Reading, QPR, Wigan, Nottingham Forest, Leicester and the losers of Watford and Palace are likely to head the betting and whilst it may seem a bit early to have a dabble on Leeds to win the Championship, I will take anything around 14-1 on an each way bet.
The Leeds squad aint great but will get better, with McDermott apparently under no pressure to sell and chasing down five, six or seven new signings. Leeds weren't that far off the pace for much of last season and have the core of a decent squad: Byram is the best young player in the Championship and will be better next season; Podgy Kenny and Warnock Junior offer good experience at the back; Lees shows promise and Peltier is a decent understudy.
In midfield, Green is a decent player but needs more support - this has to be a priority area for McDermott, as does the recruitment of a couple of decent strikers. Can young Poleon emerge as a Championship star next season? It's not impossible and the same applies to Hall.
By Championship standards, McCormack and Hell Hadji are also on the right side of decent, and Morison may yet come good if his confidence is rebuilt in pre season.
Meanwhile, McDermott has a track record of success in the division and will be a breath of fresh air on the training ground after the halitosis of Old Big Gob Warnock. If Leeds can get off to a good start, confidence could surge and, with the passionate fans behind them and the shadow of Master Bates all but removed, Leeds may gather the momentum of a runaway train.