England Championship predictions and odds

Although most punters often stick to top-flight national leagues and competitions, EFL Championship betting remains as popular as ever. It’s likely the biggest second-tier league in the world if we’re talking about football betting, and is more than worth your attention.

To that end, Betting Fellow is here with the best EFL Championship betting tips out there. We’ll also take a look at the state of the league going into the 2020/21 season – the favourites, top players, and most exciting showdowns we’ll be seeing over the next year or so.

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England Championship Predictions

28/02/2023

Luton Town - Millwall

Though Luton Town definitely have a shot at winning this match, they’ll need to work for it. Millwall are somewhat stronger, but the home-field advantage may be what the hosts need to shift the balance in their favour.

The 3.00 away win betting odds indicate that Millwall are the underdogs of this matchup. The difference is not huge, though, so both a victory for the visitors and are draw are still on the table.

Luton Town’s previous Championship clash came down to a singl... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Under 2,5 1.62 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 1:0
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07/02/2023

Blackpool - Huddersfield Town

Blackpool are not exactly firm favourites to register three points in this game but we still believe they will manage to defeat Huddersfield Town. The odds of 2.35 might sound a bit risky but we still trust hosts can come out on top in the end.

The visitors are well-aware of the task ahead. Beating Blackpool is difficult under any circumstances and doing it on their own turf would be an even bigger achievement for Huddersfield.

The hosts will be keen to forget their previous Cha... read more

Betting tip (stake: 9/10): Under 2,5 1.72 at Betsson
Correct score prediction: 0:0
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04/02/2023

Hull City - Cardiff City

Hull City are expected to win here, but we can’t call such betting predictions completely foolproof. Cardiff City may surprise us yet, and even a tie game seems a decent possibility from where we’re standing.

The Bluebirds will have little to hope for in this match. 3.60 betting odds on them winning paint a pretty clear picture and from this standpoint there is little doubt in regard to the outcome of this clash.

Hull City gave their fans at KCOM Stadium quite a show in las... read more

Betting tip (stake: 9/10): Under 2,5 1.67 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 1:0
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04/02/2023

Luton Town - Stoke City

Stoke City will give Luton Town a run for their money and there is no doubt about it. However, at 2.30 odds on home win in this match, we still recommend backing the hosts.

The task ahead is well-known to the visiting team. Defeating Luton Town on their own field would be a major accomplishment, and doing so is always challenging.

The home team recorded a home win in the previous round, but many consider their performance a slight disappointment. Their only managed to earn a 1-g... read more

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Over 2,5 2.33 at 888Sport
Correct score prediction: 3:1
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04/02/2023

Middlesbrough - Blackpool

With the 1.66 being what they are, we don’t expect anything other than a home win. Pulling off anything else would be a gargantuan task for Blackpool, so we’d stay away unless you’re looking for a long shot on purpose.

If betting odds are anything to go on – and they are - Blackpool will likely get overrun by their opponents with little hope of winning. Considering how one-sided this matchup is, they may want to cut their losses and focus their energy elsewhere.

,River... read more

Betting tip (stake: 3/10): HT/FT Draw/Home 4.30 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 2:0
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04/02/2023

Millwall - Sunderland

Betting odds can be illusive at times and Sunderland are more than capable of pulling an upset. However, Millwall should have a clear path to victory if they stick to the plan.

Sunderland appear severely unprepared for a clash with Millwall, to the point of being considered hard underdogs. We would consider even a draw a success, so the long 3.60 odds for an away win bit seem fitting.

Millwall are coming on the back of a convincing performance in their previous away game at Car... read more

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Under 2,5 1.68 at Betsson
Correct score prediction: 1:1
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04/02/2023

Preston North End - Bristol City

The home team are slightly stronger as far as most online bookies are concerned, but the difference is by no means insurmountable. Both a stalemate and a victory for Bristol City are still on the table.

The visitors are conscious of the challenge before them. To come out on top against Preston North End on their home field would be a noteworthy accomplishment, and it is never an easy task.

Bristol City went into their previous away game with a price of 2.70 to win, which only m... read more

Betting tip (stake: 5/10): Draw 3.40 at Betsson
Correct score prediction: 0:0
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04/02/2023

Norwich City - Burnley

Norwich City have a big mountain to climb. The task ahead is difficult but not impossible but with 2.60 slapped on home win in this match, this one is for the risk-takers.

Out of their home field and heading into this match as underdogs, Burnley would need to play their best to have a hope of winning. That said, even a draw would be a positive outcome, and all three results are quite possible.

Having won their last league outing, the hosts are feeling optimistic ahead of their ... read more

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Over 2,5 2.05 at 888Sport
Correct score prediction: 2:2
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04/02/2023

Reading - Watford

Though the match can honestly go either way, Reading will be at a bit of a disadvantage. Their victory is priced at 2.88 despite the home-field advantage, so they’ll need to bring their A-game.

The visiting team is fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead. A win against The Royals on their home field would be a significant achievement, and it is never an easy task.

The away team had little luck in the previous round of the Championship. They were the clear underdogs from ... read more

Betting tip (stake: 6/10): Draw 3.40 at Unibet
Correct score prediction: 0:0
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04/02/2023

Swansea City - Birmingham City

Betting odds can be illusive at times and Birmingham City are more than capable of pulling an upset. However, Swansea City should have a clear path to victory if they stick to the plan.

At 4.50 betting odds, an away win would be a huge surprise and we’re positive Birmingham are well aware of it themselves.

A point earned in the previous Championship round will be a morale boost for Swansea City. Namely, they fell behind after the first 45 minutes of the previous clash and were... read more

Betting tip (stake: 7/10): Over 2,5 2.10 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 3:1
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04/02/2023

Rotherham United - Sheffield United

The most probable outcome of this match is Rotherham United getting completely overwhelmed. They are underdogs by a considerable margin, and it’s not likely even the most optimistic of their fans are expecting them to pull off a victory.

Having a 1.71 selection on your slip can be a big boost to your potential winnings and with Sheffield United largely expected to beat Rotherham United, you’d be wise to use it.

Although the previous match against Watford ended in a 1:1 draw... read more

Betting tip (stake: 9/10): Over 2,5 1.98 at 888Sport
Correct score prediction: 3:1
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04/02/2023

Huddersfield Town - Queens Park Rangers

Huddersfield Town have their work cut out for them if they want to beat Queens Park Rangers. They are widely considered to be the weaker team – though the difference is not huge, to be fair. Overall, it’s shaping up to be an exciting showdown.

Queens Park Rangers are regarded as favourites, but that doesn’t mean they can relax. With an almost negligible difference in the perceived strength of these two teams, sub-standard play is a recipe for disaster.

Huddersfield Town ... read more

Betting tip (stake: 8/10): Away Draw no Bet 1.67 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 0:2
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03/02/2023

West Bromwich Albion - Coventry City

West Bromwich Albion are firm favourites in this matchup, and backing them may offer surprising betting value. It’s a very safe bet, though we suppose an upset is not outside the realm of possibility. We wouldn’t count on Coventry City winning, though.

It would be a minor miracle for Coventry City to win at The Baggies, and they’re likely aware of that. Though risky, such an outcome could bring solid profits thanks to the 4.75 price on most online sportsbooks.

We didn’... read more

Betting tip (stake: 6/10): Under 2,5 1.91 at bet365
Correct score prediction: 2:0
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28/01/2023

West Bromwich Albion - Wigan Athletic

If you’re looking for a relatively safe result bet, a home win at odds of 1.58 is a solid option. That said, Wigan Athletic may yet be able to pull off a surprise, maybe even in the form of a stalemate.

Considering what they’re up against, Wigan Athletic can’t set their ambitions too high in this match. Playing as visitors at odds of 6.50 for an away win, calling them underdogs seems like an understatement.

West Bromwich Albion fans were quite hopeful during the half-tim... read more

Betting tip (stake: 9/10): Home -1.5 Asian Handicap 1.90 at 10Bet
Correct score prediction: 3:1
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Championship Standings

  • Team
  • MP
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • F
  • A
  • D
  • P
  • Last Five
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  • Burnley
  • 28
  • 18
  • 8
  • 2
  • 55
  • 26
  • 29
  • 62
  • W W W W W
  • 5
  • Watford
  • 29
  • 12
  • 8
  • 9
  • 34
  • 31
  • 3
  • 44
  • L D W W L
  • 8
  • Millwall
  • 27
  • 12
  • 6
  • 9
  • 33
  • 27
  • 6
  • 42
  • W L W D W
  • 15
  • Hull City
  • 29
  • 10
  • 7
  • 12
  • 36
  • 44
  • -8
  • 37
  • W L D W W
  • 16
  • Reading
  • 28
  • 11
  • 4
  • 13
  • 31
  • 42
  • -11
  • 37
  • L D L D W
  • 23
  • Blackpool
  • 27
  • 6
  • 8
  • 13
  • 28
  • 40
  • -12
  • 26
  • L D L D D
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England Championship Results

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England Championship Results

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History and General Information

The full name of this competition is the English Football League Championship. Now, to those familiar with the history of England’s league system, its relationship to the Premier League will be familiar. However, we’ll go over because it may be confusing to beginners.

The main ancestor of today’s championship is the English Football League second division. The Football League was founded in 1888 to create a unified national league. The Football Association Cup existed before that, but the tournament format it has was an issue for many clubs. Namely, if a team was knocked out early, they would be left with no matches for the remainder of the season.

A round-robin competition was needed, but the EFL wasn’t the only fish in the pond. The Football Alliance was a rival league which existed for a few years towards the end of the 19th century. The short-lived competition consisted of 14 teams which weren’t part of the Football League. In 1892 the Alliance was merged with the main league, finally creating a central authority for English football.

However, the EFL already had the same number of clubs. Because of the competition’s round-robin format, it would be extremely difficult to organize enough matches to allow each team to play every other team twice. As such, the Second Division was formed to accommodate most of the Football Alliance’s member clubs. Notably, a few clubs still ended up in the First Division, replacing a few former First Division teams.

The system of relegation and promotion was immediately implemented as well and remains largely in place to this day. As time went on, more divisions were added – like the Third and Fourth – because of football’s rapidly growing popularity and the increasing number of clubs who wished to join the English Football League.

As the ‘70s and ‘80s came round, football in the country was at an all-time low. Despite notable successes in international competitions and massive fanbases, even England’s greatest clubs were financially weak and unstable. Those same clubs argued for a bigger cut of the profits due to bringing in more spectators, but these complaints ultimately fell on deaf ears.

All of this came to a head in 1992. In the ongoing fight to acquire better profits and TV broadcast rights, all First Division clubs simultaneously left the English Football League on February 20. This was a seminal moment in football history, and it also defined how the English football system would work. The Premier League was formed, replacing the EFL First Division as the top flight of English football. Though it is technically a separate entity, pretty much the entire format remained intact, including the system of promotion and relegation.

As a result, every team in the EFL was bumped up one league higher – at least in the name. The former Second Division became the First Division, even though it represented the second flight of football on a national level. If you feel this sounds a bit strange, you’re probably right.

That’s why the Football League was rebranded in the 21st century. In 2004, the Football League First Division was renamed to the Football League Championship, while the Third and Fourth divisions were rebranded as League One and League Two. Also, the organization was rebranded as the English Football League in 2014 (though we referred to it as such throughout this text to avoid confusion.)

The Premier League split did greatly impact some aspects of the Football League. For starters, its member clubs reported financial issues caused by reduced viewership because the country’s most popular clubs left. Today, however, those issues were smoothed out if the numbers are to be believed. Despite not being a top-flight league, the English Championship maintains an enormous following. Reportedly, it records higher attendance than ever France’s Ligue 1 or Italy’s Serie A, which are both members of the European Big 5.

Format

The Championship’s format shouldn’t be unfamiliar to anyone who’s ever seen a football league, except with 4 more clubs than what you might be used to. The 24 constituent teams of the Championship play against one another twice throughout a season, typically lasting from August to May of the following year. As always, one match is played home and one is played away, and points are awarded in the usual style of 3/1/0.

Despite being called the Championship, the winners of this league are not named champions. Instead, the two best-placed teams go on to the Premier League. Additionally, Championship play-offs are held to determine which team will take the third promotion spot.

Championship play-offs take the form of a mini knockout tournament. The third-placed team plays against the sixth-placed team twice, while the fourth-placed team plays against the fifth. The winners of these outings face off in single-match Championship finals, the winner of which earns a trophy and a promotion to the Premier League.

Conversely, the three bottom-placed teams are relegated to League One. League One has a similar structure to determine who gets a promotion to the Championship.


EFL Championship Derby Matches

M1 Derby

Though the noted showdown between Luton Town and Watford is long past its prime, it’s a storied rivalry going back more than a century. The relations between these two teams and their fans were very fiery in the 80s while both of them were in the top-flight. The teams’ fall from relevance eventually resulted in calmer showdowns, though it is still well known among football fans.

East Midlands Derby

It would be a misstep not to mention a rivalry involving Derby County, and the one with Nottingham Forest is perhaps the most notable. This is likely the fiercest rivalry outside the Premier League and dates back more than a century (though the clubs were admittedly more successful at the time.)

EFL Championship Best Stadiums

Hillsborough

With a capacity of just under 40,000, Sheffield’s home turf is the biggest venue in the Championship. Being one of the oldest football clubs in the world, Sheffield boast a very old and storied stadium. That said, one of those stories is the infamous Hillsborough disaster, which marked football history and changed the standards for stadiums forever. Currently, there are plans to further increase the capacity to 45,000.

Riverside Stadium

Built in 1996, Middlesbrough’s home ground is an impressive all-seater stadium with a capacity of just over 34,000. It was constructed to replace the Boro’s previous stadium after the Hillsborough disaster, which sadly means that it can’t hope to match the history and charm of some other Championship teams’ stadiums. Still, it boasts modern facilities and regularly houses fierce showdowns.