Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town are among the favourites to secure promotion from League Two and they will be looking to cause an upset against Nottingham Forest, while Preston North End meet a Huddersfield side that cling on to Jordan Rhodes for now.
Oldham Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday
Dave Jones steered the Owls into the Championship at the first time of asking and this is a good test of Wednesday’s credentials when they make the short journey to Boundary Park to face an Oldham side who will be expecting to finish in the middle of League One this season.
Sheffield are likely to be a popular bet at 11/10 (Coral free bets), with Jones having made significant reinforcements over the summer including Chris Kirkland in goal and the highly-rated Joe Mattock from West Brom. In attack, Gary Madine shone last term when arriving from Carlisle and he’s 11/2 (Ladbrokes) to score first.
Oldham will be out to cause an upset, although losing Chris Taylor to Millwall is a big loss and it remains to be seen whether Cliff Byrne is the man to score the goals for the Latics. Even so, they can be backed at a tasty 11/4 to win this contest.
Fleetwood Town v Nottingham Forest
Highbury Stadium will be packed out for this Monday night contest between one of the favourites to win League Two and one of the Championship favourites, although you might struggle to tell which team have just come out of the Blue Square Premier.
Micky Mellon’s team were head and shoulders above anyone else last season, reeling in Wrexham after the Welsh club’s bright start and they will be looking to carry the momentum into the new campaign with odds of 13/5 (Coral free bets) that they claim a famous scalp.
Forest could certainly do without this potential banana skin, with Sean O’Driscoll looking to turn fortunes around at the City Ground after being the surprise selection to replace Steve Cotterill, especially as the former Doncaster manager was relieved of his duties at the Keepmoat nearly a year ago.
Even so, there are some talented players in that Forest squad and some will consider the 5/4 (William Hill free £25 bet) to be too big a price about the visitors based on the fact that two divisions separate the clubs.
Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
To say that Graham Westley has made sweeping changes at Deepdale is an understatement, with the former Stevenage boss essentially clearing out the entire squad and starting afresh, something which might mean the new players take a while to gel.
PNE are 15/8 (Betfred) to beat a side that eventually got themselves promoted from League One last term, with the board removing Lee Clark and replacing with Simon Grayson.
Huddersfield are slight favourites to claim victory although surviving in the Championship is now the target for the Yorkshire club, with Jordan Rhodes still remaining at the Galpharm despite firm interest from Blackburn.