Championship Predictions: EFL Tips
Cardiff City vs Norwich City
The 8/5 outright Championship betting favourites, Norwich travel to out of form Cardiff on Saturday. The Canaries are four points clear atop the second tier despite taking just four points from their last three league outings.
Cardiff are on a poor run with four losses in their last five – they have slipped out of playoff contention.
A porous defence has cost the Welsh club. They haven’t kept a clean sheet since their 5th December clash with Watford, and they face a Norwich side which hasn’t been at their attacking best of late.
The league leaders have scored just two goals in their last three and haven’t scored more than twice in a match since their five-goal thriller with Stoke in November.
Norwich won the reverse fixture 2-0 just before Christmas. A similar outcome is probable here.
Championship tip: Norwich to win and under 2.5 goals at 4/1 is a great bet – home advantage is barely a factor this season.
Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City
The latest football odds tab Stoke City as 13/5 underdogs for their trip to the north west to face a Blackburn side who have just one win in their last four.
The hosts will overtake Stoke with a victory – the Potters have been hit hard by Tyrese Campbell’s injury and risk falling off the top six pace having won just once in their last nine in all competitions.
Stoke beat Blackburn 1-0 when they met just before Christmas. The Potters have scored twice in five matches since then.
Losses to Huddersfield and Doncaster either side of their win over Birmingham were a disappointment for Tony Mowbray, but his side are rightly favoured to beat a depleted Stoke team.
Championship tip: Blackburn to win at Evens looks a fair bet. Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 is a decent option, too.
The Championship is the second highest division in the English football league system after the Premier League and it is often labelled as the toughest league in world football.
Popular with football betting fans around the world, the Championship has a gruelling 46-match schedule that is designed to separate the men from the boys.
Securing promotion to the Premier League is the ultimate objective for the 24 Championship clubs at the start of every campaign but reaching the promised land is easier said than done.
The EFL Championship was founded in 2004 after it was previously known as the Football League First Division.
The winning team is awarded the EFL Championship trophy, which happens to be the same trophy as the old First Division before the Premier League was formed in 1992.
The topic of Championship salaries is always intriguing, especially when the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Fulham have dropped out of the Premier League.
Punters can find the latest Championship betting tips here at 888sport, as well as interesting articles on England’s second tier – including a look at the best Championship teams of all-time.
Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, Derby County and Nottingham Forest hold the longest tenure in the Championship having played in the second tier since 2007/08.
So whether you want to check out the Championship top goal scorers by season or simply browse the Championship betting odds, 888sport is the place to be.
Which Championship teams will feature in our Premier League predictions next season? Only time will tell – the race to secure promotion to the top flight is well and truly on!
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*All of our 888 Experts picks and betting tips can be considered as a suggestion only.*
*Odds correct at the time of writing - subject to change*
*Credit for the main photo belongs to Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo*
FIRST PUBLISHED: 20th December 2020