Betting on English Championship Football
The English Championship, formed out of the old English League 1, is the second tier of professional football in England (and Wales – there are two Welsh clubs currently in the division in the form of Swansea City and Cardiff City). There are 24 teams in the division, and each team plays the other 23 on a home and away round-robin basis for a total of a long, 46-game season which sees teams playing almost twice a week for the entire campaign. The English Championship season really is a marathon of physical and mental endurance, and is one of the many reasons why Championship betting odds at the start of the season are often wide of the mark when the season comes down to its denouement in May.
The top two teams at the end of the league campaign are promoted, while the next four teams enter a playoff tournament – 3rd plays 6th and 4th plays 5th in home and away encounters before a showpiece final is played at Wembley Stadium to decide the third and final team to be promoted. This is often talked about at the game in football with the most prestigious prize from a pure monetary perspective – promotion to the cash-rich English Premier League really is worth that much money (more than £100m in most estimates, which is far more than the winners of the UEFA Champions League win, for example).
The bottom three clubs at the end of the season are relegated to the English League 1. The fact that the team who are favourites to go down are available at as short odds as 50/1 to get promoted shows the nature of the competition in this league, as well as the nature of Championship title and relegation betting odds.
English Championship Football Odds
Championship football odds tend to reflect the division well – an almost lottery. That is the fun but also the frustration of this league: that on any given day, any team can and usually does beat any other team. Betting odds will always reflect this almost random nature of proceedings in the division. For example, at the start of the 2018/19 season, eventual champions Norwich City were the tenth favourites to get promoted, but the odds were still only 7/1. The second side to go up, Sheffield United, were thirteenth favourites, but still only at odds of 8/1 t the commencement of the campaign.
It seems predicting who will get relegated is a much simpler task in the English Championship: the three teams with the longest odds to secure promotion at the start of the completed 2018/19 season – Ipswich (25/1), Rotherham (80/1) and Bolton (80/1) – all ended up getting relegated. Championship relegation odds seem much more indicative of the real situation than the Championship promotion betting odds.
Looking at goals, the division does not display a particularly high average number of goals per game or a high percentage of games featuring more ta three goals – both are on par with the global average. Once again, it is the fact that outsiders win a lot of matches that really stands out on the league. Who are the outsiders? That is the question you really need to ask!
English Championship Title Odds for 2019-20
Every season, the English Championship proves to be one of the most difficult leagues in which to predict who will win the competition, and this seems no clearer for the 2019/20 season. As usual for Championship title odds, the relegated teams from the Premier League feature heavily at the front of the queue – this season sees Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Cardiff re-join a division that all have been in in the last three years. However, all three of these teams would not be traditional behemoths of English football, and all had poor seasons in 2018/19 (as their relegation would suggest, but performances were worse than expectations on the case of Huddersfield and Fulham in particular). Of those three, Fulham look the best equipped to climb back out of the second tier, despite a rookie manager in Scott Parker, and can be backed at betting odds reflecting their status as second favourites, behind Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United, who were unlucky to miss out in 2018/19. Stoke are fifth favourites at in the Championship title betting odds, behind West Bromwich Albion come next.
Other teams to look at would be teams who got to the playoffs in the previous season, but failed to make it up to the Premier League. Derby County were the unlucky club to miss out in the Playoff Final in May 2019, but much depends on whether they can hang on to coach Frank Lampard. The Rams have also lost their two best players in Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, who were on loan from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. West Brom are the other team who missed out in the end-of-season deciders, and will be buoyed by the appointment of ex West Ham and Croatia head coach Slaven Bili? as new boss.
Yet this is the Championship, and so an outsider will always come to the fore. Looking at Championship title odds in any given season, 50/1 is usually about the longest odds of any team, displaying the almost unrivalled competitive nature of the division.
English Championship Football History
The English Championship, formerly League 1, and before that, the old Second Division, is a league which contains some grand old names of English, and even European football. In fact, in 2016, the league made history by becoming the first in the world to feature a match between two clubs who had won a continental competition when Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, both former winners of the UEFA European Cup, met in a league encounter. That is quite some pedigree.
Other big names of English football include Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers, the latter one of only 6 teams to date to win the English Premier League in its 27-year history up until 2019. The pedigree of some of the teams in the English Championship combined with the prize on offer to the three clubs who are promoted at the end of the season make betting on the Championship incredibly popular, and Championship title odds are constantly displayed by bookmakers and TV companies due to the interest of the public.
In it's recent history, the Championship has attracted some big name managers and players to its competition – Marcelo Bielsa, ex-Argentina and Chile head coach, is currently coach of Leeds United as of June 2019 - while the competition can be viewed on television in countries across the globe. Average attendances at matches in the Championship rival and in some places surpass top-flight attendances in many other football countries. In fact, in 2018/19, the league had the third highest accumulative attendance figures in Europe (more than 11 million), behind only the Premier League and the Bundesliga.
This is a division with history, competition, big name payers and vociferous support – it's not hard to see why betting on Championship football is as popular as watching it.
England is the home of footballing betting, and doing so has never been easier. Since the formation of the the top English league in 1992, football betting has exploded onto the scene, dominating advertising and sponsorships in the modern game.
A lot of betting sites including William Hill, Ladbrokes and Betfred are English, so English football odds will likely be the first thing you see on their website. There's also a host of databases and statistics on English football for you to study, being the most watched League in the world with an audience of 4.7 billion.
Once you've done your research on the fixtures, you're ready to build your English football coupon. Naturally, you'll want to get the best price on your bets, so be sure to make use of our extensive odds checker, which will scan the market to get you the best price in the games you want.
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With the popularity of footballing betting in the UK, it means there are hundreds of markets and coupons for you to place a bet on. As we all know, the Premier League can spring up a lot of surprises, so 1X2 match outright betting will often draw the most volume.
There are also the world's best players playing in the top League. You can often predict which players will score in the game, which makes the goal scorers market appealing. Whether it be first goal scorer, last goal scorer or player to score two or more goals, this market is one which attracts a lot of bettors.
With the frequency and volume of football in England, the odds and markets for the sport is always on the move. That's why it's important to check our odds comparison tool when you're building your English football coupon.
ENGLISH FOOTBALL HISTORY
The English have a long and romantic history with football. The game's first-ever rules were crafted in England in 1857 in Sheffield by a couple of guys called William Prest and Nathanial Creswick. These two blokes had no idea that their rules would lay the foundation for the worlds most watched and played sport today.
And no other country in the world had embraced football culture like the British, which is home to 40,000 clubs recognised by the England FA (Football Association) – Brazil is in second with 29,000. England is home to the worlds first football club too, Sheffield FC, the world's oldest Footballing body in the English FA and the worlds oldest knockout tournament, the FA Cup.
England's prestigious footballing history has made it the force that it is today. The Premier League is beloved by billions but so too is the second tier, the Championship. These are the top two leagues in the English Football League, which below the Championship holds Leagues One and Two before then getting into non-league football, which houses thousands upon thousands of teams and players.
No matter what level you're watching though, the passion and the stakes are high. You can even bet on football as low as the sixth tier in England. So now you're in print position to construct your English football coupon, making use of all the stats you can find.
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Match Result – This is the most popular, straightforward bet. It is a simple bet on which team will win the match, or whether it will be a draw after 90 minutes. This is also broken down into match result 1st half and 2nd half, allowing you to bet on a specific half. The full-time 90minutes 1X2 is the 'typical' market you'll see on most punters accumulators.
Both teams to score (BTTS) – This is one of the all-time favourites of regular bettors as it is an outcome that can be studied according to form and statistics. Quite simply the outcome will be 'yes' or 'no'. 'Yes' means that you believe both teams will score in the match, while 'no' means that you believe one, or perhaps both teams will fail to register. This can also be broken down into BTTS first half and BTTS second half.
Total Goals 'Over / Under' – This is another old favourite, and another bet which can be placed more confidently with the study of form and statistics. As it sounds, you are betting on the match featuring over or under a certain number of goals in the match. The options are usually provided as 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 etc so that there is always an outcome, and you may select over or under that number. These options also exist as first half and second half options. A classic example would be including an over 2.5 selection in your accumulator or single bet, this you would win if three or more goals are scored in the match.
Handicap markets (plus Asian handicap) – The handicap markets are popular when you feel that one team has a distinct advantage, as is so often the case in football. Let's use the example of Manchester City vs Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium. Clearly these two teams do not have the same levels of resources, and Manchester City are heavy favourites to win the game. The odds could be as low as 1.10, meaning that if you bet £1, you would only win 10p. One way of making the selection yield higher potential returns is to give one side a handicap. So, for example, you could back Manchester City -2, meaning that the home team would need to win by three clear goals for you to win the bet. Similarly, you could bet Bournemouth +2, meaning that if the away team loses by a solitary goal, then you win. The Asian handicap market is similar, but takes out the equation of the draw, so is a little more complicated to understand.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the types of bets that our odds comparison tool offer. Betting on football entails so many options these days and it is imperative for us to provide coverage of as many of these types of bets as possible. Once again we list the best odds to be found on each outcome, with the very best odds highlighted and starred.
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As well as the ability to consistently find the best odds on an incredibly comprehensive array of football matches around the world, we also provide a host of other information which is informative to your betting. Let us consider exactly what you see when you click on any given event. As an example, we can use a classic English Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea.
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When opening up the event, you will immediately be presented with a list of all the outcomes upon which you can bet on – we are far more than just a provider of football odds comparison on the simple home/draw/away markets, as previously stated. You may bet on goals, handicaps, and any other number of betting outcomes that take you fancy.
We automatically display the best odds on each overview page, but this can be analysed deeper either once a selection is added to the bet slip or each match page.
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We are not just the best odds comparison site for these reasons, there's far more. When looking at the event of your choice, you will also be presented with a number of additional insightful statistics and information which can help to inform your betting selection.
Using Liverpool vs Chelsea once again as an example, under the list of all the markets (and odds) that you can bet on, you will then see statistics pertaining to the teams' last ten games across all competitions (the results of those last ten games are also presented for your convenience).
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What else will you find? We give you head-to-head records encompassing the last three matches (anything beyond that would not be particularly relevant to the outcome) as well as team news and predicted line-ups. Of course, the odds reflect all of this information, but if you see that a team's odds are too good to be true, then you read the team news that we provide and see the predicted line-up, then you can reconcile with those odds. Best odds are not just the highest odds, but the odds that give the fairest reflection of an event occurring. With all of the information we provide, along with our odds comparison and bet finder tools, you can make the most informed decisions.
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