The Sky Bet Championship season gets underway on Friday night as recently-relegated Sunderland take on Derby County, while Millwall travel to Nottingham Forest.

The second tier of English football is a relentless beast, with teams taking on 46 games, and facing long spells on the motorway as they battle with a hectic fixture list consisting of repeated runs of Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday matches, meaning their is little room to pause for breath.

But what are you expecting from the season?

Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have been touted as the clear favourites for automatic promotion, while Burton Albion, Barnsley and Bolton are among the favourites for the drop. Brentford new boy reveals the key to a successful season

And what about our West London teams? Will Fulham be able to go one step further and secure promotion? Can Brentford push forward and sneak into a play-off spot, and could QPR be one of the season's surprise packages?

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Brentford new boy reveals the key to a successful season

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