Championship Odds & Betting

 

 

Check out all the EFL Championship odds with 888sport. This division is famous for its competitive fixtures, shock results and play-off drama – so let us guide you through the action, and offer you a chance to bet on any one of this season’s dramatic twists and turns.

 

With the chance to join in via a laptop, tablet or mobile, we make it simple to place a wager – even if it’s your first time at the kick-off with Championship betting.

 

Sign up today with 888sport and you’ll also benefit from our great welcome bonus. Deposit, place your first bet of £10 or more, and get £30 in free bets (T&Cs apply).

 

 

How does Championship football betting work?

 

Our extensive Championship betting odds and options give you the chance to tackle English football’s second tier with all the energy of a top centre-back.

 

It’s a wide-open division with a long list of clubs desperate to make it to the Premier League – which makes it all the more fun to try to predict the winners and losers.

 

Championship odds to look out for include:

 

  • Outright winner – Pick the team you think will sit at the top of the tree after a gruelling schedule of fixtures.
  • Promotion – Which three teams will make it to the promised land of the Premier League?
  • Relegation – Who is destined to face the challenge of League One?
  • Top scorer – Who will be the number one nemesis for Championship defenders this season?
  • Best promoted/relegated team – Which of the teams to come up from League One and down from the Premier League will fare best this season?
  • Regional odds – Who will be the top London-based side? Or the best of the North West? Or the pride of Yorkshire?

 

Click the ‘outrights’ tab above to see the odds on all of these bets and more.

 

Betting on Championship fixtures

 

We also offer the latest Championship odds on upcoming fixtures. When betting on individual games you can:

 

  • Bet on the winner – A simple, outright bet on who will emerge victorious.
  • Goals – Will it be a goal-fest? Or a 0-0 draw? Bet on whether there will be over or under two goals scored in the game, whether or not both teams will score, and how many you think each side will bag on the day.
  • Penalties – Reckon the ref will point to the spot? Have your verdict on the likelihood of a spot kick.
  • Half time – If you know a side are strong starters, you can back them to be ahead at the break.
  • Asian handicap – Get odds on Championship promotion contenders to win, even if the opposition get a ‘virtual head start’.

 

Use the ‘live & upcoming’ tab above for up to date odds.

 

 

Championship betting: Facts and trends

 

The Championship has been in existence since 2004, when the previous Division One was rebranded. So what have we learned in that time?

 

Here’s some interesting facts to consider when betting on the Championship:

 

  • A lot rests on the Championship play-off final. The estimated value to the winner can be as much as £170 million in terms of future revenue.
  • Neil Warnock is seen as something as a promotion specialist. He’s enjoyed eight promotions in his managerial career – including taking Sheffield United, QPR and Cardiff from the Championship to the Premier League.
  • The bar for promotion can vary wildly. Newcastle United and Leicester City have both been crowned champions with 102 points, but Tony Mowbray’s West Bromwich Albion won the division with just 81 points in 2007/08. Blackpool secured the lowest points tally of a promoted Championship club ever, getting up through the play-offs with just 70 points in 2009/10.
  • Four teams have been relegated from the Championship having earned more than 50 points. Peterborough even went down with 54 points in 2012/13, in a season in which they scored five more goals than second place Hull City!
  • The team finishing third doesn’t always suffer a play-off hangover. In fact, in 16 seasons the third-placed team has won the play-offs seven times, making it the most common position for a play-off winner. Only two sixth-placed sides have been promoted since 2004.
  • Glenn Murray managed the unique feat of netting 30 goals in one season, blasting Crystal Palace to promotion in 2012/13. David Nugent is the top scorer at this level since 2004, with 121 goals for Preston North End, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Leicester City and Portsmouth.
  • Premier League golden boot rivals Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy both warmed the bench for Leicester City in the Championship at one time. The pair were sitting on the side-lines for the Foxes during a 2013 play-off defeat to Watford.
  • East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County don’t just have former boss Brian Clough in common. They’ve both been competing in the Championship since 2007/08, making them the joint longest-serving current members of the league.

 

 

Latest Championship odds: What to look out for

 

888sport has you covered when it comes to the latest odds. Check out up-to-the-minute numbers on upcoming matches, as well as the current figures in the race for promotion and fight to stave off relegation.

 

Here’s a few things to weigh up when betting on Championship football:

 

  • Momentum – So important for teams at this level. Aston Villa’s 10-game winning streak in March and April 2019 propelled them on to the Premier League, yet came after a sluggish post-Christmas run of only one win in the previous ten games.
  • Injuries – The Championship has a tough schedule and injuries are inevitable. A club missing its star striker, midfield general or defensive leader might well struggle to perform.
  • Transfers – The January window can be hugely influential. Alexander Mitrovic, for example, bagged 12 goals after a deadline day move to Fulham in 2018. He fired the Cottagers to promotion during a run in which they lost just once after January.
  • Expect surprises – The Championship has a habit of throwing up shocks. In 2019/20, Nottingham Forest had featured in the top six from Boxing Day right up until the final day of the season, before a collapse saw them miss out on goal difference. Swansea City overturned a five-goal swing to pip them to sixth spot.

 

Looking for more on-field facts? Find even more tips and insights over at the 888sport blog.

 

 

Championship football betting: Tips for 2020/21

 

Relegated trio Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City are strong contenders to bounce straight back following relegation from the Premier League, and all have short odds on EFL Championship promotion.

 

As ever though, the list of contenders is long. Early pace setters included Bristol City and Reading – both under new management – while Steve Cooper’s stylish Swansea City have impressed – as have play-off runners up Brentford.

 

Former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has been hoping to challenge with Stoke City, while Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End g – and East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County – will hope it’s finally their time.

 

 

FAQs

 

Do odds change after you’ve placed your bet?

The odds for your particular bet won’t change after you’ve placed it. However, Championship odds change all the time – especially given the competitive nature of the league – so you might well see prices lengthen or shorten for others placing the same bet as you.

 

What do odds of winning mean?

As with most events and sports, odds for Championship bets will typically be written as a fraction – they represent the chance of something happening and the amount of money you win if it does.

 

If something has odds of 3/1 you’d win £3 for every £1 you placed, plus your stake returned. Check out our guide to betting rules for more information about how odds work.

 

How can I predict a football match correctly?

There are no guarantees when it comes to betting – and outcomes can never be predicted every time. But many punters like to look at the latest data, study the form of both sides and consider things such as injuries and tactics when looking at Championship betting odds, since this is a division where upsets are common.

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