Warnock could work his magic again

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The Championship is in full swing and as always the promotion race appears entirely open with surprise names up there already.

Neil Warnock promised to drag Cardiff into shape after riding into town to save them from relegation last term and has stayed true to his word.

Five wins from five is a remarkable start and having proved himself as a specialist when it comes to taking clubs up, 11/2 for the Bluebirds to finish top appears extremely kind.

Ipswich have also started well and head into the international break with 12 points from their five games. Boss Mick McCarthy has himself admitted his shock at their fine performances to date and despite the current feel-good factor at Portman Road, sustaining their form could prove an issue.

The same can perhaps be said for newly-promoted Sheffield United who still appear to be riding their momentum from last term and are likely drop off in the coming months.

Wolves (11/4 favourites Championship Winner) though are the ones to watch following an extremely exciting summer in the transfer market.

Third-place Leeds (33/10 Promotion) also seem to have kicked on under Thomas Christiansen and their performance on Saturday at Nottingham Forest showed they have not been put off by the departure of Chris Wood.

Former Leeds boss Garry Monk still seems to be finding his way at Middlesbrough and it appears his desire to fit as many of his stars into the side as possible is prohibiting their performances. Monk is a good coach though and with plenty of talent at his disposal, it would be foolish to write them off at 7/1 to finish top.

Aston Villa will also surely come good under Steve Bruce but injuries and exits mean Hull could struggle to compete, despite Leonid Slutsky clearly being an excellent coach.