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Bookies back Leeds ahead of Norwich

PUBLISHED: 18:06 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 July 2010

Leeds will be the team Norwich have to beat in League One next season - according to the bookmakers. City and relegated Championship rivals Charlton had been installed as the early front runners for an immediate return but Leeds' failure to reach this season's play-off final sees Simon Grayson's men now installed as outright favourites.

Leeds will be the team Norwich have to beat in League One next season - according to the bookmakers.

City and relegated Championship rivals Charlton had been installed as the early front runners for an immediate return but Leeds' failure to reach this season's play-off final sees Simon Grayson's men now installed as outright favourites.

Skybet have marked up Leeds at 7/2 to win the 2010 League One title with Charlton and the Canaries both 7/1 to be champions, and Milton Keynes Dons 8/1 after their play-off semi-final defeat by Scunthorpe. The other relegated side, Southampton, who start the season with a 10-point deficit after going into administration, are 16/1 to win the title.

The Yorkshire giants can also be backed at odds on (8/11) to finally earn promotion back to the Championship at the third attempt. City are best-priced 9/4 to go back up but newly crowned League One champions Leicester remain the only side in the previous four seasons to plot an instant return to the Championship.

All but two of City's 23 league opponents next season are now known. The list will be completed by the losers of the Millwall versus Scunthorpe League One play-off final and the winners of the Gillingham versus Shrewsbury League Two play-off final this weekend at Wembley.

Fixtures for 2009/10 season will be released on Wednesday, June 17, with the season starting on Saturday, August 8.

Carling Cup first round matches will be played in the week starting Monday, August 10.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy gets under way with first round games in the week starting Monday, August 31. The final is at Wembley on Sunday, March 28. The League One season ends on Saturday, May 8, with the League One play-off final on Saturday, May 29.

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