The English Football League (EFL) Championship is one of if not the most competitive League in the world. With 24 teams battling it out to try and earn promotion to the Barclays Premier League this is a competition that is worth an unbelievable amount of money no matter how you get up there. There are 2 spots for automatic promotion, first and second in the league at the end of the season will automatically be promoted to the Premier League. The teams that finish just below them (3’rd, 4’th, 5’th and 6’th) will have to battle it out in the Play-Offs in order to try and get promoted.
Newcastle United won last years Championship, having just been relegated from the premier league they were able to add a couple of players and comfortably gain the Title. Brighton finished second and were only one point off of Newcastle and winning the title themselves. Huddersfield Town who were favorites to be relegated at the start of last year went on to defy all of the odds and win the Championship Play-offs, an achievement which will go down in their history books and will be hard to beat. The three teams that were relegated were Rotherham United, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers with Birmingham City just making staying up!
This year is set to be just as, if not more nail biting that last years season. With Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City all being relegated from the Premier League, and more than enough teams already competing for a spot in the top 6 we are finding it hard to choose who we would place our stake on! There are at least 10 teams that all believe they are in with a shot of getting in the Play-Off places or even gain automatic promotion. This will lead to a fierce and interesting competition.
Who’s going to get promoted is obviously not the only thing you can bet on, we will go over some of the other markets in a minute. Before that we will give out top tips for promotion and some of the latest odds.
Favorites for promotion to the EPL-
Middlesbrough- After a disappointing season in the Premier League Middlesbrough will be looking to bounce straight back up. They’ve managed to hold on to the majority of their star players, other than top scorer from last season Alvaro Negredo who was on loan from Spanish La Liga side Valencia. Also thanks to the parachute payments that will be given to them by the Premier League they should be financially better off than most teams in the Championship which allows them to make some great purchases.
Sheffield Wednesday- Sheffield would definitely be top contenders for a high finish in the League, in the past couple of years they’ve managed to make it into the Play-Offs; but have never won them. With some impressive players and consistent performances, you can never count them out! With a couple of additions, Wednesday could be a force to be reckoned with.
Leeds United- After having a great season last year and just missing out on the Play-Offs Leeds will be looking to improve and reach a higher position than last year under new ownership. They have already made some really impressive signings and appointed a new manager after Garry Monk left for Middlesbrough at the end of last season. Although they may not be the favorites Leeds are certainly in with a good shot at promotion this season and their fans will be with them every step of the way.
Reading- After having a fantastic season last year, finishing 3’rd in the League Reading just missed out on promotion when they were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off Final. They will be aiming for automatic promotion this season and it certainly isn’t out of reach. With an impressive squad and have already proved themselves as one of the best teams in the League this could be Readings year to shine!
Sunderland- After one of the worst seasons in the clubs history Sunderland will be hoping to bounce back with an impressive season in the Championship. Since finishing bottom in the Premier League they have appointed a proven Championship manager in Simon Grayson and with a few signings will have a pretty good squad. Nothings for sure but Sunderland will be giving it all they’ve got to gain promotion and they have a very high chance of doing so.
This was only our opinion and there are plenty of team that we also think are in with a very good chance of getting promoted. A few honorable mentions would be Aston Villa, Fulham and Wolverhampton who are all expected to perform well in the upcoming season.
You can also place bets on many different things throughout the season. Everything from who will be relegated to who will be the top scorer. Below you can find some of the markets that we came across while looking on William Hills website…
EFL Championship Betting Markets-
Aston Villa- 7/1 Fulham- 7/1 Middlesbrough- 7/1 Norwich- 10/1 Sheffield Wed- 10/1
Wolves – 11/1 Derby- 12/1 Sunderland- 14/1 Hull- 16/1 Leeds- 16/1.
Jonathon Kodjia- 7/1 Britt Assombalonga- 8/1 Jordan Rhodes- 9/1 Chris Wood- 10/1
Cameron Jerome- 12/1 Scott Hogan- 12/1 Yann Kermorgant- 12/1 Chris Martin- 14/1.
Burton- 6/4 Barnsley- 2/1 Bolton-2/1 Millwall- 9/4 Ipswich- 3/1 QPR- 3/1
Preston- 9/2 Bristol City- 6/1 Nottingham Forest- 6/1 Cardiff City- 7/1.
(All Odds found one William Hill, Subject to change)
Picking where to place your money can be a really difficult decision. If we were you we would go for a risky bet. Nobody would have guessed that Huddersfield would gain promotion at the start of last season but they managed to. The Championship is an unbelievably competitive league and you may be surprised at the end when you take a look at the Table. One thing you must remember though is to enjoy the games and always gamble responsibly!
We hope this this has helped you pick where you should place your stake. There are loads of viable options so if we haven’t listed them don’t count your team out as they could end up doing really well still! Thank you for reading and if you want to keep informed on all the latest news and offers from around the Gambling world then make sure you check out some of our other articles. Also, why not take a look at our Premier League betting piece?