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

9/1 Fulham

10/1 Norwich

10/1 Middlesbrough

12/1 Derby

14/1 Hull

14/1 Wolves

14/1 Sunderland

16/1 Leeds

Best available odds to be relegated to League One from 2017/18 Championship:

15/8 Burton

15/8 Barnsley

3/1 Bolton

3/1 Ipswich

10/3 Preston

9/2 QPR

11/2 Cardiff

13/2 Brentford

13/2 Sheffield United

9/1 Leeds

10/1 Sunderland

  • MagpieG

    A bit bewildered how Leeds can be 9/1 to get relegated and 16/1 (longer price than Wolves) to win it. Too early to judge anyway.

  • Toon fan

    Surely it’s 10/1 to go down not to stay up for the Mackems? Even at this early stage I would put Leeds ahead of Sunderland. Plus Reading or Huddersfield will be ahead of them in the betting too. 😀

  • Paul Busby

    I dont see them doing either. Mid table mediocrity.

  • Geordiegiants

    Leeds to win the championship! We need clubs with proper fans in the premier league!

    • Phil K

      Leeds fans aren’t the world-beating loyal fans they would have everyone else believe. Still a lot better than Villa’s mind…..

  • Taz

    Lets just laugh at Sunderland ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!ha!

  • Albert Stubbins

    each way Leeds looks a good bet at 16/1.

  • Phil K

    Sadly, I think the piss-stained bedsheet Villa scumbags are certainties next year. Maybe not as champions, but they’ll be one of the three going up. No doubt accusing every other team of “buying promotion” while spending double what anyone else has (like this season….)
    And Sheff Wed, Leeds, Fulham will be in the mix.
    Possibly Sheff U, Wolves, the makems and Derby hoping to sneak into the play offs