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Championship Betting Tips

Our Championship betting tips and predictions page is where we look to help you capitalise from your bets on the EFL Championship. We'll discuss the value of bets in the form of accumulators, there will sometimes be strong single selections too.

Whilst it is not one of the elite leagues in Europe, the standard of football in the Championship has increased significantly in recent years. It also more than matches the drama of other leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A and there are just as many betting opportunities too.

Whether it is betting on the full-time result, number of goals in a match, both teams to score or goalscorers, everything to do with betting on the EFL Championship will be covered on this page. It will be updated as frequently as possible and in plenty of time, giving you the chance to capitalise on any odds which may shorten before the event. Each bet on our site is thoroughly researched by our experts, and we will provide comprehensive reasoning behind each selection.

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Betting on the Championship

One of the most intriguing things about the Championship is its unpredictability, which can be both a positive and a negative in terms of betting. On the one hand, making a correct prediction can be difficult given that all of the teams are capable of beating each other on any given day. For example, in the 2018/19 season a Wigan Athletic team who sat 21st in the league table and with just one away win all season somehow managed to beat second placed Leeds United at Elland Road from a goal down and with 10 men for 80 minutes.

On the other hand, however, because the league is so unpredictable it often means that there are good odds available when betting, particularly on the match winner market. It is rare in the Championship to see anyone with odds of shorter than 1/3 to win a match, and more often than not favourites tend to be closer to a price of evens (1/1).

Due to the nature of every team believing that they can win in the Championship, that often means that games see plenty of goals which means betting on the over 2.5 goals market or BTTS market is appealing. Indeed, in the 2018/19 season the average percentage of games where both teams score was 53.99%, showing that statistically it happens more often than not.

Of the teams who played in the Championship last season and will once again participate in the 2019/20 campaign, statistically it was West Bromwich Albion who’s matches saw both teams to score happen the most with 67.39%. They were followed by Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday, all of whom saw 58.7% of their matches finish with BTTS.

If you haven't bet on the Championship before then it could be worth using a free bet to get started. Alternatively, to find out more about the bookie sign up offers we have then read our bookmaker offers pages for a run down on all you need to know about them.

History of the Championship

Formerly known as the old Football League First Division, the second tier of English football was rebranded ahead of the 2004/05 season and became known as the Football League Championship. The division contains 24 teams each season, with two gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League, four qualifying for the end of season play-offs (the winner of which will then be promoted alongside the top two) and three clubs suffering relegation to League One.

The Championship is the seventh richest division in European football, and also the wealthiest non-top flight league. Average match attendances are up at 20,130 which ranks it second as the most-watched second tier league in Europe. As of 2019, both Derby County and Nottingham Forest are the clubs who have had the longest tenure in the division, with both Midlands clubs having played in the Championship 11 straight seasons and heading into a 12th.

Winners of the Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy, which is actually the same trophy that was given to the old First Division winners prior to the formation of the Premier League. In terms of the most successful teams in the Championship, four clubs have managed to win the division two times each; Sunderland, Newcastle United, Wolves and Reading.

2018/19 Championship season

The most recent season of the Sky Bet Championship was as exciting as ever, ultimately concluding with Norwich City winning the title ahead of Sheffield United who were promoted in second place. It was a thrilling race for automatic promotion with the Canaries and the Blades battling alongside a Leeds United side led by former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa. In the end Leeds just fell short due to some bad results in the last few weeks of the campaign.

Both Norwich and Sheffield United will now play in the Premier League last season, with Daniel Farke and Chris Wilder set for their first campaigns as managers at the top level.

Leeds United, West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby County contested the play-offs, which were just as exciting as the regular season. In the first semi-final Leeds took on a Derby side managed by Frank Lampard, which had an extra edge due to the ‘Spygate’ saga. The Whites became the first club in history to lose a play-off tie having won the first leg away from home, surrendering a 1-0 lead to lose 4-3 on aggregate.

Aston Villa beat West Brom in the second semi-final, with the Villans ultimately winning a penalty shoot-out after the aggregate score line finished 2-2. Dean Smith’s side then went on to beat Derby in the play-off final at Wembley, with goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn helping to secure a 2-1 full-time result.

At the bottom end of the league table, Ipswich Town finished in 24th place after a dismal season which was them win just five of their 46 matches. That means that they were relegated to League One, with Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham United joining them in the third-tier next season.

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