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Championship Betting Odds
The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in the world of football with big names at both the top and bottom of the table. Norwich City won last year's competition with a whopping 97 points. However, this year the likes of Bournemouth, West Brom and Fulham are all vying for the Championship title this season. Who will be victorious? Check out our betting odds and see who the favourites are today.
Best Championship Betting Markets
When looking at the English Championship, there are a number of key battles across the season that mean so much to teams. In world football, very few leagues have a match as big the final of the play offs with one game being the difference between over an extra 100 million in the bank, this could see teams have a dramatic rise through the leagues or an even more dramatic decline down the leagues. Here are some of the best betting markets to find the best Championship betting odds:
Championship Winner Odds
When looking for Championship odds, you'll find that the biggest betting market is the outright winner of the competition. At the start of the campaign, the three teams who were relegated from the top flight will be heavily favoured to go back up and you'll find for their opening games they've be heavily favoured in the correct score or double chance market. However, we've seen in recent years from the likes of Sunderland, Stoke City and Huddersfield that being relegated in previous years provides an unfitting major alteration in regards to Championship betting odds, they were both regarded as favourites to go back up and ended up struggling at the other end of the table. This bet will only allow one team to pay-out, so we recommend looking at the Championship promotion odds rather than the winner odds as these Championship odds may be smaller but they will have bigger chances of victory.
Championship Promotion Odds
Similar to when betting on the Winner, when betting on the teams who will be promoted to the "promised land" known as the Premier League, we recommend that bettors aren't fooled by the fact that teams were in the top tier last season. Championship bets on promotion have to take into consideration their current squads, their adaptability to playing more games in less time, no team will be promoted automatically, they have to earn it and it is clear that on some occasions, teams believe that a match result is set-in-stone and they end up being humbled. It is worth waiting until a few games have passed before looking for Championship odds.
Championship Relegation Odds
When looking for Championship odds for relegation, it is worth looking at the summer transfer window for the season. In the Championship, relegation is difficult to avoid with a number of injuries taking a team from play-off contenders to relegation candidates, the league is very closely combatted and a couple of injuries to a squad with poor depth can be the difference between staying up and relegation, so if you're looking at teams to be relegated for your Championship odds, look no further than teams with low squad depth as their high odds could very quickly decline.
Outright Championship Betting Markets
Outright Winner - This bet covers who will win the Championship this season.
Top Goalscorer - This bet covers who will be the top goalscorer in the division. Does not include cup games etc;
Relegation Markets - This bet covers if a team will be included in the three relegated teams at the end of the season.
General Team Markets - These bets are based on finishing positions for individual teams.
Best Promoted/Relegated - This bet covers the three teams that got promoted from League one and the three teams that got relegated from the Premier League.
Region-Based Bets - These bets will cover who the best team will be in each region, such as Lancashire, Midlands etc;.
Next manager to leave - This bet covers managers who are likely to leave their clubs in the near future.
Championship Betting for 2022/23
If you're looking to place a bet on the Championship, you can do exactly that at Bet UK. However, the Championship is notorious for being one of the most difficult leagues to predict in the world from game to game, at the start of the 2021/2022 season, many would have predicted Fulham and Bournemouth's promotion. However, very few would have predicted Luton Town being in the play-off picture, Derby County coming close to avoiding relegation despite a 21 point deduction or even Nottingham Forest finishing third after picking up just one point from their first seven games. This is what makes the Championship one of the best leagues in the world, the unpredictability of the league has seen Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Brentford reach the Premier League when 10 years prior to their success, they were closer to the National League than the Premier League.
On the relegation side, things are a little more predictable with many pre-season favourites failing to avoid relegation. However, we do often see a surprise relegation. One that immediately springs to mind is Sunderland who were relegated to League 1 in 2016/17 despite being 3rd in the online betting markets for promotion at the start of the season.
Championship betting FAQs
Who have won the Championship the most?
Newcastle United, Norwich City, Reading, Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all won the EFL Championship twice. Norwich, Reading and Sunderland all have the chance to win the competition for a third time this season.
Which teams have been relegated the most from the Championship?
Rotherham United have been relegated the most from the division with four relegations since the 2004 change to 'the Championship'. They were recently promoted back into the league, so the chance for a fifth relegation is one that Rotherham will look to avoid.
Who has scored the most goals in a single Championship season?
Aleksandar Mitrovic had one of the greatest seasons in Championship history getting 43 goals in a single season back in 2021/22. This achievement is so fantastic because only two other players in history had scored over 30 goals, Ivan Toney in 2020/21 and Glenn Murray in 2012/13.
How many teams have been relegated in their only Championship season?
A phenomenon that is very common in the English leagues is the relegation of newly promoted teams. In the Championship, five teams have been relegated in their only season, they are: Gillingham, MK Dons, Southend, Yeovil and Wycombe Wanderers.
How many teams have been promoted in all of their Championship seasons?
West Ham United and Newcastle United have been promoted immediately after their two relegations. West Ham have finished in 6th and 1st while Newcastle have finished first in both of their Championship seasons. Sunderland are another team who have never spent more than one season in the Championship at a time with two promotions and one relegation. Could that change this season? Can Sunderland get promoted to the Premier League once again? Or will they drop back down to the third tier of English Football?
How many teams have been in the Championship for the most seasons?
Both Cardiff City and Derby County have spent 17 seasons in the Championship since 2004. Derby's relegation last season stopped them from holding the record with Cardiff tieing them this season. Both teams have spent just two seasons outside of the Championship since 2004.
|Season||Champions||Runners Up||Play-Off Winner|
|2021/22||Fulham (90 pts)||Bournemouth (88 pts)||Nottingham Forest (4th - 80 pts)|
|2020/21||Norwich (97 pts)||Watford (94 pts)||Brentford (3rd - 87 pts)|
|2019/20||Leeds (93 pts)||West Brom (83 pts)||Fulham (4th - 81 pts)|
|2018/19||Norwich (94 pts)||Sheffield United (89 pts)||Aston Villa (5th - 76 pts)|
|2017/18||Wolves (99 pts)||Cardiff (90 pts)||Fulham (3rd - 88 pts)|
|2016/17||Newcastle United (94 pts)||Brighton (93 pts)||Huddersfield (5th - 81 pts)|
|2015/16||Burnley (93 pts)||Middlesbrough (89 pts)||Hull (4th - 83 pts)|
|2014/15||Bournemouth (90 pts)||Watford (89 pts)||Norwich (3rd - 84 pts)|
|2013/14||Leicester (103 pts)||Burnley (93 pts)||QPR (4th - 80 pts)|
|2012/13||Cardiff (87 pts)||Hull (79 pts)||Crystal Palace (5th - 72 pts)|
|2011/12||Reading (89 pts)||Southampton (88 pts)||West Ham (3rd - 86 pts)|
During this period, only one side have won the Championship on multiple occasions and that is Norwich City who won the Championship in 2018/19 and 2020/21, those campaigns were separated by a dismal performance in the Premier League. 12 of the 20 teams in the Premier League have been promoted from the Championship in the last ten years. Leicester are the only side who have gone on to win the Premier League but are joined by West Ham and Southampton as teams who have come up from the Championship and have been entered into a European Competition such as the Europa League.
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