Championship Season Preview
There is no doubt that the Championship is one of the most competitive football leagues in the world. It is also one of the toughest leagues to get out of, and every single season you will see very good teams struggling to get out of the division. You can have a good season in the championship and finish 8th, 9th or 10th, due to the amount of good quality teams in there. The upcoming 2018/19 season looks to be no different, so expect plenty of tight games and a thrilling finish to the season.
Who Will Win the Champions 2018/19 Season?
The betting for who will win the Championship is wide open which reflects the views of many people and that is that there are a number of teams in contention. We have big teams who didn't go up last season despite performing well, alongside relegated teams from the Premier League who are looking to bounce back at the first time of asking. Two of the teams to be relegated from the Championship are the first and second favourites to win the league this season, with Stoke at 5/1 and West Brom at 8/1. Swansea appear to be taking things a little slower and seem happy with a longer term plan for their Premier League return, meaning they are bigger at 12/1.
To round off what is a fascinating looking top eight this season there are five big Championship clubs, who are all desperate to get into the Premier League, and have been close to promotion over the past couple of seasons. At 17/2 to win the league, Middlesborough are the most likely team to win it from those who played in the Championship last season according to the bookmakers. Big spending Nottingham Forest are next in the betting at 10/1, while Leeds United and last season's playoff final losers Aston Villa are both available at 11/1. Derby County round off the top eight and they are 12/1 to give rookie boss Frank Lampard a title win in his very first season as a full time manager.
The experts have taken a look at the Championship, as well as many other top leagues in Europe and they have come to the conclusion that Leeds United are the team to be backing this coming season. You can see their thoughts on the Championship here, as well as what they think will happen in many other leagues.
Who Will Make the Championship Top Six?
Many teams are in with a chance of winning the league this season, and even more will fancy their chances of finishing in the top six to either bag automatic promotion or get inot the playoffs. The teams above all appear to have great chances of making the top six, but there are eight teams so straight away at least two will be missing out, and that is without mentioning any other teams.
Sheffield United performed very well last season on their return to the Championship and they have spent well this summer. They are priced up at 12/5 to finish in the top six, which makes them a shorter price than their city rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who are 33/10. Norwich are another team who have a chance to make a real impression with a bit of luck this coming season and they are priced up alongside Sheffield United at 12/5 to get into the top six.
Who Will be Relegated From the Championship?
As exciting as the race for the top looks to be this season, the fight to avoid relegation also looks set to be a good one. Of the three teams that were promoted into the Championship, Blackburn and Wigan have a lot of experience and will be looking to stay up with ease, while Rotherham look set to find things much tougher.
After avoiding relegation on the final day of last season, Bolton are favourites for the drop this season and they are priced up at 11/10. They are just ahead of Rotherham in the betting, who look set for a tough time in the Championship after finding a way out of League One. Rotherham are priced up at 23/20 and after these two there is a gap to the rest of the teams in this market.
Ipswich at 11/4 and Reading at 15/4 are next in line, with Hull just behind at 4/1 and QPR at 9/2. All those four are big teams and should either of them go down then they would find things very tough from a financial point of view in League One. However, it does emphasise the tough nature of the Championship and what is required just to survive in the English second tier.
If you want to add some value to your bets at the bottom of the Championship then you may find the best betting market to look at is the one where you predict who will finish bottom of the league. Rotherham are 15/4 favourites for this market, while Bolton are priced up at 9/2. It is here where you will find huge value on some other teams if you think they are going to struggle, with Hull and Reading both priced up at a huge 14/1 to be the bottom club this coming season.