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The Championship – Outright Winner Odds
To win The Championship 2020/21; To Lift The Trophy; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/3 odds 1,2.
The Championship 2020/21 Promotion Betting – To Be Promoted To EPL
Three teams will be promoted to Premier League.
The Championship Relegation Betting Odds
Three Championship teams will go down. These are the odds to be relegated.
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The Championship Top 2 Finish Betting
To Finish in Championship Top 2.
The Championship Top 6 Finish Betting Odds
To Finish in Top 6 of The Championship.
The Championship Football – Top Goalscorer Odds
To Be Championship Top Scorer / Win Golden Boot; Each-Way Place Terms: Win Only.
Relegated Sides Still Head Bookies’ Championship Odds
Things are as competitive as ever in the race for promotion from the Championship and there may well be a few more twists and turns to come in the second half of a hectic and tiring 2020-21 season, writes Nick Dorrington.
Manager Daniel Farke’s Norwich were the worthy pre-season favourites in the betting for promotion and they have so far matched expectations, leading the league at its half-way point with strong underlying numbers and heading the bookies’ Championship odds. They are now fairly heavily odds-on with most firms to go straight back up to the top flight.
Fellow relegated sides Watford and Bournemouth also figured among the pre-season favourites to ascend. Despite the degree of uncertainty that surrounded both of their credentials in the lead up to the campaign, and the habitual mid-season change of head coach at Watford, both are in the race for automatic promotion.
If all three of those sides were to finish in the top six, it would be the first time since the 2011-12 season that all three relegated teams from the Premier League have at least made the playoffs.
Last season’s beaten playoff finalists Brentford made a relatively slow start to the season but despite a few too many draws they have picked up steam since to position themselves squarely in the promotion race. League-leading underlying numbers help explain their status as second favourites in the betting odds for promotion with many of the bookmakers.
Swansea made the playoffs last season with good metrics and they have again been strong this time around. They seem keen to strengthen their squad in the winter window to have a good go at a push for promotion, perhaps conscious of the fact they may not be able to lean quite so heavily on their league-best defence from here onwards.
The season’s main surprise to date, at least in a positive sense, has been Reading. They finished 14th last season with even worse underlying numbers but have completely turned things around. They were inside the top six at the halfway point of the campaign. While their metrics aren’t quite as strong as some of the other teams around and just below them, the points are on the board and they have a solid chance of making the playoffs.
Stoke seemed reasonable pre-season playoff candidates after combining top-six results with top-six metrics during the second half of the 2019-20 season. While they haven’t exactly sparkled, they are one of a number of teams who are still very much in the picture even as the table begins to fan out into more distinct groupings.
Middlesbrough have been better than expected under Neil Warnock on the back of one of the strongest defensive setups in the Championship and they seem fairly attractively priced to secure a playoff place. Barnsley and Bristol City will likely fade as the season goes on, but Blackburn, powered by the goalscoring exploits of Adam Armstrong, may yet emerge as a genuine top-six contender between now and the end of the campaign.
Luton have been better than expected, Cardiff slightly worse, but neither is likely to mount a serious playoff push. They will both probably end up in the mid-table nothingness between the edge of the playoff spots and bottom eight, a position into which Huddersfield also seem destined to slide.
Derby Figure in The Championship Relegation Odds
Nottingham Forest came home seventh last season but have struggled for form this time around. Indeed, they, Millwall, Preston and Derby all finished in the top 10 last season but would now probably view mid-table obscurity as a satisfactory conclusion to the campaign.
Derby certainly would after a poor first half of the season that has them in serious relegation trouble. Wycombe Wanderers were the pre-season favourites for relegation in the Championship odds and that has proved more than justified. They are bottom of the pile with the league’s worst metrics. Sheffield Wednesday are also not in a good place, as evidenced by the fact they had already gone through two coaches before the end of 2020.
That likely leaves Derby competing with teams like Rotherham, Birmingham, Coventry and Queens Park Rangers to avoid filling the third and final relegation spot. Head coach Wayne Rooney will have to find a solution to Derby’s chronic lack of goals if he is to avoid beginning his coaching career with a relegation.