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Friday 3rd August 2018

Ladbrokes Championship

Ladbrokes Championship preview

The second tier looks even more competitive this season...

Alloa Athletic
Manager: Jim Goodwin
Last season: 3rd in League 1
Ladbrokes title odds: 80/1
Opening games: Ross County (A), Morton (H)
Signings: Alan Trouten (Albion Rovers), David Galt (Queen's Park), Adam Brown (Airdrieonians), Greig Spence (Raith Rovers), Jake Hastie (Motherwell, loan), Liam Dick (Dumbarton), Zdravko Karadachki (Edinburgh City), Chris Henry (St Mirren), Ahmed Aloulou (unattached)

Ayr United
Manager: Ian McCall
Last season: 1st in League 1
Ladbrokes title odds: 50/1
Opening games: Partick Thistle (H), Inverness CT (A)
Signings: Daniel Harvie (Aberdeen), Andy Murdoch (Morton), Ross Doohan (Celtic, loan)

Dundee United
Manager: Csaba Laszlo
Last season: 3rd in Championship
Ladbrokes title odds: 7/2
Opening games: Dunfermline Athletic (H), Queen of the South (A)
Signings: Nicky Clark (Dunfermline Athletic), Callum Booth (Partick Thistle), Sam Wardrop (Celtic), Craig Curran (Ross County), Fraser Aird (Dunfermline Athletic), Frederic Frans (Lierse), Matej Rakovan (Vysocina Jihlava), Benjamin Siegrist (Vaduz), Christoph Rabitsch (Wolfsberger), Adam Barton (Partick Thistle), Paul Watson (Falkirk), Yannick Loemba (Adana Demirspor)

Dunfermline Athletic
Manager: Allan Johnston
Last season: 4th in Championship
Ladbrokes title odds: 10/1
Opening games: Dundee United (A), Ross County (H)
Signings: Tom Beadling (Sunderland), Louis Longridge (Falkirk), Jackson Longridge (Livingston), Danny Devine (Partick Thistle), Mark Durnan (Dundee United), Joe Thomson (Celtic), Aidan Connolly (York City), James Vincent (Dundee, loan), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee, loan), Myles Hippolyte (St Mirren)

Falkirk
Manager: Paul Hartley
Last season: 8th in Championship
Ladbrokes title odds: 10/1 
Opening games: Inverness CT (H), Partick Thistle (A)
Signings: Tom Dallison (Brighton & Hove Albion), Patrick Brough (Morecambe), Dennon Lewis (Watford), Leo Fasan (Kilmarnock), Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United), Tom Owen-Evans (Newport County), Ruben Sammut (Chelsea, loan), Dimitris Froxylias (Dumbarton), Deimantas Petravicius (Motherwell), Paul Paton (Plymouth Argyle), Dan Turner (Port Vale, loan), Dylan Mackin (Livingston), Rees Greenwood (Gateshead), Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian, loan)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Manager: John Robertson
Last season: 5th in Championship
Ladbrokes title odds: 7/1
Opening games: Falkirk (A), Ayr United (H)
Signings: Shaun Rooney (Queen of the South), Angus Beith (Heart of Midlothian), Tom Walsh (Dumbarton), Jordan White (Barrow), Jamie McCart (Celtic), Sean Welsh (Falkirk)

Morton
Manager: Ray McKinnon
Last season: 7th in Championship
Ladbrokes title odds: 20/1
Opening games: Queen of the South (H), Alloa Athletic (A)
Signings: Chris Millar (St Johnstone), Gregor Buchanan (Livingston), Charlie Telfer (Almere City), Jim McAlister (Blackpool), Ross MacLean (Motherwell, loan), Ryan Scully (Partick Thistle), Denny Johnstone (Colchester United), Kerr Waddell (Dundee, loan), Reghan Tumilty (Ross County), Connor Bell (Inverness Caledonian Thistle), Kyle Thomson (Loyola Ramblers), Rory McKeown (Warrington Town)

Partick Thistle
Manager: Alan Archibald
Last season: 11th in Premiership
Ladbrokes title odds: 7/2
Opening games: Ayr United (A), Falkirk (H)
Signings: Thomas O'Ware (Morton), Cammy Bell (Hibernian), Sean McGinty (Torquay United), Aaron Lennox (Raith Rovers), Jack Storer (Birmingham City), Shea Gordon (Motherwell, loan), Craig Slater (Colchester United), Max Melbourne (West Brom, loan)

Queen of the South
Manager: Gary Naysmith
Last season: 6th in Championship
Ladbrokes title odds: 20/1
Opening games: Morton (A), Dundee United (H)
Signings: Gary Harkins (Morton), Josh Todd (St Mirren), Dean Watson (Carlisle United), Callum Semple (Sheffield United, loan), Michael Doyle (Morton)

Ross County
Co-managers: Stuart Kettlewell and Steven Ferguson
Last season: 12th in Premiership
Ladbrokes title odds: 2/1
Opening games: Alloa Athletic (H), Dunfermline Athletic (A)
Signings: Iain Vigurs (Inverness Caley Thistle), Josh Mullin (Livingston), Jamie Lindsay (Celtic), Declan McManus (Dunfermline Athletic), Harry Paton (Heart of Midlothian), Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic), Keith Watson (St Johnstone), Stelios Demetriou (St Mirren), Brian Graham (Cheltenham Town)