So we are now four games into the season and true to Championship traditions the early form shows an unexpected set of teams making the running and some of those fancied by the bookmakers making sluggish starts.
At the top a revitalised Derby side share a 100% record with newly promoted Southampton with both making flying starts to the new campaign.
They are closely followed by Middlesbrough and Brighton who are unbeaten, whilst Crystal Palace have won three out of four to allay their fans fears of a relegation threatened season.
The sides that were fancied by the bookmakers before the start of the season have not produced fireworks so far with Leicester, Reading and Birmingham in mid table after mixed starts to the season.
The bookmakers will however take some comfort from the bottom of the table with favourites for relegation Doncaster and Coventry propping up the table with just a solitary point between them.
Relegated from the Championship
Two of the relegated sides from the Premiership Blackpool and West Ham have made a decent start to the season with seven points from a possible twelve. Birmingham however are yet to find their rhythm with just one victory.
Promoted from League One
The promoted sides from League One have all made encouraging starts to the season with all three currently positioned within the top six, with two of the three unbeaten.
Southampton have won all four games, Brighton have won three and drawn one whilst Peterbrough have won two, drawn one and lost one game with a 7-1 victory over Ipswich a highlight.