage 15th in the 2016/17 Championship, a measly seven points above the relegation zone.
Best available odds to finish top of 2017/18 Championship:
8/1 Aston Villa
Best available odds to be relegated to League One from 2017/18 Championship:
13/2 Sheffield United