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With the start of the new Championship season fast approaching, clubs are in the midst of spending obscene amounts of money in a bid to get into the promised land that is the Premier League.

With another season of drama guaranteed, let’s take a look at the top contenders for promotion in the second tier of English football:

Aston Villa

Last season didn’t quite go to plan for the old Villains. Having spent an extreme amount of money in the summer and January markets, on paper, Villa should have been right up there with Newcastle and Brighton.

Roberto Di Matteo’s strange appointment as head coach was largely the reason the Midlands club couldn’t even muster up a challenge for the top six, although Steve Bruce did steady the ship.

With the arrival of Chelsea legend John Terry, as well as the likes of Jonathan Kodjia and Albert Adomah in their ranks, Bruce’s men will arguably be this season’s favourites for the league title.

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